Ideas for No-Sew Window Treatments
Quick and easy ways to add life to windows
By Theresa Leschmann
Lace gives off an elegant appearance no matter where you use it. A lace tablecloth can find new purpose as a no-sew curtain with very few steps. Simply affix an appropriate amount of clip-on drapery rings and slide over a 1/2-inch diameter drapery rod mounted above the window. Add a few yards of ribbon to gather the curtain in the center, just above the window sill, for a sophisticated look.
Cut a 1-inch-by-2-inch piece of pine lumber to the width of the window. Using 54-inch width fabric of your choice, cut a length 2 1/2 times the width of the window including the window frame. Finished edges can be achieved by using iron-on fusible webbing. Center the fabric along the board, stapling it in place at 1-inch intervals. Use wall screws to mount the board to the wall. Tie knots at each end of the board and gently pull down the fabric in the center to shape the swag.
Cafe curtains cover the lower half of a window. Cut the fabric to measurements equal to half the length of the window and 2 inches wider than the window. Use an iron to press a 1-inch crease all the way around the fabric. Place hem tape into each crease and press with an iron to secure in place. Attach curtain clips and hang from the rod at the midpoint of the window.
Cinched panel curtain
Cut the fabric 2 inches wider and 12 inches longer than the window to be covered. Fold the edges over and press a 1-inch border crease. Insert the hem tape and press the tape in place. Find the center of the fabric and staple it to the center of a 1-inch-by 2-inch piece of pine cut to fit inside the window frame. Attach a board to sides of the window frame with screws and let the fabric hang over the front of board. Wrap two color-coordinated tie backs over the board and spaced evenly across its width to gather the curtain and create an interesting look.
Plate rack swags
Mount two vertically oriented plat racks, one on either side of the window. Cut a length of fabric adequate to cross the width of the window and hang to the desired length on each side. Center the fabric over the center of the window and gather it behind the uppermost plate brackets on the plate racks. Allow the fabric to fall on each side. Gently pull the fabric down in the center to the desired swag depth. Place decorative plates in the lower plate brackets. Upper brackets can also hold plates if desired.
About the Author
Theresa Leschmann is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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