Sewing Window Treatments

What you need to know before sewing window treatments. And how to make sure your are actually saving money when you sew curtains and valances.

Who wouldn't like to have pretty window treatments without spending a fortune?

By sewing your own window treatments you can save lots and lots of money, but . . . beware if you are not careful you can also end up wasting money on mistakes. Or even worse, you can stay stuck with misfitted or cheap-looking window treatments.

Here are some tips that will help you create window treatments that look custom-made not home-made!

Patterns and instructions

Even if you have experience with sewing, unless you are a professional drapery seamstress you will need help on how to sew window treatments. Sewing a dress is different than sewing a valance, and sewing curtains is not the same as sewing roman shades. For each window treatment that you sew you need an appropriate pattern or guidelines for that particular window treatment.


Most people realize that the color of the fabric is important when designing curtains, drapery, or valances. But did you know that which type of fabric you use is critical if you want the window treatment to look right?

Poorly chosen fabric can make your valance look droopy or your curtains too stiff. The fabric has to lay right for that specific window treatment style if you want it to look professional.

The pattern or instructions should include information on which type of fabric to use, how much fabric you need, and which direction the fabric should lay.


Having the right supplies and notions will save you half the work. Whether it's pleating tape or drapery weights or Roman shade clutch kits these supplies will make sewing window treatments not only easier but also the results will be more professional.

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Specialty Shapes

Do you have an odd shaped window and are wondering how to cover it?

Check out our window treatment ideas for specialty shaped windows.

You will find:

  • Separate pages for each shape window ex. arch, trapezoid, etc.
  • Ideas that allow you to get the most use out of your window
  • How not to lose the unique architectural look of your window
  • How to protect your window's view while protecting your privacy

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