DIY Hidden Tab Curtains

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DIY Hidden Tab Curtains-- With a few materials and a sewing machine, these can be made in under an hour! |

With only 2 days until Thanksgiving, I’ve been running around like crazy trying to get as many projects done as possible. The first time my in-laws were here visiting we had just moved in, our household goods had just arrived and were all still in boxes. So this visit I wanted to show them just how much I can transform this on post-house into a home.

My mother-in- law and grandmother are the queen’s of curtains. So I wanted to try my hand at making a two panel set of curtains for the window in our living room. I’m taking this house one room at a time, starting with the living room, since that’s where we spend most of our time. And these curtains are just another piece of that puzzle.

I have a not so secret love for muslin. It’s inexpensive,  and has a rustic look and feel that I’m drawn to. This is what I’ll be using for my curtains today. As far as how much depends on your window measurements and the length and style of which you’ll be hanging them. We have a couch in front of the window so mine will be 6″ higher than the window and end at the top of the couch. I’ll also be going 6″ wider. I’ll take each panel side in 1″ and 3″ each at the top and bottom. 4 yards were enough to make mine with a little wiggle room. These particular ones are unlined because I like a lot of light coming into my house and only wanted something to close at night to so as to not feel exposed to outside passer by’s.

I want to note this was a midnight project, so excuse the poor lighting in my photos. When the kids are in bed is the best time of day for me to tackle projects.


  • Fabric of choice
  • Matching thread
  • Twill tape (or other sturdy ribbon like material)


After you’ve measured and cut your fabric, you’ll start by taking in each side 1/2″, iron flat, and take it in again 1/2″. I use this cardboard template to help me make this process easier and faster. fullsizerender-1

Pin and sew along the inner edge.


Do the same with the bottom hem. Fold half (1 1/2″ for me, totaling 3″), iron, than fold again, pin and sew along inner edge.

Cut your strips of twill tape 5″ long. Pin and space evenly along the wrong side and sew across top securing in place.


Now fold the top back about 1/4″, keeping the tabs flipped up. Iron flat. fullsizerender-5

Flip back again 3″ with the tabs flipped up,iron flat. Flip tabs under to create a loop and pin in place. Sew along the inner edge.


Sew across the bottom of each tab securing it to the fabric.

Now run the rods through the loops and hang high and wide baby.

I also use a separate template to hang my curtain rods evenly. 6″ wide and 6″ high with a notch cut into the corner to rest on the window ledge. I draw the where the holes of the brackets need screws into the corner, and drill accordingly.


Now’s the hard part, getting a decent picture without window glare! I blame it mostly on the fact that by no means am I a photographer, and partly on the fact that the north country just got hit by winter storm Argos and there’s 9″ snow everywhere. Snow is a huge reflector of light and was not being kind in sending all that light into these photos.



If you’re eyeing that awesome DIY coffee table, I’ll conveniently place that link here.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

Have you made these? Let me know in the comments below, or tag me on facebook @graceandthane, or on twitter @gracethaneblog.

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