7.01.2010

BIG BOY BEDROOM: No Sew Drapes

Remember the fabric that I purchased for the room?

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I wanted to use it for the window treatments for the room. The problem? I can’t sew, nor do I have a sewing machine (I know…sigh). After seeing how good the stitch witchery worked on the bed skirt, I had a plan. I decided to ‘hem’ the fabric on all four sides using the stitch witchery to make my panels.

To start, I laid the fabric out on my floor from the front door to the kitchen

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Then I got out my measuring tape and decided how long I wanted my drapes to be. For the bottom and the top hem, I was using 2” wide stitch witchery. Because of that, whatever length I wanted my drapes to be, I had to add 4 inches to that number. I decided I wanted my drapes to be 88'” so the length of the cut of fabric had to be 92” because 2 inches on the top and bottom were going to be folded down to make my ‘hem’.

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I don’t have a ruler so I had to use my level. NOTE of caution: This will not ensure an even line! I only used it to draw the line across the fabric.

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The only reason why I drew the line on the front of the fabric is because I knew it was going to be folded and would not show. Once the fabric is cut, use the cut fabric as your guide for the next cut of fabric.

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Then get out your iron and ironing board and that oh so clever stitch witchery!

2” for the top and bottom hem

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1” for the side hem

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The next steps are easy. I did the sides of the fabric first. Using the 1” stitch witchery, I folded the fabric to make a 1” hem

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(I have got to get me a new ironing board cover)

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Do this the entire length of the fabric. I don’t even cut the stitch witchery until I’ve reached the end of the fabric! Once you’ve done both sides of the fabric, then its time to move to the top and bottom using the 2” SW.

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Repeat the steps that you took with the hem on the sides of the fabric. The only difference with the top and bottom hem is that you’re going to make them 2” wide instead of 1. Also, if you want to add lining to your fabric, you can do that too with the SW. After hemming all sides of the fabric, I would go back and measure out the length and the width of the newly tailored/hemmed fabric and add SW and iron on the lining. I didn’t do that step simply because I had something else in mind.

Check back tomorrow to see!

12 comments:

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Wow, this looks very easy (unlike my mammoth drapery tutorial a ways back!!) and I can just envision how great they look. Okay, I already saw a sneak peek when you posted a photo on twitter! Great job!

Janell

L ~DIY Diva~ said...

That is a great tip. I can't wait to see this finished room.

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Dayka (Life +Style) said...

my grandma (who was also a seamstress), turned me onto stitch witch when i was so young, and i've been using it ever since--it's the BOMB, and great to keep on hand at all times. i didn't even realize it came in wider widths!

Mrs. Chic said...

Looks great so far!

- I lvoe no sew projects too ( even though I sew )

Ashley said...

We are fabric twins. I am getting a chair reupholstered in this fabric. :)

Averill said...

I can't sew either! I always enlist my mom for help -- so embarrassing, I know!

Love the fabric choice....

Myssie said...

you are a DIY genius!! That is awesome! I can't wait until tomorrow!!!!!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

I'm going to have to go the Walmart and get some of this stuff

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

I bet these turn out great! What an easy way to make draperies...I think I might actually be able to do this!

Lynn said...

Love your new "no sew" drapes! Your son's room looks sooo nice! You've done a really great job on everything! Thanks so much for sharing!

Blessings,
~Lynn

justme said...

it looks so pretty, you made me want to try this for kitchen drapes. can you please tell how does the fabric come. like does it come in a certain width and then you can buy it how long you want it? maybe i should take a trip to the fabric store, LOL

diyingtobedomestic said...

You are my hero! I just used stitch witchery for the first time on a table runner and I realized I am not totally limited by my lack of sewing abilities! Thanks for the inspiration - I'm totally ready to take on drapes!

Mine is here, btw: http://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/diy-table-runner/