DiY: BeDazzle Your Drapes with Studs

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DiY: BeDazzle Your Drapes with Studs

Image: WestElm

Advertised as Nailhead Trimmed drapes, upon consideration, these really can't possibly be decorative nailheads attached to fabric drapes.  More likely, they are all dressed up for a sophisticated, yet edgey way with shiny metal studs like bikers use to trim their leather garb. Here's a source for all sorts of studs that could be-dazzle your decor.

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Curtain Tops 101

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Curtain Tops 101

Making window treatment decisions can be a daunting task. The official terminology of styles and how they attach to the rod seem to vary depending on who you talk to. If you're thinking about ordering drapes or making them yourself, this little primer will help steer you in the right direction. 

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How to make grommet drapes.

by DIY Maven

How to make grommet drapes.

Making grommet drapes is much easier than it sounds. You just have to know how to sew a straight line and install grommets. The example pictured puts another twist on the panels by sewing on a couple of borders, which look great, but are an option you could skip. To forgo sewing altogether, you could just buy a simple pair of ready-made curtains and install the grommets! For the entire tutorial, visit jcarolinecreative.com.

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DIY: Ten Minute Grommet Workshop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/23/08

While helping a friend with her booth for a trade show, we learned how to install grommets simply and frustration-free.  If you need grommets installed for a craft, drapes, shower curtains, drawstring totebags, or your handsewn tent, DO NOT think that a grommet kit from a fabric store will be sufficient. Try to get a semi-industrial kit from the hardware store.  They are heavier duty and the pricing is more reasonable.  If you really want the...

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DIY: Ten Minute Grommet Workshop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/23/08

While helping a friend with her booth for a trade show, we learned how to install grommets simply and frustration-free.  If you need grommets installed for a craft, drapes, shower curtains, drawstring totebags, or your handsewn tent, DO NOT think that a grommet kit from a fabric store will be sufficient. Try to get a semi-industrial kit from the hardware store.  They are heavier duty and the pricing is more reasonable.  If you really want the...

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1 Inexpensive Curtain Done 3 Ways

by DIY Maven

Question: What do you get when you buy a pair of tab curtains from Target and add some fabric and trim with adhesive? Answer: An inexpensive way to make custom curtains.

First up is horizontal black rick rack with lends a little geometry and widens the overall look of the window.

1 Inexpensive Curtain Done 3 Ways


Next, add a 17" band of color. Because you’re not draping the entire window, this is a great way to incorporate that to-die-for fabric on a budget.

And finally, add...

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My New Craft Room: Window treatments (and how I made them)

by DIY Maven

My New Craft Room: Window treatments (and how I made them)

Now that the big pieces were completed, I could turn to the fluff, which included window treatments. I had just enough fabric left over from my chair make-over to sew a simple valance. And I mean REALLY simple.

All I did was measure the interior width of my window and added about an inch to each side and about 4 inches to the bottom for hemming and attachment. HOWEVER, you could easily use a table runner or even a rectangular scarf for your...

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How to Make a Pocketed Window Topper

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Pocketed Window Topper

Besides pillows and pillow slipcovers, curtains and window toppers are some of the easiest home decor projects to sew. You don't need to spend money on a store-bought pattern for this simple pocketed (meaning it has a pocket for a rod) window topper.

Step 1: Measure Twice Cut Once

First you’ll need to measure the width of your window. Mine is 24" wide. I’m also going to take into consideration how much my curtain rod protrudes from the wall, which...

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Yarn Curtains: Good Idea?

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Yarn Curtains: Good Idea?

Lion Brand has a tutorial on their website for easy-to-construct ‘beaded’ yarn curtains. The ‘beads’ are made of alternating strings of Lion Boulce and Fun-Fur yarn, although any specialty, textured yarn would work. To keep the strands taut, I’d probably knot beads at the ends of the individual strings of yarn or tie the strings to a tension rod for window applications. A unique dressing to a window or doorway, to be sure, but only if privacy is...

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Bead Me Up, Scotty

by DIY Maven

In the world of beaded curtains, the Gothic Faery Store is the poo. Their impressive list of customers include Nieman Marcus, Universal Pictures, MTV and the Pussy Cat Dolls. Yeah, that’s right, the PCDs.

Gothic Faery offers 330 styles of beaded and bamboo curtains/panels starting as little as 15 bucks for a standard 36" x 72" curtain. Here are some samplings.

Bead Me Up, Scotty

Iridescent Red Champagne Bubbles

Orange Creamsicle Hip Circles

Big Retro Squares Panel

Sun...

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Our Living Room

by Alicia Lacy

The living room began with faded wood panelling, had a brief stint with cream, an even more brief stint with yellow, and finally settled upon "November Sky". The relationship survived its first year, which says a lot.

When we moved in, the windows were lined with fluorescent panels and heavy wool drapes. I bought simple, cheap cotton fabric buy the bundle from a local fabric shop and sewed like mad (I am a true novice with the machine of sewing)...

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