Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DIY Sewing Project: Simple Window Curtains

Since I already have my sewing machine, I won’t be contented only with the 1st project I made. I have to go on and do more projects in the future, after all that is the reason why I got the machine in the first place.

But to do that more complicated project, of course I have to start with simple ones, since I have zero skill in sewing. 

What did I choose for the 2nd project? Well, I chose to make simple window curtains. Simple that only requires one kind of fabric, a flat iron, and a sewing machine.

I went to Gaisano City and got an inexpensive Geena Earth cloth that is usually used in making curtains sold in a local department store and thread that will match the fabric color. Later that night, I waited until the kids were asleep, then started my project.

First, I had to iron some areas of the fabric that were wrinkled, measure about 22inches in length, not touching the full width of the fabric on 60”. The 2 of 1 inch is allowable measurement for the edging, the 4 inches I allotted for the top part where the curtain bars will be placed.

Since, I am no expert yet in guiding the fabric for straight stitches using the sewing machine, I had to fold, then iron the edges where I intended to run the needle. Then finally sew the fabric slowly but surely. Yet, I still have about 50% crooked stitches, huh! I need more more practice to get them straight and clean.

After few minutes, tadaaaa! I already made my first simple window curtain.

The next series of so called ‘working nights’ after the kids were in bed, I did the following; cut the rest of the fabric until I have 9 pre-cuts (we have 10 small window panes in total), iron them the next night, and then started sewing for 3 more nights. Overall, I made 10 pieces of curtains in 6 nights. Huh! Not bad I think for a working mom.

Here they are now, already hanged on our windows, still using plastic straw strings because until now I don’t have wooden or metal bars for our window curtains yet.

Anyway, making this project is indeed economical and satisfying. Economical in the sense that, with the 6 meters polyester printed fabric @ P32/meter (P192.00) turned into 10 pieces of 16 inches drop curtains + the thread @ P25. A total of P217 + 6 nights of sewing, indeed I saved about P683.00 because 1 curtain of this kind is sold around P90.00 here in the city. Satisfying because I got to learn another skill to add my other self-learned skills. Yikes! jack of all trades, master of none.. that’s me.. hehehe.

Next time is a simple short-pants for my little boy. Until then!


  1. Congrats on your sewing project. Like you, I always precut my fabric so if I have extra time, I will just sew. So far I've made 14 throw pillow cases naman and plan to sew more. lol.

  2. I do needle point, but I have zero skills in sewing as well. This project looks easy. I want to try it.

  3. Congratulations on your projects so far! I also have a Brother Sewing Machine but haven't learned to use it yet. Soon i hope!

  4. Does Gaisano City also have fabric for clothes? Also, I love your curtains. I want to try making something like that - just a little longer. Hehe. :)

  5. Wow, your first set of curtains look dainty and cute! I've always wanted to do this but I also have zero knowledge in sewing. Your project just inspired me. :)

  6. Love your new window curtains.. I can't sew but can really appreciate your handy work.

  7. Wow! Congrats on your DIY project. For sure more will come.

  8. Wow! love your curtain and looking forward for more of your sewing projects! Super talented mo naman Sis.:)

  9. I also prefer to buy fabrics and sew than to buy the ready made one. Really saves me a lot of money that way :)

  10. I'm planning to get one of those portable sewing machine so that I sew too.

  11. Inggit ako, hehe. Plan to buy Brother sewing machine too. I saw it was on sale at Lazada. But I need to save more for it pa, hehe.

    1. Naku sis, mas cheaper nga sa Lazada compare sa pinagbilhan ko.

  12. Cool project! Simple but very cozy. Congrats!

  13. I have a sewing machine which I got from Lazada for an opp I made for them. Hanggang ngayon nakaseal pa rin hehe


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