Easy DIY Curtains – How to Make a Rod Pocket Curtain

Easy DIY Curtains – How to Make a Rod Pocket Curtain


Hi, I’m Clara from Online Fabric Store. Rod pocket curtains are the easiest style of curtain to make It’s simply a panel of fabric with a tube at the top for the curtain rod. So let’s get started. The materials you’ll need are: Drapery fabric, this is Waverly Pom Pom Play Spa, scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, pins, thread, a ruler or measuring tape, a fabric marker or pencil, a sewing gauge which is optional, and an iron. To determine the size to cut your fabric, take the dimensions you want your curtain panel to be and add 4 inches to the width and 12 inches to the height to account for the hems. This curtain will be 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall when finished, so I’m cutting the fabric 40 inches wide by 60 inches high. First, I’m going to hem the two sides of the panel. Fold the edge over 1 inch and press. Then fold it over another inch and iron it again. Sew down the length of the panel about 3/4 of an inch from the edge of the fabric. Backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches. Repeat this for the other side of the panel. The top hem forms the rod pocket, which should be at least twice the diameter of the curtain rod. For this curtain, I’m making a 3 inch double fold hem. Fold the fabric over 3 inches and iron. Then fold it over another 3 inches and press again. Sew along the bottom crease of the hem about 1/4 inch from the edge to form the pocket. The top can be done at this point, or you can choose to add a header, which will make the panel extend a little past the top of the curtain rod. I’m sewing 1 inch from the top of the panel to form a 1 inch header. Finally, sew the bottom hem. To make the bottom of the curtain fall exactly where you want, hang the curtain panel first to better judge how much to hem. For this curtain, I’m ironing another 3 inch double fold, same as the top hem. Again, sew down the width of the panel about 1/4 inch from the crease. And that’s it. For sewers of all levels, rod pocket curtains are an easy project that will have high impact on the look of your space. Thanks for watching this OFS project.

85 thoughts on “Easy DIY Curtains – How to Make a Rod Pocket Curtain

  1. Thanks for the video. Going to try and make some curtains for our travel camper and replace the metal blinds. This looks easy enough but I am new to sewing so it will be a task I'm sure.

  2. Great video and you make it seem more simple than I was imagining PLUS I thought I needed to line my valance for the weight.  I'm thinking not if I can find the fabric I want in a heavier weight.  Thanks!!

  3. Please stop the music!!!  This is a DIY video, not a carnival.  Really distracting for an otherwise good video.  Thanks

  4. Your video is so superior to all the others on making a valance. It's professional and includes ALL necessary steps! Thank you!

  5. Could you show us the bottom hem too? I want to see how a 3" double hem sits. It sounds too bulky with thick curtain material.

  6. A big thank you goes to YOU! I followed step by step your tutorial, and now I no longer have to look at my electrical panel. Now I will make curtains for every occasion!

  7. A little slower for we who are just starting to sew. But your instruction were good. I watch several times to get them

  8. Want to let you know that you helped a 45+ year old male, just make curtains, so he can surprise his wife when she returns home from her overseas trip. The tips you showed are great. Never thought about ironing to hold the crease and the double fold. So simple and yet it's not common sense for the uneducated beginner. ^_^ So glad I watch this. Thanks!

  9. I have been making curtains for at least 40 years. It is not necessary to fold over three inches twice on the header and the hem. All you need is to fold it over 1/2". That's plenty. You're just wasting fabric.

  10. Great tutorial. You make it look so simple. I feel confident now. I definitely can't wait to try and see how my curtains come out. I just spend a lot of money buying curtains for my home. Glad I ran in to your tutorial on Pinterest.

  11. thanks for the help! I have wanted to make my own panels but have never had the confidence to attempt it. Your video was very helpful

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  13. I made me some out of this colorful sheet I found in the dollar storethey came out good I didn't do all that I just cut an flood to side I wanted they look nice like I buy then be blessful always but still like ur to Shelia🌹🏵💮🌸💐🌼🌻🌺🌷🏵🌹💮🌸💐🌷🌼🌻🌺thanks

  14. Thanks for the simple and clear instructions. I successfully made my curtains in an afternoon. So proud of myself(even though I know they were super simple)!

  15. Thank you for taking the time to make a GREAT tutorial!!! I followed you directions and I made a nice Curtain, I cant wait to make more! I got so tired of looking at blankets covering my windows. I didn't think It was something I could do, cant wait to learn more. Keep up the great work!!

  16. Can I use a flat bed sheet instead of drapery fabric and get the same results? Not after block outs or anything just can't find any decent fabric in the theme I want

  17. Hi! thank you so much for this step by step easy tutorial. I JUST finished a set of curtains for over my sink. I watched your video all through the project… you made my afternoon an absolute pleasure.

  18. Overall the presentation was good for advanced or intermediate sewers. However, you might want to include "pulling the thread" to ensure one has a straight line with the fabric, for beginners.

  19. I have a plaid type shower curtain i want to make into a window valance what do i do with the button holes at the top?

  20. First I used your DIY Box Cushion video to cover all the cushions in our vintage camper, now onto the curtains. Thank you, Clara! Couldn't have done it without you 🙂

  21. Nothing but relevant information in a quick & understandable video. I went from overwhelmed to confident in just 3 minutes. You've given me a quality lesson and quality curtains.
    Thank you sew much!!

  22. I just watched your video and found it to be the easiest tutorial on how to make window curtains. Beginner seamstresses should have no problem. 😊

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