DIY No Sew Curtain from a Vintage Pillowcase

Turn a vintage pillowcase into a quick DIY no sew curtain.

Do you ever find that when you finish a project it seems to bring on a whole new set of projects & disarray?

Sometimes the mess just drives me batty, so I try to do some projects as quick as possible ~ you know, kind of like that timing game I did with the Living Room Refresh.

Such was the case on the day I decided to tackle the final projects for the main bathroom.  I was just finishing off (trying to) organize the vanity when my husband came home for lunch, announcing that we needed to leave for a camp errand in 1 hour!

Oh, mercy.

Rather than just abandon my goals for the day, I decided to just go ahead and kick up the speed a couple hundred notches.

On my to-do list that day was to find something for display/storage by the tub as well as a curtain for the window.  I had the crate painted and I decided to move on to the curtain project while the paint dried.

To be honest, I’ve been researching and mulling over a window covering for this room for months!  I’ve pinned multiple ideas on my Bathroom Pinterest Board, and even tried out a few options to see how I liked it.

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The trouble was, I really like having the window completely uncovered during the day.  It already has some privacy covering on the bottom pane, and I love having all the light stream in during the day.


Night-time, however, was a different story.

I just hated that black hole in there, and it always felt like people could see in.  {They’d have to perch themselves in trees with binoculars to do so, but still…}

So, with my mind whirling in high gear, I remembered an orphan vintage pillowcase with really pretty lace on the bottom.

Step 1: Open up the pillowcase

It was just folded on one side, so I only needed to remove 2 seams.  I did try at first, to open the seams the “proper” way with a seam ripper, but found the stitches were so tiny, I couldn’t see them even with my old lady glasses on.  So, I took a big breath and got out the scissors…


and cut it open.

I held it up to the window and sure enough, it was a perfect fit!

Then,  I dug around in my vintage stash of things to find something that could work as loops.  Tada! The perfect thing:


Vintage bra straps!!!  What???

I kept laughing at the craziness of this project, but just kept on going…

Step 2: Cut 3 piece of ribbon (or vintage bra straps!) into the same length – around 3.5 inches.


I ironed the straps (they look like muslin) and cut 3 the same length.

Step 4: Attach ribbons to the top of the curtain like loops with Speed-sew adhesive.


I then attached them like loops using Speed Sew (It’s glue!!) ~ 1 on each end, and 1 in the middle.

Step 5: Screw 3 cup hooks into the top of the window frame. (One on each end, and one in the middle.)

Some quick searching unearthed some brass cup hooks, that I screwed into the top of the window frame.

cup hooks

Step 6: Glue vintage lace around the edges with Speed sew.

I didn’t like seeing the raw edge of the fabric on the top, so I glued some lace from the vintage stash across the top.


Now, during the day, it can just hang out on the side of the window…

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and at night, we can just hook it up!


Thank goodness for vintage bra straps…;)  Apparently, the most creative (and crazy!) ideas come when working at breakneck speed and fuelled by desperation and determination!!

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One Comment

  1. What a brilliant idea you have in there! Curtains looks so nice on AND also when they are taken aside. Looking ahead you becoming projects 🙂

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