Monday, September 27, 2010

How To Dress Up Drapery Panels

Do you have a pair of drapes that need some style?
Simply dress up the drapery panels...

using a fabulous chunky trim...


...or a favorite fabric.



Adding lengths of trim or bands of fabric can quickly add a lot of style to ready made drapes. Here a colorful fabric has been made into wide bands of fabric and attached along the bottom edge of a pair of drapery panels. The embellishment could also run along the panel sides or even along the top...the options are really limitless when it comes to adding trim to drapes!


To add bands of fabric to drapery panels, begin by finding a favorite fabric that coordinates with the drapes to be dressed up. You'll also need a couple rolls of stitch witchery and pull out the scissors, a temporary fabric pen, yardstick, ruler and iron. Thanks to the convenience of stitch witchery, no sewing is required for this project!


Cut the lengths of fabric that will become the trim panels. If the drapes being dressed up are 50" wide, simply cut one fabric length per panel (from 54" wide fabric). If the drapes being embellished are double width panels, cut two fabric lengths and fuse them together to form one length long enough to run across the entire width of the drapery panel.

To cut the trim panels, begin by drawing a straight line along the bottom edge of fabric using a temporary fabric pen. Then cut along the line.


Next measure up from the bottom edge of fabric ten inches and mark at one foot intervals along the width of fabric. (The bands could be narrow or wide, depending on the look you want to create.)


Draw a line connecting the marks using a temporary fabric pen and yardstick...


and cut along the line.


To create finished edges on the trim panels, turn edges under one inch along the panel top and bottom and press in place with an iron.


Then simply insert a length of stitch witchery under the top and bottom hems and press with an iron to secure the hems.


Now it is time to attach the trim panels to the drapes. Lay the bands along the drapery panels and measure up from the drapery hem to ensure the trim panel is placed evenly along the drape. Place lengths of stitch witchery under the trim panel bottom edge and press with an iron to secure the trim to the drape.


Insert a length of stitch witchery under the top edge of the trim panel and press in place to secure the trim to the drape.


To create finished ends, wrap the trim panel around to the backside of the drapery panel, insert stitch witchery under the trim panel and press with an iron.

And that's all there is to it...do you think you might give it a try?


65 comments :

  1. Yes, I agree it makes such an impact, a little work always pays off. Simply Beautiful.

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  2. I have some (cheap) drapes that I washed in the machine at home... I think one of them may have gotten some jelly on it from the littles... one pair somehow got tossed in the dryer, so I'll be doing a version of this to re work them into their proper length.... thanks!

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  3. Well of course I'll give this a try! I'm actually going to do this to a shower curtain for my boys bathroom, but atlas you beat me to it! Good thing though, because now I can just direct everyone here for the tutorial;-)

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  4. You make it look so easy.. Great result

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  5. And another great thing about doing this is that it's a good way to use more expensive fabric because you get the effect without paying for the wole curtain. Nice!!

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  6. Looks great. I did something similar ( http://designingdomesticity.blogspot.com/2010/08/powder-room-blind-revealed.html ), but hadn't thought about triming a panel with fabric. Great idea. Liz @ designing domesticity

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  7. Gorgeous! Your orchestration is always perfection. The outcome is always exceptional. You never fail to deliver.

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  8. I just love the chair and lamp you have pictured!!! Where did you get those at?

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  9. Love this post!! The drapes look fantastic!! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Yes, I'd love to try this! I have some plain white panels just screaming for attention.

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  11. Okay, project queen! You are one busy bee :) I think I could actually do this one. Makes an inexpensive panel look really custom.

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  12. Adding touches like this make the biggest difference. I will definitely be using this tutorial.

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  13. I made some white drapes this summer and they ended up looking a little plain. This project could certainly jazz them up.

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  14. That looks great and I know where I am going to use that idea! Thank you!

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  15. Lovely! And no sewing required! I will be using this tutorial soon.

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  16. Love the impact this makes and that it is budget friendly. I almost believe that I could do this one! Maybe in the new home!

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  17. This is such a good idea, and easy to boot! Where is that green trim from in your first picture--I love it!

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  18. I found that trim on CLEARANCE at JoAnn Fabrics, holding on to it until just the right project arises. I wish I had rolls of it! Janell

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  19. Great tutorial, Janell! I would love to try this myself. Maybe in my down-sized house, when I'm sure I'll be looking to do something different in my decor!

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  20. Brilliant! And so pretty. Happy Monday! xo e

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  21. Great tutorial. I love the look of a fabric trim. It just seems to elevate the look of a simple panel to a whole new level. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  22. Looks great!! I love adding some oomph to drapery panels...I added fabric to the bottom of our basic IKEA panels and it looks so pretty, will likely do the same with curtains for our bedroom

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  23. Looks gorgeous! Why hadn't I thought of a no sew option? I've been wanting to do this, but didn't want to cut into my existing panels. Thank for the idea!

