Sewing Pom-Pom Curtains for my Family Room


I may be guilty of over-using pom poms lately… but I love my new family room curtains! This week I put the finishing touch  on them – pom pom trim. Now I am in love.

I’ve been working on this room for months now. Let me show you the progression…

Our family room has inset windows that have cubby-like spaces underneath. My hubby thought that would be a good place to store out-dated stereo equipment and such. Hmmm….

Last month I decided to use the shelves for a Christmas Nativity and sewed floor to ceiling curtains to draw the whole space together.

So this is what it looked like over the holidays. But I still wasn’t satisfied. The curtains turned out beautiful, I think (more about them in a minute), but they were just too formal looking.

So I added pom-poms (and took away the outdated stereo equipment).

Then I installed little hooks at the sides and used black ribbon for tie-backs. Perfect!

Of course you could achieve this look by sewing pom-pom trim on store-bought curtains or the ones you already have, but I couldn’t find ready-made curtains the right length.


My inspiration came from the book Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments by Susan Woodcock and these pretty metal grommets from Rowley Company. The fabric was fabulous (and affordable) Faux Dupioni from

I fell in love with the look of these box pleated curtains in the book, but they needed lots of fabric for the width. Thank goodness the fabric i picked was 120” wide!

The grommets were really easy to install just like the video shows on the Rowley website. With just 2 confident strikes with a hammer (and using the EZ set tool) they are not coming out! 

I really like  Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments, by the way.  There are inspiration books and magazines that show you beautiful rooms but not how to sew them, and then there are detailed how-to books that might not use fabrics you love, but they show you the nitty-gritty details. This book is the latter. It has very detailed how-to instructions for LOTS of different window treatments.

After hanging a quilt in my living room last week and finishing my family room curtains this week, I’m really getting hooked on home decor. I wonder what will be next?

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.


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  1. That simple touch makes all the difference. Beautiful room!

  2. Love your family room! The pom poms are perfect! I have been trying to email my mini photo to you, but keep getting the email back. ~? Happy weekend!

  3. I really like your curtains and I agree that the pom-poms add the perfect finishing touch. I have always made the curtains for our apartments and homes, starting with our second apartment in 1981. Mostly though I would just do a hem and casing. We paid off our home last year and plan on staying here until we die. lol I took the link for the book to Amazon and like the looks of it. I put it on my wish list as I would like to make some more professional looking curtains and drapes for our house now. When I get ready to buy it I will come back to your site and click on it from here so you can get any money for recommending it. Thank you for the heads up!

    1. Thank you TerriSue! I really appreciate your support. And congrats on paying off your house! That’s so exciting. xoxo

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