My husband and I recently moved to an old home with lots of character and charm, including two small crank windows on either side of the fireplace. Wanting to “dress up” these windows without having to shop for the right sized curtains, I decided to just trim the full length curtains that I already had.
I’ll admit, I’ve been taught how to sew, but a) I’m not very good at it, and b) ain’t nobody got time for that! So, I searched around for an alternative solution to create a new hem line and came across Heat’n Bond. They sell rolls of it for about two dollars at craft stores and it comes in a couple of different types. The standard version is good if you plan on sewing on top of it, the Ultra version is designed for you to not have to sew at all, so naturally I went with that.
For this project, I used:
- Full Length Curtains (72″)
- Heat’n Bond Ultra
I started by measuring where on the window I wanted the curtains to fall and cut approximately 1 inch below that.
I then took the curtains down and placed a strip of Heat’n Bond about half an inch below where I wanted the hem line to be, with the adhesive side facing the material and the paper side facing up.
With the iron set to medium heat and no steam, I ran it over the strip, pressing down for two seconds on each section.
After letting the strip cool for a minute, I removed the paper backing and folded over the remaining half inch of fabric and ironed it to the adhesive strip, pressing the iron on each section of fabric for about 30 seconds this time.
From start to finish, this project only took about 15 minutes and the result was two perfectly hemmed, custom length curtains. This is a really easy and affordable way to customize your curtains to fit any window!