How To: Chevron Curtains for the lazy girl


I love the look of Chevron curtains, but I couldn’t find an affordable pair in a color that I liked, so I decided to make my own.  I had several sets of Ikea Lenda Curtains {white long panels for $19.99/pair} and a pair of light grey Woolrich curtains from Target {no longer available- but buying fabric would be cheaper anyway}.  No-Heat No-Sew Fabric Glue is $3.49 per bottle and I buy it from Hobby Lobby in the Fabric Department.

White Ikea Panel, Grey Panel & No Sew Glue

  I can’t sew, and I prefer instant gratification- so mine aren’t perfect, but I love ’em anyway. I’m a visual learner, so I took pictures step-by-step to recreate this look- but I used a sheet of notebook paper as the white panel and a piece of grey fabric the same size. {So, use a curtain panel and a piece of fabric that is the same width as your curtain panel.}


Start by folding your grey curtain panel vertically in an accordian style- keeping each fold the same size.


{Whoops- see my imperfect folding?} oh well! 

Once you’ve folded the grey panel accordian style, you’ll want to iron both edges to set the folds.  I used my hair flat iron because it was easier than hunting for our big iron that I have not seen or used in many moons.  Can I get an amen? ;0)

Cut each end at an angle to the corner

Cut both ends at an agle to the corner and throw them away.

 Cut the rest of the folded curtain panel into pieces that are the same width.  Throw away those end pieces on the bottom.  You can use a ruler to measure and  mark off your pieces, or eyeball it.  I always eyeball everything, but most of my best friends are OCD and the thought of eyeballing anything makes them sweat. {Ahhh hem! Lisa & Amy}

My Chevron Stripes are 12 inches wide.

   Unfold each grey stripe and lay them out onto your white curtain panel.  Move them around- adjusting the white space between each stripe until it looks even. (or measure, if you must)  You will have leftover stripes- in this case, I had 3 extras.

  Once you have the stripes where you like them- with an equal amount of white between each- take off each stripe one at a time and line it with glue like this on the back and lay it back in place on the white panel. 
 Gently press the stripe into place on the white panel and working from the middle out remove any air bubbles or creases in the fabric.  Use a damp washcloth to remove any excess glue that seeps out from under the edges. 
  Let your new Chevron Curtains dry for about 3 hours and then hang them and enjoy!  The No-Sew glue is permanent, washable in cold water, and can be dry cleaned.
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  1. KayKay says

    Awesome idea! I’m for sure going to do this. I think I might try to add gray ribbon trim to the strips. I can’t wait to try this!!

  2. Kimberly says

    ok, so great curtains, but I’d like to know about the spoon art on the wall! I love it! Did you make or buy it?!?

  3. kimmy says

    loooooove this! i have a question: has the grey fabric frayed on the edges at all? any suggestions for how to prevent that? i am totally going to steal your idea, thank you for sharing!

  4. Janelle says

    I was looking at chevron curtain images & came across this. I just want to tell you that I LOVE your idea!! I will definetly be referring back to this when its time to replace our living room & bedroom curtains when our new furniture arrives & I can be certain of my colors…I just know that I want chevron. Thank you so much for the step by step also! Cant wait to explore the rest of your blog.

  5. Christina @ Floridays Mom says

    Okay, now these are amazing! We’re all so in love with these super expensive fabulous curtains and now you’ve figured out a way to do with them without sewing on a budget. LOVE IT! Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I’ll be for sure using this idea in one of my future rooms! Only question I wanted to ask, did you have any fraying with the fabric, that is the only thing I wondered about. Yours seem to look great, but just curious. Thanks again!

  6. mayra says

    hi love this idea……..has anyone tried to make these……i just went looking for the gray fabric and its about 9.99 a yard……….how many yards did you use per gray panel??? looking to make these this weekend. thanks

  7. michelle says

    Any other ideas as to where else I could get the no-heat no-sew fabric glue? There isn’t a hobby lobby anywhere near my location. I looked it up online and couldn’t find it anywhere.

  8. Peter says

    Holy! You make it seem so simple. I’m sure it requires a steady hand and some level of craftiness. Not sure I’m ready to try this or not but good to know that it can be made at home. Maybe for the kids rooms… hmm… thanks!

  9. Esther says

    I’ll be making these for my baby’s room, going to use pillowcases with designs I love but are too small for our big pillows for the stripes instead to add some flare! Also planning to purchase buttons to sew at the top of the curtain tabs to give it a different flare. LOVE this project, love that there is no sewing involved, thank you so much!

  10. Kathy says

    There is a product called “Fray Check” that you can use if you are afraid of fraying. A t- shirt knit fabric may be an option, as it does not fray.

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