The EASIEST DIY Tie Up Curtain Tutorial EVER!

January 30, 2018

DIY Tie Up Curtains

No sewing machine? No problem. This is the easiest tutorial for DIY, no sew, tie-up curtains. For this tutorial all you need are 9 very basic supplies. Number 9 being the MOST important.  Upfront, these curtains are INSIDE mount. That means you will mount them INSIDE your window frame. Okay, just wanted to make sure you knew that before getting started.


  1. Fabric
  2. Stitch Witchery (Hobby Lobby) – It’s in the sewing/fabric area.
  3. Iron
  4. Ironing board
  5. Tension rods (Hobby Lobby) – In the fabric, curtain rod area.
  6. Ribbon – I recommend a ribbon that has the pattern on the front and the back of the ribbon so your bows look nice.
  7. Ruler
  8. Pencil
  9. Your DIY attitude!

Before You Leave Your House To buy supplies

  • Measure the width of your window. Add 4 inches. Write this number down.
  • Determine the length of your curtain(s). Add 4 inches. Write this number down.
  • Put on pants.

At The STore

  • Buy the amount of fabric you need. Maybe purchase a little extra if you’re like me and always make mistakes.
  • Buy any of the supplies listed above that you may not already own.
  • Use a coupon. Seriously, do not, I repeat, DO NOT go to the counter at Joanns’, Michaels or Hobby Lobby without first getting on your smart phone and tracking down a 40% off coupon.


Step 1

Pour yourself a glass of wine and tell Alexa to play “Tracy Chapman Radio”

Step 2

To make one curtain panel:

  • Cut off the selvage part of your fabric. That’s the fringy/unfinished part
    cutting off the selvage
    Cut off the selvage
  • Cut your fabric the width of your window +4″ and the desired length of your curtain +4″
    Fabric for DIY TIE UP curtains
    I made two rectangles because I made two curtains.
  • Iron fabric front and back
  • Place your fabric wrong side up
  • On each side of your curtains mark 1″ from the edge and 2″ from the edge with a pencil
  • Do your sides first, then top and bottom.
    • Fold edge over 1″ and press with iron
    • Then fold over another 1″ and press with iron.
    • Place your stitch witchery in between your fabric and your second fold, press and seal.

See pictures

Folded fabric edge 1" over and pressed with iron
Folded the edge 1″ over and pressed with iron. Then fold the edge over again and press again.
Unfolded fabric to show I made two seams and pressed twice
Unfolded fabric to show I made two seams and pressed twice.
  • Once you have folded all your edges over 2x and sealed all edges with stitch witchery, run your tension rod through the top inside fold that has not been pressed and stabilized with the stitch witchery. (No pic, sorry).
  • Hang your curtain in the window
  • Cut your ribbon the length you like and tie bows at the bottom
  • To help your curtain lay the way you like do a few accordion folds at the bottom and mess with it until it hangs the way you like.

The End. Ta Daa!!!!!

DIY Tie Up Curtains
DIY Tie Up Curtains
DIY Tie Up Curtains
DIY Tie Up Curtains

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