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How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains

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.

This tutorial shows how to make an unlined rod pocket curtain, but a lining can be easily added. Cut the lining the same size as the finished curtain and tuck it under the hems and sides before sewing. See How to Sew Lined Tab Back Curtains for more details on adding a drapery lining.

How to Make Rod Pocket Curtains
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Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

To determine the size to cut your fabric, take the dimensions you want your curtain panel to be and add 4” to the width and 12” to the height to account for the hems. To figure out what total width your curtains should be, multiply the width of the window by 1.5 or 2, depending on how full you want the curtains to look.

(Finished width) + 4″ by (Finished height) + 12″

This curtain will be 3 ft wide and 4 ft tall when finished so I’m cutting the fabric 40” wide by 60” high.

How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

Step 2: Sew the sides of the panel

First I’m going to hem the 2 sides of the panel. Fold the edge over 1” and press. Then fold it over another inch and iron it again.

How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 2: Sew the sides of the panel
How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 2: Sew the sides of the panel

Sew down the length of the panel ¾” from the edge of the fabric. Back stitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches. Repeat this for the other side of the panel.

How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 2: Sew the sides of the panel

Step 3: Sew the top and bottom

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” double fold hem.

How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 3: Sew the top and bottom

Fold the fabric over 3” and iron. Then fold it over another 3” and press again. Pin the fabric in place.

How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 3: Sew the top and bottom

Sew along the bottom crease of the hem about ¼” 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” from the top of the panel to form a 1” header.

How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 3: Sew the top and bottom
How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 3: Sew the top and bottom

Finally, sew the bottom hem. For this curtain I’m ironing another 3” double fold, like for the top hem. Again sew ¼” from the crease.

How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains - Step 3: Sew the top and bottom
How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains
How To Make Rod Pocket Curtains