Upscale Window Treatment

Add a soft, delicate touch to your windows with these easy-to-sew curtains.

Upscale Window Treatment

Add a soft, delicate touch to your windows with these easy-to-sew curtains.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials (2) drape panels in contrasting colors
Cutting mat
Pencil
Fabric scissors
Safety pins
Sewing machine
Thread matching 1 fabric color

Steps

  1. Fold the darker drape into thirds lengthwise and lay on the cutting mat. Measure 12" and draw a line across the width of the drape with a pencil. Continue every 12" down the length of the drape

  2. Cut the fabric along each line


  3. On the top and bottom of each drape, fray the edges so that 1" of the fabric is frayed. Repeat this step for the rest of the pieces, and set aside

  4. Designer Tip: To fray simply means to unravel. To do this, take a needle, poke it through one row of thread, pull to separate it from the drape, and repeat. If you have more time, fray one row and then throw it in the washer.


  5. Fold the lighter-colored fabric in thirds lengthwise. Lay it on the cutting mat and mark every 12" as in step 1. Flip and repeat, marking every 12" on the back of the fabric

  6. Note: You won’t be sewing anything on the back of the light-colored fabric. Marking on the back is just a precautionary measure in case the marking on the front rubs off.


  7. Unfold the light fabric and spread it out across your workspace. Place the darker frayed pieces on top of the lighter fabric, lining them up between the marks from step 4. Then pin the sides of the fabric to the drape

  8. Align the long side of the light drape with the sewing machine. Position the needle 2" down from the top and sew backwards for ½", then forwards through the length of the drape. When you reach the end of the drape, sew backwards for ½" to secure the thread

  9. Repeat step 6 to secure all sides of the gray fabric to the lighter-colored curtain
  10. Repeat steps 5 through 7 to add the remaining gray fabric pieces every 12" down the rest of the drape on the marks from step 4. Sew the second drape as you did the first
  11. Hang on the desired window