DIY Curtains

Sewing a sleeve into heavy-duty netting is as easy as folding the netting over onto itself, pinning it with straight pins, and sewing along the base of the fold to create a sleeve. 

FOLD & MEASURE

3.5 to 4 inches is ideal for a curtain sleeve. 

PINNING 

Use straight pins to keep the fold in place while sewing.

Placing a straight pin every 6 to 12 inches helps keep the fold in place. You will remove the pins as you sew. 

SEWING

Sewing the heavy-duty netting is easy. Feed the edge of the folded netting into your sewing machine. Sew about 1 inch, then reverse and sew backwards over the starting stitch back to the edge, then continue sewing forward. This is a common sewing practice to ensure the stitch is sealed at the start. 

Continue sewing until you reach the end of the sleeve fold and then reverse the machine, sew backwards over the last inch of the stitch, and then sew forwards over it again to seal the end of the stitch. 

Now your sleeve is complete. 

CURTAIN RODS

In most cases, we recommend EMT aluminum conduit rods for curtains. These rods are available in the electrical sections at Home Depot and Lowes and these rods are lightweight, rigid, inexpensive, easy to mount, and don't rust. 

We recommend using 3/4 inch EMT rods for UP TO 10 ft spans and 1 inch EMT rods for more than 10 ft spans. 

The rods come in 5 ft and 10 ft lengths and can be joined together using EMT couplers (photos below)

Above is a 3/4 inch diameter 5 ft length of EMT conduit

EMT conduit mounts, corner joints, and couplers. Match the size to your rods

(i.e. 3/4 inch parts for 3/4 inch rods and 1 inch parts for 1 inch rods)

MOUNTING A ROD

EMT conduit rods have 2-hole strap mounts that can be used to mount the rods on your patio, porch, etc. 

Use two screws for each mount on each side of the rods. If you are doing a really long span (20 ft) with a single rod, you can mount two strap mounts side-by-side on each end of the rod for double reinforcement. 

COMBINING RODS

If you are wanting to have a single rod that is longer than 10 ft, you will have to join two rods together using a EMT coupler. 

This is a 3/4 inch EMT screw coupler. It is smooth on the inside.

Slide the coupler onto on rod, then slide the othe rod into the other end of the coupler. 

Once both rods are inserted into the coupler, tighten the screws to secure them in place.

All done!

CORNER JOINT COUPLER

If you need to bring your curtain around a corner, you can join two EMT rods with a 90 degree corner joint coupler. It is the same basic design as a straight coupler. 

Insert a rod into each end, tighten the screws to secure the rods in place, and the curtains can slide around a corner fairly easy (just be a little careful to make sure it doesn't get caught) 

GROMMETS

Grommets are great for hanging curtains (using shower curtain hooks), hanging on cup hook screws, or for securing your netting to a post. We recommend Easy Gardener Sunshade Grommets from Home Depot. They are $4.50 for a 10-pack. 

These grommets are UV-resistant, rust-free polymer and can be inserted anywhere in your netting using just a hammer. 

These are the only tools you need: a hammer and a knife/razor blade.

On a hard surface, place the netting on top of the male-side of the grommet, and sandwich the netting with the female-size on top. Then hammer the grommet together with gentle taps until the grommet sets. 

Once you have inserted the grommet, cut the netting out of the center with a sharp knife or razor blade.