DIY Striped Drapes

{While I am away on Christmas vacation, please enjoy this 2011 post re-run...
one of my favorite 2011 posts}.

Every year when the Christmas decorations come down, it's inevitable that something big is going to happen.  The house always feels sterile after the twinkling lights and glittery ornaments are put away.  This is the time of year that I usually do something dramatic...

This year, it was the drapes.  

I wanted a bold, graphic pattern.    I also wanted a print that was geometric and large in scale.  And definitely black and cream.  I love what stripes can do for a space (check out The Nester's Drapes).

 I couldn't find a striped fabric that I liked so, I resorted to my usual ways and made my own.  

My drapes were originally plain off white cotton twill drapes from Restoration Hardware.  They were a bit pricey {for my budget} so, I didn't want to do anything permanent.

I used black twill fabric cut into 14" wide stripes 

and attached them to my plain canvas drapes with fusible fabric webbing.  

Then, using the same technique,  I covered the raw edge with black grosgrain ribbon.

Here is what they looked before...



and now...


These drapes could also be easily created with ready made panels cut into strips and sewn together.  The technique I used took a little longer but, is not permanent.  Something to consider before starting this project.


...the same issue that went home with the celebrities at The 2011 American Music Awards (pinch me).

I can't wait to share the project that will begin this year after the decorations are put away. 

Thanks for stopping by.  
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  1. These are beautiful! visiting from homestories :) Job well done!

  2. This is just gorgeous! The whole room is GORGEOUS!!

  3. Wow! What a difference! Really great job!

  4. I can't believe how such a simple thing can completely change the look of your room! Looks fantastic!!! I love it!


  5. This is what I plan to do with some "high water" drapes I have, ones that are a few inches too short, and are driving me nuts.

    I'll put a few wide stripe in the middle, like you did, only I'll actually cut the existing drapery fabric, and the drapes will be plenty long. Too long, in fact, but that's okay. I like deep hems and extra fabric.

    Thanks for showing us your new look. Happy New Year. I found you at Southern Hospitality.

  6. The black really makes your room pop! What paint color is on your walls? It's the perfect neutral I'm looking for to paint my living area.

  7. I love ur curtains/drapes!!! BTW u have that white bowl that holds the apple...can u tell me where u got it from?? I love it and the height

  8. Your Entire Room is AWESOME! I’m excited to blog with you in 2012!!! I’m hosting a party and would LOVE for you to link up!!! Overflowing with Creativity
    XO, Aimee

  9. do you knwo the color of the paint on the walls?

  10. I love these drapes, I was just thinking about doing something similar. You just convinced me, I'm going to make some.

  11. What a great idea! And the ribbon is the perfect detail to glam them up. Love them and what they do for the room!

  12. where can i find the table with the storage baskets?- if anyone knows please email me at

    1. Hi there! It came from Potterybarn, however it's no longer available. :( Best, Sarah


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