I’ve recently completed another Drapery DIY. As I’ve written before, if you can sew straight lines, you can make beautiful, simple drapes. But, if you don’t own a sewing machine, this post will show you How to Make Ready Made Drapes Look Custom.
If I’m giving you deja vu with this post, you’re correct I did a very similar post here: Custom Drapery Hack – How to get an Expensive Custom Drapery Look using Ready Made Drapes.
There are lots of retail sources for ready made drapes. These I found at HomeGoods. You could shop Bed Bath and Beyond, JCPenny, Macy’s, and a number of other retailers who carry the standard 84, 96, and 104 inch drapery. (If you’d like a future post on determining the proper length of drapery, leave me a comment below.)
The Steps to Achieving Custom Drapery looks with Ready Made Drapery:
- Consider purchasing two panels per side
- Add fringe – either touch the floor or just above
- Purchase fun accessories: Pom Poms, Buttons, Tassels – sew or hot glue in place
- Attach decorative trim – sew or hot glue in place
- Clip in place on Drapery Rods – I used my existing hardware
Here are the supplies I used in this DIY on How to Make Ready Made Drapes Look Custom:
- glue gun – sewing machine – or needle and thread – your choice
- pom poms (optional)
- straight pins
One key to getting the custom look is to create the fullness of custom drapes. I achieve that in this DIY by using two panels on each side of the window. I used my existing curtain rod and drapery clips. There are numerous sources for these on-line and at retail brick and mortar. Prices will range from $25 – $125 depending on what you like. When hanging the drapes, carefully combine the two on one clip, and the look will be seamless.
The fringe adds such a fun touch to the drapes, and that was a bonus. To get the length I wanted here, almost touching the floor, I needed to add fringe. The next standard length, would have required sewing a hem to get the desired look. Again, you could hand sew, machine stitch or hot glue the fringe to the ready made drapes. I suggest pinning the fringe in place before you move forward with your sewing/gluing. My preferred method is hot-glue gun.
The drapery I chose came with covered buttons and inverted pleats. You could easily leave that detail as found and have a more formal look. Things were getting a little serious in the room, so I added the fluffy pom poms over the buttons. Again, the ever-ready hot glue gun made the addition quick and easy. The pom poms are the color of the drapes which keeps them from stealing the show. It’s just a fun accent.
The final and step to achieve the custom drapery look is to add trim:
The types of trim are endless, from pom pom to exquisite embroidery to (my choice), Greek key. I pinned the trim along the vertical hem, one inch from the edge. Once again, hot glue gun did a marvelous job for me. I did run the hot glue, 6 to 8 inches at a time, down both sides of the Greek key trim.
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