Since November, I have been wanting to dress up the boring window in my sewing room. I have had my eye on some horizontal striped drapes that I have seen in several places. Not sure if they are “in” or I just particularly like them and continue to see them everywhere. Here are a few examples that I have been thinning about for a few months…
So, I decided to embark on my own horizontal striped drapes. I was not able to locate any drapes under $150 per panel that had the large horizontal stripes. Here is the “before” photo:
I purchased four sets of drapes from Target in the colors that I wanted my stripes. I know that the harder part of drapes to make are the top and bottom. By using drapes that are already made, you don’t have to do this hard part.
I decided that I wanted my stripes to be 12″ wide which worked well because my ceiling height was 103″ which allowed for 9 stripes. I wanted to have an odd number of stripes so that the drapery panel could be anchored on top and bottom by the chocolate color. I cut four of the drapery panels (which were 96″ long out of the package) into 12″ sections.
Then, I pinned right sides together of alternating colors and sewed in straight lines and then pressed open the seems. The other thing that is great about using pre-made panels is that the edges are already completed and you don’t have to worry about making the edges perfect.
I didn’t provide photos of me hanging the drapery rod because that would have been scary and funny all at the same time. Let’s just say it is DONE! Here is the first shot one of the panels installed. I made the rod go 8″ beyond the window so that the panels could sit in that space and provide the illusion that the window is much bigger than it is. I also ran the drapes all the way to the ceiling instead of stopping them at the window. I prefer this look as well.
Here they are all complete. The colors are chocolate and white.
I added a little decoration with some vinyl applied letters from my cricut to create some interest in the middle of the drapes. I wish I didn’t have to have the center support for the rod, but it is necessary for support. I think these turned out pretty good and I am happy with the new look in my sewing room.
A few tips:
- You can weight your panels down by adding washers in the bottom. This helps the drapes hang straight.
- As I mentioned, I think it looks better when you run the run just below the ceiling. It creates the illusion of a higher ceiling and makes the room seem more spacious.
- Run the rod wider than the actual window so that you create the illusion of a large window.
- Give yourself time to do this project…and be patient. It took me about three hours to do it right. And, to rip apart a seam
Enjoy the rest of your day!