Tutorial: Easy Peasy Curtains from Sheets

One of my most popular posts (and by far the most pinned) is the one I wrote more than three years ago about turning sheets into curtains.  Do these photos bring back memories?

Ribbon Tab Curtains Green Sheet Curtains
DIY Dining Curtains

I’ve been looking for curtains to update our entryway for what seems like forever. I actually bought a set at Target, but I had instant buyer’s remorse since $30 a panel was more than I wanted to spend and I wasn’t sold on the pattern. As luck would have it, the day I returned those curtains, I decided to take one last stroll down the textile aisles and came upon the motherload!

How could I forget that I didn’t have to stick to the curtain aisle to find great curtains? Check out all the darling sheets I found with great curtain potential!

Target Sheets to Curtains Target Sheets
Target Sheets Target Sheets
Target Sheets Target Sheets
Target Sheets Target Sheets

To make two panels, you’d want to purchase full size or larger sheets, but none of the sheets above cost as much as the two panels I bought and returned that day. If you only need one panel or have two small windows to cover, you could easily do that with the clearance twin sheets above (bottom right) for $12.58!

But why stop at sheets?  A duvet cover would definitely be big enough to turn into curtains (it might require a bit more sewing), or you could hang and hem two $10 tablecloths for practically instant drapes at 1/3 the cost.

Target Duvet Cover Target Tablecloth

I chose a full-sized set of the gray and white striped sheets above and got to work.  This time I made my job even easier and hung the panels from curtain clips, eliminating the need for tabs at the top.

Here’s how the curtains turned out!

Striped Sheet Curtains

And here’s how I made them.

First I washed and dried the sheet set, making sure to pull the flat sheet out of the dryer before it got too wrinkled. Then I folded the sheet in half long-ways (hotdog style, if that helps!) and cut along the fold.

Cutting Sheets in Half

Then I hemmed the long cut edge of each panel by folding, ironing and pinning the hem in place and then zipping it through the sewing machine. If you want no-sew curtains, just use hem tape for this step!

Hemming Long Edges

Next I hung the panels up by the curtain rings and cut them to length. I eyeballed this step, but the panels were cut to about 4″ too long and had approximately a 3″ hem at the bottom when finished.

Cutting Panel to Length

I used the top of the curtain ring packaging as a guide and ironed the bottom hem before sewing. Again, to make these curtains no-sew, just hem them with hem tape.

Hemming Bottom of Panel

Once the hems were complete, I hung the curtains and called it a day.  What do you think of the finished product?

Hanging Sheet Curtains
Sheets to Curtains

I’m happy that this fun update was affordable (under $25 for two curtains), and I love having stripes in our entryway. During the day, the view from outside looks like plain white curtains, but at night you see just a hint of stripe from the light in the entryway.  Cute!

Striped Sheet Curtains Curtain Closeup

In other house news, we got started on an outside project this weekend (see a hint in the photo above), and I found out I passed my comprehensive exams!  All 4 of them!

Summer’s off to a pretty great start, indeed.

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27 Responses to Tutorial: Easy Peasy Curtains from Sheets

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  2. Lynn W says:

    We have two sliding doors in our living room (no other windows!) and I knew finding curtains would be expensive. I had my eye on the perfect curtain panels at Urban Outfitters a while back and by the time I had saved enough money to buy them, they were out of stock! I scanned their website and found a duvet cover in the same print. I bought it (for less than the cost of 4 panels) and took it apart, hemmed the sides & bottom, sewed a pocket for the curtain rod and hung those suckers! I love them! I may never buy anything but sheets for our windows from now on. 🙂

  3. kristin says:

    Oh yeah! I’ve used sheets for shower curtains but never curtain curtains. I should reconsider this (especially since the last time I looked, one panel was $25).

  4. Mary says:

    Congrats on your exams! Love your new curtains-looks so easy think I’ll try it!

  5. Jenny B. says:

    Hey Meredith! I just saw those green curtains on Pinterest again last night, and thought, “hey! that’s a great idea!” I totally forgot that I had seen them before and that they were yours! Ha! 🙂 The new striped ones look great too! I’ve been hunting for dining room curtains, and have yet to find anything I like in the curtain aisle. I’ll have to remember to check the sheets next time I’m out! 😉 P.S. My friends, Dave and Kendra, have been speaking very highly of you! They are so excited to move into their new house. 🙂 Congrats on passing all your tests!

  6. bobbie sandrock says:

    I have done this many times, to keep them from floating at the bottom, I have sewn pennies in the bottom hem.

  7. Jane says:

    When you buy sheet sets what do you do with the pillow cases and fitted sheet?

    • Meredith says:

      Sometimes I use the fabric for other things, like when I made our dining room curtains and used the fitted sheet for the matching Roman shade in the kitchen. Other times, we’ll use the fitted sheets as drop cloths when we need to protect our floors from some messy project or another. And sometimes they get donated to the thrift store!

    • Emily says:

      If you have pets, spare fitted sheets are great for tucking over the backseat in the car or on their bed!

