Most department store curtains are not long enough to reach the floor. In my boys rooms, I don’t want them dragging on the floor, because it just makes it harder to clean. That being said, my 10 year old’s curtains were waaay too short. Like high-water pants on the wall. The moment that I put them up, I knew I would have to lengthen them. Lengthening meant sewing, because it’s not like I was going to use tape…hahaha….that’s crazy… Ok, I used tape. They actually have a product for people like me that can’t/won’t/shouldn’t sew. I found that making curtains longer without sewing was possible with heat and bond adhesive tape.
Here are the high-water curtains before. Too short, right?
My son’s room is decorated mostly with grays, with pops of yellow and I found this solid yellow curtain, which was a good match.
I took the existing curtains down and gathered my supplies. The heat and bond adhesive, a yellow curtain I found on clearance, scissors and a small iron.
And Rocky Balboa training music, which is the soundtrack for all my projects.
I cut a yellow piece of the curtain for both panels. Be sure to measure. In my case, I didn’t want it too long, but you may want yours kissing the floor, if it’s for a more formal area of the home.
I placed the iron-on tape where I wanted to adhere the new cut piece to.
Then I ironed over it, which is what makes one side adhere to the existing curtain.
Once it cooled, I pulled the film off and placed the new yellow piece over the tape.
I ironed once more to make sure that the other side of the tape adhered to the new fabric I was adding.
I did the same thing to the second panel and I was done! It was so easy and I wondered why I didn’t do it sooner. I seriously had this tape in my closet for months because I thought the process was somehow more difficult.
Maybe I will add another thin piece later on…maybe a black or gray but for now, this length is good.
Here is the before and after.
So I thought I would share this with you just in case you have a pair of curtains that you love, but are a tad short. Adding another color band at the bottom, not only adds length, but a bit more style, and in kids rooms it’s another opportunity to add a pop of color. Which is something Rocky Balboa would care about. Not really, but he would totally avoid sewing if he could. I am sure of it.
If you have curtains that you love, but it bugs you that they are so short, give this a try.
Miriam De Francisco says
Wow Maria! Beautiful site and amazing tips!!
Thank you Miriam!
Very good tip, I hadn’t thought about it. Thank you for sharing
Glad you liked it!
Really nice tip for my curtains, Maria
Glad it helped, Maria!