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DIY Noren Curtains

I live in a shotgun style home, where we have no hallways and it’s  basically just series of rooms, back to back. Some shotgun homes have doors to separate the rooms, but some, like mine, only have doorways. No doors. I’ve grown accustomed to the openness of being able to see basically all of the rooms if you look through a doorway, but I did also somewhat miss having a bit of separation between each room. My solution to this was to whip up a few sheer noren curtains. So of course, I’m going to be sharing with you this easy sewing project!

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01First, you’ll need to measure the width of your door and then how long you want the curtains to fall.

002Divide the width by half. Add 1/2 of an inch to each side. Add 4 inches on top and 2 inches on bottom. Cut out these two measurements from your fabric.

03Put the fabric together, right sides together, mark down 8 inches, 1/2 of an inch in. (Note: My measurements are twice as big because after cutting the fabric, I realized I didn’t have to finish the outer edges of the curtains because they were the selvage edges. So instead of trimming 1 inch off every piece of fabric (I made 3 all together) I just made the seams twice as large on the inside.

Sew along the line and then fold open.


04Fold 1/4 of an inch and iron that down. Then fold another 1/4 of an inch, iron again and pin. I skipped all of the ironing parts on the first one I  made, which was a huge mistake. For the other two I ironed after each fold and it made the job so much easier. So do as I say, not as I do.

05Sew the seam down along the edge. This will encase the raw edge of the fabric in the seam, making them look nice and neat! Repeat this process on the outer edges of the curtain. Fold 1/4 inch, iron, fold 1/4 inch, iron, pin, sew.

06For the top, fold down 1/4 inch, iron, fold down 2 inches, iron, pin, sew.

07For the bottom, fold down 1/4 inch, iron, fold down 1 inch, iron, pin, sew. Repeat on the other flap.

And you’re done!

08Now from here you can either leave them plain or you can decorate! I was already thinking about decorating them, but after I put up this plain one to see how it looked, I decided I was definitely going to decorate them. They just didn’t do it for me in their plain state. It probably didn’t help that this particular curtain looks horrible because the tension of my sewing machine was off so it puckered the seams really bad.

But anyway, to decoration!

09For this one I drew an ensō circle. It’s supposed to “express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.” I thought it would be perfect to put up in one of the doorways to our office/studio/wood shop.
10For this one I just painted some pretty standard bamboo.

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And for this one I painted the whole curtain, sans a circle in the middle, with a dark greyish blue. After that dried I painted the circle with liquid gold leaf.

And here they are all hung up!
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I hope you all enjoyed this project! I’m glad I didn’t give up after I hung that first plain one. I almost did. But I think they look so much better after painting on them.

What do you all think?

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4 Comments

  1. Alicia
    April 27, 2015 at 1:52 am — Reply

    Like your diy Noreen curtain. Question, what kind of brush and paint did you use for this project?

    • April 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm — Reply

      I useda 2ish inch wide bristle hair brush for the circle, a 1 inch wide bristle hair brush to paint the bamboo and a foam brush for the sun.

      I used india ink for the circle and the bamboo, but for the bamboo I watered it down a bit, and for the sun I used watered down acrylic paint for the back ground and then liquid gold leaf for the sun.

      Hopes this helps you out, thanks for checking out my blog 😀

  2. Alicia
    April 28, 2015 at 3:46 am — Reply

    Thank you so much for responding. I enjoyed watching your video and reading your blog.

  3. Jason
    December 17, 2016 at 11:03 am — Reply

    Hi, those look great! What kind of fabric did you use?

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