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Window Treatment Patterns - Tips & Resources

making drapes with a sewing machineMaking your own window treatments is not as hard as you might think. If you can read and pin a pattern, cut the material and stitch the pieces together, you can create new shades, curtains, swags and valances for your windows.

Even if you are fairly new to sewing, there is help available from friends who can sew or new friends in sewing circles on the Internet. You can even find no sew drapery patterns to avoid needles and threads entirely.

If you're experienced with sewing clothes or crafts, a window treatment project is even easier.

Most of the major pattern manufacturers have draperies, curtains, valances, swags and all of the other components of a well dressed window. Simple shades are fairly easy to make.

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Plan before you begin. The first step in creating your new window treatments is deciding what you want and how much of a project you can take on. You can do window treatments in steps... starting with the easiest parts and moving to the more complicated sections as you gain experience.

Some fabrics are easier to work with... more forgiving of beginners mistakes. If this is your first major sewing project try to stick to cottons or other less stretchy or temperamental fabrics.

Design in stages. If you already have window coverings, you may want to add a simple valance to the top to add height, elegance and life to the window. If your windows are bare, it may be best to start with simple curtains that are easy even for beginners!

After you've gained a bit of confidence and have time and the budget to get ambitious, you can layer luxurious panels, sheers and draperies, add architectural details like cornices and sconces or add pillows and accents to the room to complement your windows.


also see -> Do It Yourself Window Treatments | Tips for 'Professional' Window Treatments

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Window treatment pattern resources around the Web...

Simplicity Window Treatments - The pattern maker that made sewing simple has a collection of drapes, curtains, valances, swags and more for home decorating projects.

Pate Meadows Window Treatment Patterns - All curtain & drapery patterns come with a valence pattern and plenty of detailed drawings for step by step sewing. Check their photo gallery for successful projects.



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