    • Sharon Hudson says:

      Where I live you can buy flat sheets by them selves but if you do get a fitted sheet you can use it to cover a chair to protect it say for a dog to sit in . Way back when I was young we were a lacking of money a lot so we used fitted and flat sheets to cover a couch or chair that wasn’t so pretty. I have used pillow cases to cover tops of end tables or dressers too.

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  9. Why would you wash and dry it first? By doing so you’re removing all the sizing which is going to make them look better than wimpy washed curtain. It’s not like the fabric is going to be up against your skin.

  10. Susan Isaacson says:

    Hi Meredith,
    Just looking around websites for ideas on how for ideas on how to hang curtains without using grommets (as I had planned) because I discovered that I didn’t have enough room in my 5th wheel windows due to a wooden overhang “thingy” that they built over each window. It only allows a 3″ depth (i.e., space from the wall to the outer edge of the wooden overhang. Grommets would need a 4″ leeway with the rod in place, or they won’t hang nicely under that window covering when open. I don’t really care for the clip on rings either . . . so when I found your tabs idea (on the green striped curtains) I thought it might just work. I could place the tabs closer together to make smaller gathers in the curtains when open and end up needing less depth, I think. I wondered what your thought might be on this. Do you think it might work? Also, I wondered what size your curtain rod was for the 3.5″ tabs? Any ideas on this? Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

  11. Vee says:

    These look amazing! I am not so great on the machine but that does not keep me from trying. My daughter is obsessed with Mario bros, and insisted on these Mario sheets which turned out to be like nearly 100% polyester, poor girl was sweating every night, plus the sheets refused to stay in place. I never use the regular sheet when I buy a sheet set, so I took an old sheet and sewed it to the back of her Mario sheet, and walla, she now has Mario bros curtains that completely darken her room at night (neighbors leave their porch light on all night). Unfortunately, I was too nervous to cut it in half, hence why I am reading your post before I take on the challenge of turning another sheet into curtains. I simply want to add it behind an existing set of curtains, which are allowing too much heat in, and after seeing the prices of 96 in long curtains, I am doing it your way. Sorry for the long story, I have been home alone all day and I am feeling chatty.

  12. Amanda says:

    LOVE this idea!! Can you turn these into blockout or thermal curtains? I can’t find any fabrics I am really in love with for curtains in rooms that get flooded with sunlight (read “heat”) all day. Did I mention I can only hand sew and do not own a machine? Thanks, in advance!

  13. Sharon Hudson says:

    I have been making curtains from flat sheets for a long time , all my windows are sheets for curtains. I like your ideas as mine are simple too. I take the top part of the sheet and it has a nice folded hem and I make a seam about a inch wide from the bottom seam depends on how fat your rod is and make an opening at each end and put your rod through it and you have a curtain with nice gathering . 🙂

  14. Lori Marcus says:

    What did you use on the green floral sheets to make them go through the rod. Can you buy those loops?

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  16. Linda Bauer says:

    Use excess fabric from fitted sheet and pillow cases to make pillow covers for the couch.

    • Violet Casper says:

      Yes, this is a great way to tie in a look and not waste fabric. I do not throw away old fitted sheets without pairs.

  17. Aj says:

    Meredith, or anyone else…. it would be sweet to implement hidden pockets to hide valuables or visible pockets to store magazines/mail/reminders in plain sight. Maybe even tastefully design *hydroponic herb garden pockets* on the sunny side that can channel water using clear tubing to each herb pocket for a effect, etc.
    Buying Queen or King size would give you even more template possibilities with the remaining material! All I ask is you make a nice full set of earth tones for my single family home & all its windows/sliding doors 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. Barbara Boulris says:

    just what I need for my sliding glass doors

  19. Phyllis Simon says:

    sheets for curtains,look good

  20. Violet Casper says:

    I’d like to add, that one can use discounted fitted sheets for cheap recliner or sitting chair covers. I line the seat and back rest areas with painters tarps for waterproof coverage against pets, husbands, and kids.You can do the same with flat sheets. Saves one money and extensive headaches trying to cover hard to size recliners and sitting chairs. That being said, I have used many flat and fitted sheets from second hand stores and discounted sheets from dept stores to make many curtains, throw pillow covers, & sofa covers.

    For curtains, If you find only one panel. Split it in two and combine it with another panel for a two toned look or cut multiple panels in half after allowing enough space to fold over, to go over your rod if need be. To make various smaller panels.

    Just this week. I spent 23.00 at Goodwill to outfit two large living room windows for 8 panels of 50 in width x 84 in lenght. Out of one large beige king size flat sheet and two cheap gold sheer curtains. I also bought two sheer lilac curtains 60 in width x 63 in lenght which I will divide for a total of 4 panels for half the size to make in 60 in w x 32 in L to outfit two bedroom windows. I am still considering adding some lace overlay or ribbons to the curtains but part of me prefers to keep them simple. Hope this helps. This is a great project when you are on a budget or when you cannot find curtains for custom windows.

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