Idiots Guide for No Sew DIY Chevron Drapes

I haven’t made much progress on Colin’s big boy room lately, as I’ve been waiting for some stuff to arrive. My chevron fabric came in over the weekend and I was so excited to make my first no sew drapes.

DIY chevron no sew drapes

I called this the idiots guide for no sew chevron drapes because when I started looking on the web for guidance I noticed some details were left out, such as where to order fabric, how heavy of fabric you need, and how much for standard drapes. I thought some might find this helpful so I am laying it all out there step by step.

items needed:
fabric
iron adhesive
iron/ironing board
curtain rod
2 pages of rings (one for each panel)

Measure. Many guides say ” measure how much you need, etc etc etc” and while this may seem like a simple task for most, I was kind of clueless. If you are planning to make 2 panels similar to what you would expect to buy in a store between 84″-95″ long, I would suggest purchasing 6 yards of fabric that is approximately 54″ wide, this will give you a little left over but give you plenty of wiggle room to work with.

Order: If you do not have access to a good fabric store, ordering fabric online can be super simple. I ordered my fabric through Warehouse Fabrics, Inc for $7.47 per yard, it was called zig zag, in chartreuse I found an online coupon for 10% off so with shipping the fabric was just over $46. They have a HUGE selection of chevron fabric in almost any color, as well as a lot of other contemporary patterns. This fabric was labeled as medium weight which I can say is plenty thick for drapes. The quality of the fabric is fantastic!

lime chevron fabric

Iron adhesive: I was new to iron adhesive until recently. This stuff is AMAZING and a must if you don’t have access to a sewing machine such as myself. I chose to use the one sold by Ikea which can be found in their drapery isle. I believe it is $1.99 a package, I used 2 for this set of no sew drapes.

Cutting the fabric: The first thing I did was cut my fabric in half so I was working with two separate drape panels… this made handling much easier.

DIY chevron curtains

Ironing “seams”: I folded an approximate 1″ flap down the sides of my drape to create a side seam. The directions for the iron adhesive say to iron your creases first before you apply the tape. No sew chevron curtains

Then lay the tape in place and fold the flap back over to iron the pieces together working my way down the entire length of the fabric. No sew Chevron Curtains

Next I created a similar seam for the top of my panels, using the points in the chevron lines as a measuring guide. I’ve heard working with patterns can be difficult because you have to be concerned with lining everything up, but for drapes, the chevron lines provided a guide for my hems and I didn’t have to use a measuring tape once.

No Sew Chevron Drapes

Touch up the corners: Because I lapped fabric over fabric, my corners weren’t “perfect” so I trimmed off the edges a bit and applied and extra piece of adhesive to give them a finished look. No Sew Chevron Curtains

Hang your Rods and Rings: As suggested everywhere on the web, I chose to hang my rods much higher than my window and another 8″ or so wider than my window to give the illusion the window is bigger than it is. I found my rod at tjmaxx for $7.99 and picked up the rings on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond for $4.99 each.

Hang and hem your drapes: I decided it was easier to hang the drapes on the rings first to get a real idea of how short I wanted them. I marked off where I wanted them (again used my pattern as a leveling guide) and repeated the same steps I mentioned above for creating a hem.

No Sew Chevron Drapes

I cheated a bit and kept my drapes hanging for this part and just flipped the ends of the drapes over a chair to apply my iron adhesive. Then I trimmed off the excess fabric leaving about a 2″ flap inside on the bottom.

No Sew Chevron Drapes

Then it was time to just step back and admire my new no sew chevron drapes, I’m in love with this zig zag print.

DIY No Sew Zig Zag Drapes

They are perfectly finished, even up close.

DIY Green Zig Zag Drapes

What do you think? Have you made no sew drapes before? Planning to make some in the future. I’d love to hear all about it.

 


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28 thoughts on “Idiots Guide for No Sew DIY Chevron Drapes

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Karen! I guess its all the same thing, I’ve never worked with any of it before and was super impressed with the way it held and looks.

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks!!! Yours look great too..don’t sell yourself short. I was intimidated at first, but they were actually really easy to make. Now I hate all my drapes and want to make all of them with fun fresh fabrics!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Tina! I love the green too. I’m planning to get him a bright orange bean bag chair too..figured the blues, lime, orange will look so good together.

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  1. Jennifer

    Very cute! I’m just about to make some drop cloth drapes for our living room and was planning an Ikea trip. Thanks for pointing out they carry ironing tape! That place is so huge, sometimes you need to know what you’re looking for. Great job and good color choice!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Ohhh, drop cloth drapes would be awesome! I can’t wait to see them. Yes, the ikea tape is where its at. I used all mine up on these drapes and now I wanna get some to have on hand. You are going to LOVE working with it.

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  2. Donna Ellis

    Did you look in my living room? This is exactly what I need to do for 12′ ceilings – to offer a little softness and texture. Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration so I can finally get this project crossed off my list! Your chevron curtain panels look FABULOUS!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thank you Donna! Oh, with 12′ ceilings you should for sure make your own! They’d be outrageous otherwise. I’m so happy you found the tutorial helpful. I have ZERO experience with sewing of any kind so even though these were no-sew I was intimidated to work with fabric. They were simple as could be… I think taking your time is key. I hope you make them.. I’d love to see them when you do! :)

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thank you Michele, that pop of citrus is just what the room needed! I’ll be sure to stop on by and check out your give-away today!

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  3. Chrissy @ Two Everyday Divas

    These turned our super cute! Thanks for including the extra info, like yardage and where you got your fabric… I have been thinking about tackling curtains for my bedroom but you are right there is not a ton of information out there as to how much fabric I will actually need so this was really helpful!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Chrissy! I am so happy you found the yardage and fabric store link helpful. I found their quality to be great, especially for the price. The thing that is nice is that these look just as nice in person as they do photographed. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Shawnatan

    I made these over Christmas Break…using your tutorial and pictures it was super easy! Can’t wait to hang them! They may be no sew…but you’ve still got to drill to hang the rod! Thanjk you!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Bethany. They are super easy. I will tell you, since doing this tutorial I have worked with several different kinds of iron adhesive and I still feel the one sold at Ikea is the best, the hold is really great and you don’t have to use a wet towel to steam it unlike the kind I picked up at Walmart. Just a little extra detail in case you’re serious about doing some.

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      1. ngnrdgrl

        That is good to know! When I finally get around to it (and I am seriously wanting to do this), I will have to get some from Ikea. Thanks for telling me, because I would have gone to my local fabric shop if you hadn’t. :)

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  6. Marcetas

    I love these curtains! I’m thinking of doing blue chevron for my daughters play room. Would you mind sharing how to attach the rings? Do you make holes in the fabric, or perhaps did you use some type of rings that clip on?? Your entire tutorial was very helpful, but I’m confused about this part. Please help! I’m eager to get started.

    Thanks!
    Marcetas

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks so much for your interest in them. They were super easy to make! As far as the clips.. No holes necessary. They are just simple clip rings that you can pick up at almost any drapery section. I got mine at bed bath and beyond, you want to buy two packs (one for each panel) so they lay properly. I think the ones I used were $6.99 each (before my 20% off coupon)
      Good luck with yours, I’d love to see them when you’re all done! Christina

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