10 minute DIY no-sew cafe curtains – from a cushion cover!

10 minute DIY no-sew cafe curtains – from a cushion cover!

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Last week I was on a bit of a ‘decorate the laundry’ roll. I first made printable laundry symbols wall art. Then I decided that I absolutely totally needed to put curtains up in the laundry right this second. However, because our laundry window is a really weird shape (tall and very, very narrow), I knew I’d have to make the curtains myself.

The problem?

I am absolutely dreadful at sewing. Wonky hems. Miscalculated measurements. Constant machine jams. All of my sewing adventures have been, frankly, a mess.

Rather than trying to convince myself that I could totally sew curtains (I definitely cannot), I decided to try to make another pair of no-sew curtains after my DIY no-sew farmhouse curtains turned out so well. So I rummaged around in my DIY supplies box to see if I could find something I could use to make curtains without sewing.

Enter a humble IKEA cushion cover.

At the bottom of my box, underneath a pile of kitchen towels I probably had a plan for at some point, was this cute, grey-checked IKEA cushion cover. It was just the right amount of fabric to make some farmhouse-style DIY no-sew cafe curtains for my oddly-shaped laundry window. I couldn’t resist and immediately got to work.

And guys.

These no-sew cafe curtains are such a fun and easy project to make. You wanna know why? Because these curtains require no sewing, no measuring, and take only ten minutes to make. Heck yes.

How to make DIY no-sew cafe curtains from a cushion cover

To make your DIY no-sew cafe curtains, you will need:

Step 1: Separate the two sides of your cushion

To begin making your no-sew curtains, use a fabric unpicker/seam ripper to remove the zipper from the cushion. You don’t have to unpick every stitch – just unpick every fifth stitch or so then rip the zip off.

Photo of a hand removing zipper from cushion with a seam ripper

Once you have removed the zip, use fabric scissors to separate the two ‘sides’ of the cushion cover by cutting up the remaining three sides.

Photo of a hand using fabric scissors to separate the two sides of the cushion

Now you should have two squares of fabric that are roughly the same size. Each square will be one curtain panel.

Step 2: Iron your fabric

Photo of an iron pressing cushion cover fabric in preparation for DIY no-sew cafe curtains

I know no one likes ironing, but working with freshly-pressed fabric makes everything so much easier. And I’ll be honest: When working with fabric, I need things to be as easy as possible.

Step 3: Hem your squares

I’m a chronically messy cutter when it comes to fabric. Ragged edges. Loose threads. Weird angles. It’s a mess. As such, hemming is a must for me if I want a neat finish.

To hem your curtains without sewing, begin by flipping your fabric squares over so that the backside is facing you. Now grab your double-sided fusible hemming tape (the saviour of all terrible seamstresses) and, following the instructions on your particular brand of fusible tape, iron a strip of fusible tape to the bottom of your fabric square, like so:

Photo of an iron fusing a strip of hemming tape to the bottom of a square of fabric
Excuse the terrible photo. I didn’t realise the steam was misting up the camera lens. Oops.

Then, fold the fabric over so that the non-fused side of the tape is pressed against the back of your fabric. I just used the lines of the checks as a guide to ensure my hem was straight. Use a ruler or measuring tape if you’re not sure that your hem is straight. Iron to fuse.

Photo of an iron pressing the hem of the diy no-sew cafe curtains

And just like that, you’ve created a pretty little hem for your DIY cafe curtains without sewing a thing!

Repeat on two more sides, leaving one side unhemmed. You’ll use this unhemmed side to create a pocket for your curtain rod in the next step.

Once you have finished your first fabric square, repeat the above with the second fabric square.

Step 4: Create a curtain rod pocket for your no-sew curtains

The final step is to create a pocket for your curtain rod to run through.

Still working with the back of the curtain facing you, iron a strip of hemming tape on the remaining single unhemmed edge of your fabric square.

Photo of hemming tape on final unhemmed edge

Then, grab the curtain rod you intend on hanging your curtains on and lay it across the fabric, like so:

Photo of a woman's hand holding a wooden dowel near the edge of the curtain
Due to the weird size of my window, I used a skinny wooden dowel, cut to size with a saw, as a curtain rod. Glamorous!

Remove the remaining paper layer on your fusible tape. Then, fold your fabric over to create a little ‘pocket’ that’s just the right size for your rod:

Photo of a woman's hand holding the pocket down

Keeping the rod in place, use your iron to fuse your double-sided fusible hemming tape to the back of the fabric, as you did when hemming the other three sides. When finished, repeat with your second fabric square.


And with that your DIY no-sew cafe curtains are finished – and in under 10 minutes!

Picture of the completed no-sew curtains hanging on a curtain rod in a laundry
Excuse the discoloured grout. It’s not dirty or dusty. It just…came this way when we rented the place.

These no-sew cafe curtains are a great window treatment idea for any small, oddly shaped window.

Picture of the completed DIY no-sew farmhouse cafe curtains hanging on rod in laundry

The thick, stiff fabric of the cushion-cover-turned-curtain means these curtains work well at blocking out hot afternoon sun. Great for days when I’m stuck doing load after load of laundry!

Picture of the no-sew curtains hanging on a rod in the laundry

Have you made any no-sew furnishings before? Let me know about them in the comments – I’m always looking for new ideas!

No-sew cafe curtains

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s bad st sewing. These look easy enough to try!

    1. You’re definitely not the only one! These are so easy, even I had trouble mucking them up.

  2. Loved this! Thanks for sharing. I have used the wooden dowel for the curtain rod myself. You can also paint it white or gold and it looks just like a standard metal rod. Put a colorful bead on each end and have a unique “special made” rod.

    1. Thank you, Angie! That’s so sweet of you. It’s funny you should mention that – I spray painted my dowel with a metallic spray paint a few days after I made the curtains. However, ever since then I’ve been totally stuck wondering what to use as ends – beads are an absolutely genius idea!

  3. Thank you for sharing! What a great idea.

    1. You’re most welcome, Emma 🙂

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