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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Making Drapes ~ Awards ~ Show and Tell Friday



Thanks to Kelli @ http://kellishouse.blogspot.com for hosting this Show and Tell Friday. Please be sure and go by her house to see a list of all the other participants. You won't want to miss a one.



First I want to thank Luanne @http://allinadayswork.blogspot.com for presenting me with this GOLD STAR BLOG AWARD. You can also reach Luanne @ http://blueeyedtango.blogspot.com I first met Luanne at Micasa and since we have become very good friends. She is so talented and such a really sweet lady. She paints beautiful murals, raises horses, decorates, enjoys her family and lives on a gorgeous farm. Be sure to go by and visit her, you will so enjoy her blog. Thanks so much Luanne, you're a special friend.


Let's make some drapes.
Since so many of you have commented on the drapes that I made for my Living Room and commented that you didn't know how to make them, I thought I would give you a really short sewing lesson and let you see how very easy they really are to make.


This picture shows the two fabrics I used. Just sew the two pieces together and cover the seam with a fringe or braid. Makes it look really custom.



I cut the my drapery fabric 9ft. long. For lining I use a twin sheet from Walmart that only costs $4, much cheaper than lining fabric. Cut off 12" on one side of the sheet and all the hemmed edges except the big top hem. Place right sides together with the big hem placed 9" from the bottom of the drapery fabric. The sheet will not come quite to the top of the fabric, that's ok. Just sew the two sides together.







Turn right side out. You almost have a drapery panel.



Make sure that you have the fabric smoothed out and the two returns of the drapery fabric on the sides even. Fold the top down 6" and then fold under 1/2" and either hand stitch or sew on machine if the stitching won't show on the front.



Press carefully, making sure to keep a really straight edge on both sides of the panel so your return facing is straight and to insure the drape will hang smooth and even.




The photo below shows the back side of the drape all sewn and pressed. I am going to sheer this panel on a rod, so I sewed another seam 2" down from the top to make a pocket for the rod. However you could either make pleats now or hang from rings or clips. You've just made a drape.




This picture shows the front side of the top with the rod pocket.



Since you used a sheet your lining hem is already done. Yeah, that's one step you don't have to do. Turn the bottom up a double 4" for the hem. A double hem gives the drape weight so it will hang smooth. Blind stitch hem and you're done. Now you can hang it and enjoy your handywork. Congratulations, that was easy wasn't it?

Thank you so much for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits. Hugs, Marty

27 comments:

  1. MARTY,MARTY,HOW CLEVER THE SHEET IDEA,I DID MAKE SOME PANELS BEFORE AND THE LINING COST ME MORE THAN THE ACTUAL FABRIC. YOU ARE A VERY SMART AND CREATIVE LADY.....XO..SILVIA.

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  2. OH AND BTW WHERE ARE YOU GONNA HUNG THIS BEAUTIFUL CURTAINS???LOL..SILVIA

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  3. Marty, if you keep giving me these lessons, I may just take the plunge and attempt to sew! Cant' wait to see them all finished and hung, I love that fabric. You're such a sweety to share this! Hugs, Kathy

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  4. Hi Marty...Congrats on the award! You certainly deserve it! And thanks for the sewing lesson. The sheets are a wonderful idea! That fabric is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the finished product!!! hugs...Debbie

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  5. Thanks for the instructions, Marty, This will really come handy! Congrats on the award!...Christine

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  6. The drapes are beautiful. I LOVE the mirror above your couch! That is awesome. :)

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  7. Hey Marty,
    Thanks for sharing. I have made curtains, but not drapes. You've inspired me! Cindy

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  8. They are beautiful. What a big job!!! But so well worth it.
    Susan

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  9. Oh Marty, I so wish I could sew. I become frustrated any time I try it. (My drapes are "stitched" together with iron on stick tape!) Oh My! Don't tell anybody! Your drapes are absolutely gorgeous! In addition to being able to sew, you also have to be creative enough to select the right fabrics and trims to go together, and you obviously also have that talent too. laurie

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  10. Your drapes are lovely. Wonderful job and I really enjoyed the tutorial.

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  11. Oh wow!! You are the seamstress. What a wonderful job. Even though you showed me how...I would still mess it up.

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  12. Hi Marty,
    Oh how sweet of you to say so many kind words.....thank you. And too, so generous of you to share your sewing skills! I knew those curtains were custom, they are so nice and I love the fabrics you have chosen. They're even more attractive close up seeing the details! How smart using sheets for linings....I have heard that you can do it but nice to see how it's actually done! Why pay ridiculous prices when you don't have to? LOL! After I had a shop myself and paid wholesale (saw how much everything is marked up)I refuse to pay retail for certain items especially furniture and fabrics! Great blog Marty! Thanks Again!

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  13. Hello,
    So nice to meet you. What a neat idea to use the sheet!!! They look beautiful but very easy to make. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  14. Thanks for the lesson! You make it seem so easy... I think I might just try it when we move to VA this June ;o).

    Karen

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  15. Hm, now I may have to try making some drapes. We moved recently and have none yet. Once I start unpacking more boxes and putting things away, I may have to pull out the sewing machine and give it a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Your drapes are so lovely...great fabric choice! Thanks for the lesson...you make it look so simple.

    Blessings,
    Susie

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  17. Thank-you for sharing this sewing lesson, this is one skill I haven't made much of an effort to learn. I bought a sewing machine to teach myself and a book with a few beginner's projects. Now if only I could figure out how to thread my machine. The thread keeps breaking on me. Perhaps I should just stick with hand sewing!
    Beautiful drapes by the way!
    Brenda

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  18. Very lovely and an excellent tutorial!

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  19. What a wonderful idea! Thank you for the step-by-step instructions!
    ~Kelli

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  20. ~Marty your draperies are gorgeous!

    The length and patterns used are truly amazing!

    ~Wonderful post. ;)

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  21. I meant the designs on the material not patterns.

    Love them! Very elegant. :)

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  22. What beautiful drapes. I'm not sure how I missed this before.. love the use of the twin sheet for the lining..I'm hoping to make new drapes for our master bedroom later this spring..I'll certainly remember this ..Thanks for sharing..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  23. Marty I think I could almost do this! I think the hardest part would be keeping things straight *winks* What a great idea to use a sheet as the interlining! And congrats again on all your awards girl.....I think you are an awards QUEEN!! Vanna

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