No Sew Drapes

Young House Love transformed their nursery by making their own kid-friendly drapes with a short list of supplies.  No sewing required!

Painted Chevron Drapes – Living Room

Kristen used this technique to make these chevron painted drapes for her living room.

Ruffle Curtain

A Boy, A Girl and A Pug share their step-by-step simple sewing tutorial on how to make these lovely ruffly curtains.

No Sew Roman Shades

These windows are glorious aren’t they?  Anyone can make them.

Maria just used store bought bamboo shades, glue gun, spray glue and fabric and ended up with custom windows. There’s more information here about the fabric.

My Striped Drapes

Let’s talk about my striped drapes shall we?

First the fabric.

I first bought this fabric at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store in Gastonia, NC in March or April of 2010.  The next time I went to Mary Jo’s I couldn’t find it.  I was there again  few months ago I found it in a special part of Mary Jo’s Cloth store. I think it was either discontinued or no longer being ordered.

It says Lacefield Nantucket Sand/White and was $9.99 a yard.  And did you notice that the stripes run vertical?

I fell in love with the fabric immediately last year when I found it.  So I bought 3 yards and clipped it up to my window to see how I liked it.  See how the stripes run?

A week later I had my slipcover party and the Good Lord was merciful on me and somehow prompted me to take a photo the very second that Lily walked up to my window and said, you should hang them this way. It was a moment.  She was completely right and we all gasped at the magical beauty that we witnessed as she turned the fabric 90 degrees.  It was a decorating miracle.  Horizontal, not vertical.

The only problem was that I would have to cut the panel in half and turn each piece 90 degrees and sew it. I knew sewing would be the fastest way to connect the two pieces. So I, the girl who avoids sewing at all costs, went to Mary Jo’s the next day, bought 9 more yards of my fabric.  I brought that home and cut it into 3 yard pieces.  Then I cut each three yard piece down the middle across and rotated each half 90 degrees so the stripes ran across and quickly sewed them back together.  I think I spent 45 seconds on each panel.

Look closely and you can see I’m experimenting with fringe at the bottom, so far I’ve yet to find something I love so they just hang an inch and a half above the floor.  I could lower my rods but, eh, too much work.

So yes, I sewed!

I knew I could probably find different fabric with stripes that ran the way I wanted but, since I already had 3 yards of the fabric, it was the perfect color and it was a good price, I figured I’d just deal with it and whip out my sewing machine.

If you look at the drape right under the mantle there, you can see one of my not perfect edges at the seam.  I didn’t hem, line, weight or otherwise mess with anything other than this one seam.  And, I made the amateur mistake of hanging my rods before I made my mistreatments.  Normally, I can buy whatever length of fabric I want and make mistreatments that way so I just measure the length.  But this time the longest I could have these was about 107 inches which is double the width minus my seam.

So that’s how I made my striped drapes.  Many of you have been even more creative.  Here’s another example of DIY striped drapes created with paint, and here are some made with premade drapes, extra fabric and stitch witchery.

A few days ago a friend of mine called Mary Jo’s and apparently, they still have 20 yards of the fabric left over~you can order it over the phone and they’ll ship it to you.  Hurry and order it if you want it~if you call in and have more information, feel free to leave it in the comments. (704) 861-9100 or 1 (888) 780-7345


As of June 29th rumor has it that Mary Jo’s has less than 3 yards.  But, a fellow blogger is selling some of her exact striped fabric on ebay in a 7 day auction.


Rods Made From Electrical Metallic Tubing

Electrical Metallic Tubing may sound like a mouthful but The Tall Chick promises they’re easy to make, sturdy and cost efficient.

Follow her step by step instructions and you can’t go wrong.  Don’t forget, you can also use copper pipe for rods!