diy {super simple tab curtains}

I like disclaimers. So here are mine for today:

I’m not an interior designer.

My sewing skills are on par with my five year old’s.

I’m not fancy.

I like simple, fast, cheap and no-fuss.

This diy post is for those of you like me.

In our ‘guest room’ we have 4 rectangular windows. The room is up high and if it were just us, I’d go without curtains since we don’t have neighbors super close. However, I think guests like a little more privacy! I wanted something very simple on the windows that would really only be used when we have an overnight guest. I also needed it to be affordable and easy to make.



  • Twin Sheet set (mine is from Target)
  • Ribbon (mine is from my friend April’s shop, Southern Hospitality)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • a mom that can sew straighter lines than you (at least if you are me)
  • Eye hooks10.14tabcurtains-03

Step 1: Cut and sew panels that cover each window, overlapping the edges of the windows a bit. Originally, I planned on doing this…but I only sew a semi-straight line. My mom knows this. Thankfully, she agreed to do the cutting and straight line sewing for me. The curtains turned out much better as a result. Mine would have been all wonky.

Step 2: Cut the ribbon into strips about 2 inches long

Step 3: Pin the ribbon in place and test on your window before you sew them down.


Step 4: Sew the ribbon tabs to the curtain. Obviously, I am not a perfectionist on this…my ribbon is folded over a bit on the backside. Don’t look mom. No one will see it (except you right now), so I don’t really care.

Step 5: Hang your curtains. To hang mine, I just screwed eye hooks into the drywall about 1 inch above and outside the window. I also attached one hook in the middle (see later pictures).10.14tabcurtains-07

See how straight those curtains are?! That would not be the case if my mom had not intervened.10.14tabcurtains-0910.14tabcurtains-11And there you go. I am sure a publisher will be contacting me soon to ask me to write a sewing book.

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  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - I love using sheets in unexpected ways! I think the curtains turned out great!

  • Paige - Ha ha ha ha!!! They are super cute and right up my skill level!

  • Renee - Perfect. Our sewing skills match and I keep saying I’m going to sew curtains for my boys’ room (out of some old flat sheets)…

  • Kristin S - So smart!

    I sew the same way. While I like to follow patterns, every time I do it comes out “wrong”. I’d rather freestyle and then it’s not “wrong”.

  • Kirstin - Love them!
    So, I guess I am a detail person…
    Is there one hook in the center or two?
    Wondering if both panels hang on the same hook when the curtains are closed?
    Thank you!

  • AshleyAnn - Kirstin – just one hook in the center that they both hang from

  • Ann - It looks great! I love your idea’s. Where did you get the pillows on the bed?

  • Kimberly Oyler - feeling preeeeetty cool because I already have this sheet set. πŸ™‚

  • carol - love the supply list! Had a little bit of MH to it!

  • Cathy - haha, well maybe not a sewing book, but a home design book! I am following your blog and instagram for a while now and have to admit when I first saw pictures of your house I was like”wow, thatΒ΄s how you can live, soooo cooooool”
    Here in Europe (Austria) styles and ways of decoration and even design are totally different and since I discovered the US “farm, thrift, DIY” way of decorating I am in love :O)
    keep doing what you are doing!

  • fina - cute! is that the bed you once wrapped with fabric strips? if so, did you remove them for a particular reason? i’ve been meaning to try something like that since i saw your post and am wondering how it held up. thanks!