Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dressing Up Drapes

I am working with a slate blue color in the guest room in our new place.  I finally found a way that I can work with it!  Here is a before:



Before I show you the whole room and the bedding I wound up getting, I wanted to show you the drapes I made for the window.  I had envisioned how I wanted them to look and am pleased with the way they came out.   I bought two chocolate brown panels and two slate blue swirl panels from Hobby Lobby.  It was about $11.99 per panel.


I decided to use the brown drape as my “base” and I cut four pieces from the 96 inch long, slate blue panel {at about 23 inches long}.  I sewed them together width-wise so that I then had two long pieces.  I pinned the slate blue to the brown after measuring up from the bottom.  These are at 23 inches {up from the bottom}.  I pinned it like this.


I kept the measuring tape handy so I could measure as I went along to make sure it stayed at 23 inches all the way down the line.


You are basically “ruffling” it as you pin.  Flip it down to make sure it falls to the bottom edge before you sew it in place. 


I then sewed it on.  I thought I would cut the brown off once I sewed that, but you can’t even see it, so I just left it.


I glued on the trim with Liquid Stitch.


For the top, I took my second slate blue scrolly panel and cut off the top and bottom {about 14 inches}.  I pinned the piece face down to the “right” side of the drape like I did the skirt.  Sewed that in place.  Then flip it up and over to the other side ~ covering the grommets ~ and sewed that.  I tried to keep it in line with the first stitching but another trim here will cover all that.


This gave me a little bit extra at the top for the clip ring and proper hanging length.


Just needs some trim here now that will cover where the two fabrics meet.



Done! They did come out as I envisioned them and they are one-of-a-kind! 



I love that the bottom looks like a fancy skirt.


I had to bring my hubby’s shop light in to get some decent pictures!


Closed over.




Not too shabby for the lazy version! 


Once I get the room looking as close to how I want as possible, I’ll show you the bedding, too. 

Linking up with

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Fall Into Fall at DIY by Design

Textile Party at Freckled Laundry

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage



Unknown said...

Your panels look beautiful! What a fabulous money saving idea. Drapes can be so expensive and yours look like they cost a fortune!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Ohhhhhhh Kathy! These are so pretty and girly! LOVE LOVE LOVE!


Jane said...

I love how you took store bought panels and used them to make a unique, one-of-a-kind window treatment. They look very pretty!! You did a great job!

Sonny G said...

stunning Kathy~! you are so talented.

Amy Chalmers said...

They do look like dresses! I love how they look Kathy~nice choices in fabrics and trims.

Marsha said...

Love the colors, Kathy!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh my gosh these curtains turned out really beautiful. While reading this I kept thinking how in the world does Kathy come up with these great ideas.
Your room is going to be so lovely.
I wanted to visit you tonight to catch up with you and to thank you so much for all the sweet kind comments you have been leaving for myself and Christi. What a blessing to have you for a friend and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you and love you
Sending you beautiful wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

How pretty. They do look like a ball gown. So fun. Love the colors and the pattern. Hugs, Marty

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Amazing! What a talent! It looks beautiful.Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Brenda Pruitt said...

Hey, that shade of blue looks like what you guys tell me is a secretary! And it was the same color in my old garden room...

Southgate said...

what a great idea! Ive really struggled with dressing the windows in our house because they are too tall for the 84" panels that seem to be the standard to cover. Love this idea! Next time I see a "steal" on 84s I just might be doing this!

DIYbyDesign said...

Well aren't you so clever! That looks amazing. I love the dress-maker details you added. Looks super high end and very professional. I am very impressed.

Content Director - Strong Female Leaders said...

Wow! You transformed ordinary drapes in to a ball gown. Good job.

Gail said...

You did an awesome job Kathy. My master bedroom is done in browns and blues and I love the color combination! I can't wait to see the reveal of your guestroom.

Enjoy your day,

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

great the color combination, too

Tammy@InStitches said...

Make it work, girl and so pretty too !

Decor To Adore said...

This is the perfect color combination! Well done.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

They look fabulous!!

Okio B Designs said...

I love the brown/blue combo! They look very regal!


BECKY said...

Oh Kathy, Your drapes are gorgeous!! What a lovely design! I would never have thought of that! Guess that's why you're the designer!!!

Thanks so much for your sweet comment today! It was some much needed encouragement for me. You are a delight, and I'm so glad we met out here in the cyber world!!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving full of laughter, love, lots of yumminess, and fun memories!

Biljana said...

Great job, it looks so pretty:-)
Hugs, Biljana

Sarah said...

i love how your curtains turned out, what a great idea! :)

Designs on 47th Street said...

Kathy, it does look like a fancy skirt! LOVE IT! I envy a woman who is good at the sewing machine. sigh.... You are so creative!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, The panels turned out fabulous! I love that you combined the two fabrics.

Sue said...

Like the little "skirt" on the bottom of the panels, Kathy! Great blue fabric choice, too.
:-) Do you ever sleep? LOL
~ Sue

Anonymous said...

I love these! Your panels look fabulous! I just love Liquid Stitch because I don't sew well! Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous idea!

Junky Vagabond said...

Pretty drapes - one of a kind! That particular shade of blue is lovely in my opinion :) Thanks for sharing!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings to you and your love ones this Thanksgiving..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Kathy,

Your drapes are gorgeous! I love the color combo and the trim is to die for.

Have a Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!


Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I love the colors, and I love the "skirt" at the bottom! I have Sue at Sullivan and Murphy to thank for introducing me to your blog! I'm a central Ohio blogger, so she let me know about you. I hope we can meet soon. For now I'm following you.

Becca Bertotti said...

Awesome, Kathy! Your custom panels look fantastic! What a creative way to add length to reasonably priced (but not long enough) panels. Love the color combination, too and can't wait to see the finished space. I know you're thrilled!!

Jenifer Harrod said...

Love the colors.
Please come share at:

Shiloh said...

Those are beautiful. I love those colors together.

KimMalk said...

Hi Kathy, sorry it took me so long to take a look at your drapery project. They look so cute--that was a lot of cutting and reassembling. You really found some panels that work well together. I can't wait to see the entire space.

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

They are lovely Kathy! You did an amazing job and I love the colours and the colour of the room itself! Don't you love it when your vision and reality come together perfectly? Angie xo

Tiffany @ said...

Very pretty! Looks like a ball gown. Lovely!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

They are gorgeous Kathy!! Thanks for linking up at FNF! :)

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