DIY Drapery Ideas DIY Drapery Ideas

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on drapery to make a significant change to your home décor. Because drapery plays such a large part in room decorating, read on for drapery ideas that are stunning and so simple to make.

Choose Fabric With a Pattern

If you plan to rely heavily on drapery as an accent for your living space, choose a dynamic fabric with a colorful pattern. Even if your furniture is plain and your flooring muted, drapery—as well as decorative pillows and art—can add color and personal style to your room. When you choose fabric for making draperies, test how well it hangs before purchasing.

Make No-Sew Bondaweb Drapery

This DIY drapery idea does not even require you to own or be able to use a sewing machine! All you need is an iron and some Bondaweb, also known as Wonder Under. Bondaweb is a stiff, webbed material that is used to fuse fabric to fabric, wood and other materials.

  1. Create the hems by folding the drapery panel under 1-inch and ironing. Repeat this step one more time.
  2. Cut a 1-inch strip of Bondaweb, place it under the hem and iron it, using a damp cloth between the iron and the fabric.
  3. Use Bondaweb to make the curtain rod pocket at the top of your drapery as well. Fold and iron a 1-inch hem. Then, fold down and iron a 3-inch hem.
  4. Place two 1-inch strips of Bondaweb, one at the top and one at the bottom of the rod pocket, and iron with a damp cloth in between.

If you will be opening and closing the drapery each day, the Bondaweb drapery will last longer if you use tie-backs to pull it back rather than sliding the drapery back and forth across the curtain rod.

Make Eyelet Drapery

If you install eyelets instead of tie tops or a rod pocket at the top of your drapery, you can replace a traditional curtain rod with a heavy-duty cord or wire. This drapery style is well-suited to a contemporary décor and is very easy to make for those with minimal sewing skills. To make this drapery:

  1. Hem all sides of your fabric.
  2. Lay out the drapery panel and mark where you want to place eyelets. The eyelets should be at least 2 inches down from the top of the panel and placed 4 or 5 inches apart.
  3. Ue an eyelet punch to install the eyelets.
  4. String the wire or cord through the eyelets and attach to the wall with appropriate mounting hardware.

Make a statement with your DIY drapery by first choosing a vibrant fabric pattern. Then, create quick and easy drapery using the no-sew Bondaweb method to adhere the hems and create the rod pocket of your drapery panel. Or, for a sleek modern look, opt for eyelets at the top of your drapery panel, strung with wire or heavy cord.

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