String curtains are a modern alternative to sheers. Long, individual strands of string hang from the curtain rod to the floor, allowing the strings to move in the breeze and light to pass through while still providing some privacy. This style of curtains is popular with contemporary interior design professionals as the curtains are textural, functional and subtle. You can easily make a string curtain in any color of cording or string that you like.
Measure the width of the window, opening or doorway where you want to install the string curtain. If you want the curtain to lay flat along the curtain rod, then you will only need the width of the opening. If you want the curtain to be gathered, add to the width of the measurement. A traditional gather is twice the length. Measure your height from the bottom edge of the curtain rod to the floor or to where you want the strings to end.
Cut a 2-inch-wide strip of latch rug canvas to your desired curtain width. Fold the canvas in half along its length to make it extra sturdy. This type of canvas has square openings that range from 5 to 8 per inch. When you attach your string to each opening in one row along the length of the canvas, you will have a complete curtain.
Select the string or cord you want to use. You can choose from heavier yarns to thick strings. Pick a string with a nice finish, not one that will become easily tangled.
Cut a string to twice the length desired.
Find the center of the string and make a small loop. Hold the two pieces together to create the loop.
Slide a latch rug hook through the loop. Slide the hook through the underside of the first canvas hole on the left side of the rug canvas, along the fold. You will actually go through the canvas twice.
Press the hook through until the latch clears. The latch is a small piece of metal that looks like a hinge on the hook. With the latch open bring the strings into the hook.
Close the latch by pulling the hook back through the canvas, reversing your direction. Pull the strings through the canvas and then through the string loop.
Tighten the string once all of it is through. Do so by pulling the long, loose strings to tighten the knot in the canvas.
Hook a length of string through every canvas opening along the length of the canvas.
Cut a strip of fabric 3 inches wide and the length of the canvas plus 1 inch.
Fold the fabric in half to 1 and 1/2 inches wide and slide the fold over the top edge of the canvas. Fold the edge near the strings under by 1/2 inch on both the front and the back, and sew a seam 1/4-inch from the string's edge. The fabric should cover all of the canvas on both sides.
Tuck each end of the fabric under 1/2 inch and hem your sides.
Hang your curtain with loops and clips before adjusting your length. Loops and clips are a standard way to hang curtains and they can be found where curtain rods are sold. Make a knot in the string at your final length to keep the string from fraying and to add weight to the end of each string to help hold it straight.