Your old, fatigued curtains need a pick-me-up on a budget? Color blocking and banding can give solid color curtains that needed facelift. This is a great solution. All you need to do is cut and sew a straight line, and the hard part is done.
I wanted side panels on my studio/office window, nonfunctioning to finish out the Austrian valances. Nothing fancy, something quick, easy and easier on the budget. I wanted to do a simple black and white color block and banding on white panels that I purchased awhile back.
My inspiration was this black and white remnant I purchased for $5.00.
Started out with one panel (50×85) from a pair of JCPenney’s Supreme Antique Satin White drapes. I usually never purchase curtains unless the sale price is “much” lower than what I can make them for. I knew I could add my personal touch to them one day. First, I determined how I wanted to do the color blocking and banding. Only using one panel, I cut off the pinch pleats, and took out the lining and hems. Then steam pressed the fabric, and cut it in half length wise so I would have 2 panels each 45″wide.
Did my calculations and realized, using the remnant fabric I could make 100″ floor length panels at 45″ wide. Great!
Time to get busy: This is my quick and easy method. By no means is this the professional custom way I was taught. But since I was using remnants and old panels this satisfies my budget and the need for a little change for now. The end result: (see tutorials below)
Overall, I’m content. Spent a total of $22.00 on fabric and trims and $28 on curtain rods. So before you drop $$$ on new window treatments, Pull out the old ones then check out a few fabric remnants and trimmings and add a little appeal on a budget . 🙂 (oh sorry for the grainy picture quality)
The tutorials: Click on each page to enlarge. 5 pages for easy printing.
The tieback tutorial: Click page to enlarge and print
If you have any questions…I’m here.
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