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  24. Beautiful! This came at the perfect time for me. I just re-hung my panels after painting my dining room and they look like they are ready for the flood. I guess when it says dry clean only they really mean it!

    Londen

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  25. How lovely and what a great way to make ready made draperies look custom. Great choice of fabric, too! Wonderful job as always, Janell!

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  26. The red trim really pops nicely. I Love your home and all the ways you personalize it and give it character -- what a wonderful gift and tribute to your talent and your family.

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  27. Such a great simple idea and it's those kinds of details that really make a room spectacular :)

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  28. What a great idea. I really like the first chunky green trim, but the fabric trim makes it more personal.

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  29. Another great idea! I have some leftover fabric screaming to be used!!

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  30. loev LOVE this! i love details on window treatments...and the little dose of red on those ivory drapes is heavenly!
    p.s. you make everything look so easy!
    you are amazing.

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  31. I'm loving the chunky trim - I've got a bunch or drapes that probably should use a little of this!

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  32. I've gotten a couple emails this morning asking where the drapes are from in this post. If you are wondering as well, they are from Pottery Barn, the Payton Linen drape. Don't recall the color, these were found when they were being discontinued, but they still sell them in many colors.

    And here is a tip:
    Look in the sale baskets that are often next to the drapery section in your local store, I have scored some fabulous deals on drapes here!

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  33. Janell I wish I had an ounce of the creativity you possess! Your projects never cease to amaze me and I am inspired by your work time and time again!

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  34. Oh my gosh!!! I love those! I was just explaining to a friend that this would be a great way to blend colours in a room. Glad to see it here done so well!

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  35. That iron on stuff is the best, it made adding trim to my curtains so easy.

    Maybe I should switch it up and add fabric panels like you did now :)

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  36. That looks fabulous, and is so simple! You always have the best ideas :)

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  37. Wow wow wow! I love this and I just so happened to have white curtains. I'd love to try this out in the near future! Your room looks so incredibly cozy!

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  38. this looks fantastic! how did you attach the green trim to the drapes? thanks!

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  39. Love the idea of dressing up standard-issue drapes -- and your fabric choice is fabulous! Love, love...as always. ;)

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  40. Beautiful fabric! It really dresses up the plain drapes.

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  41. Wow I love this! I love my living room curtains, but they are too short =( I think this is the answer! Thank you for this great tutorial, I will definitely put it to the test!

    xo Linda

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  42. Can you do this to silk panels?

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  43. Yes!! I think this is a great idea! Especially for dressing up a shower curtain...because we all know how blah those can look sometimes! Thanks Janell.... I have been reading your blog for a while now, you are an inspiration!

    www.sarahbohldesigns.com

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  44. I am a window treatment freak -- I simply love them, and this is such a great lesson in making a great look possible for the non-sewer. I love it.

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  45. Such a creative way to personalize curtains - especially the stock kind - so easily! Love your results here!
    -SF

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  46. Love the green trim Janell! Thank you for the inspiration! Love your blog:)

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  47. everything you do turns out wonderful!!! :)

    http://desire2decorate.blogspot.com/

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  48. What a great idea. I'm just looking for drape rescue ideas for my bedroom. Thanks!

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  49. Great tutorial Janell - I appreciate the use of stitch witchery for us non-sewers ;) Such a simple but effective idea.

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  50. You are the best for sharing the 'do it yourself' design love!!

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  51. I love the fabric you chose! I've used the idea of inserting a contrasting fabric band on window panels before to make the treatment longer and, of course, add the decorative element but if you don't need the extra length this idea is SO much simpler! Stitch witchery is definitely our friend. :-) Great tutorial.

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  52. Janell - your tutorials are what makes your blog shine! Please keep them coming!

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  53. Thanks for the how-to idea! I love the ideas you post here! Always top-notch!

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  54. I will definitely try this in our new home. Yay! You gave me the best inspiration for boring drapes and I needed that. I love color and design!

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  55. Erin, the lamp is from Mitchell Gold and the sofa from Van Gogh Designs. Someone also asked about the fabric, it is called Shadow Branch, but it appears to have been discontinued. :(
    Janell

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  56. Thank you for this post. I've had two fabrics to use for curtains and couldn't decide what to do, what to do, for months. After reading this, I decided to do what you did and they're finished!

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  57. Oh, now that is fabulous!! This is way I write this blog!! Thanks for sharing and for reading my blog...:)
    Enjoy your weekend...gazing at your finished drapes?
    Janell

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  58. Janell,
    You probably already know this but you are amazing... you are a rock star --- Thank you for sharing your brillance.
    Randy

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  59. Janell, I love your tutorials! I just found this one via Pinterest. Thanks for sharing! Definitely going to do this to the new plain jane drapery from IKEA.

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  60. This is inspiring...little work but pays off...like it.

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  61. Hi Janell--

    Is there a rule of proportions to consider when adding a panel of fabric to plain drapes?

    This post is an oldie but a goodie!

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  62. Panelling is very effective and give a definite boundary to your drapery.


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