A Thoughtful Place: Let There Be Stripes {The Drapes are Done!}

2.22.2011

Let There Be Stripes {The Drapes are Done!}

It’s been a long road! Those of you who have been around for my drapery drama know that I tried every which way to make my drop cloth curtains work. It just wasn’t going to happen. So I regrouped and decided to go after exactly what I wanted. Of course, I couldn’t find them anywhere nor could I find the horizontal striped fabric in any of the fifty states. I decided to make my own. It was quite the process but I am thrilled with the results. You will have to bear with me and the crazy amount of photos. 

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In the above shot I tried to show you the stitching of the stripes. I basically created the cream drapery panel and then sewed the tan stripes to that.

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The drapes are lined and quite heavy. I like the look of them pooling on the floor a bit. I didn’t want them to appear overly tailored in this room.

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And thank you to good ole’ Target for the drapery rings. I am a huge fan of how easy they are. I also knew I wanted to be able to pull the drapes closed from time to time so I didn’t want to do anything stationery like pinched pleats.

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What I am also happy about is that when we pull them closed, it creates a really cool wall of stripes. It’s a fun backdrop for the dining area.

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You can read all about how to  make your own striped panels right here in a tutorial.  I still need to recover the chairs and create some more wall art. I have yet to make up my mind on the light fixture {I removed the red shades and it’s already much better!} 

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For now, I am just going to sit and stare at my drapes.

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88 comments :

  1. What a great idea Courtney.. I can just picture sitting in this room. The room has come together really, really well. I love that when you can't find what you want you go and make it. Good work!!

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  2. Courtney, it came out beautiful!!!! Success!!!

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  3. These turned out wonderful. Funny I was just looking for something similar with gray but I'm not sure I trust myself with making them. I guess I'll have to check out your tutorial. Great job!!!

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  4. They are fabulous!!! Love how wide the stripes are!

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  5. Looks a million dollars, i love it!! I've always dreamt of full, dramatic, 3 toned Designers Guild style curtains, they are beautiful!! Love Posie

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  6. Yay! They look fantastic and I'm sure you are happy to check this little project off of your list. Yes, just sit and enjoy now :) Your dining room is looking so good.

    -Rene

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  7. Wow! They turned out great!! The room looks amazing. Makes me miss drapes (just a tad, but not the allergies that go with). I just ordered new burlap shades for our chandy, but they are backordered til next month! UGH!!

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  8. They turned out beautifully! I give you major kudos for pulling these off - I about went mad just trying to do ONE band of fabric on some drapes turned shower curtains! Well done!

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  9. Your new curtains look great! A perfect addition to your room.

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  10. WOW I can't believe you made those! They turned out gorgeous!! Love them closed to, good job lady : )

    Paula

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  11. Courtney I think it was worth all the pain and suffering - they look awesome! Great job - you must be thrilled!

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  12. I love them! They are really really beautiful. Great job!

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  13. I'm in awe of how you managed to get the stripes to line up perfectly! They look terrific. I'm sure it's a relief to be done and to be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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  14. Love the stripes. Great overall look. Super job!

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  15. Oh, girl... you done done this one up right! FABULOUS job!!!!!!!!

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  16. Look at you, you little seamstress! They look awesome, love the stripes in that room.

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  17. I think they look amazing! They really add the right depth to the space, and finish your room. Good job!

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  18. They Look Amazing. You did Such a great job!!

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  19. I absolutely love them! I am such a fan of stripes in the home. It makes the space more fun!

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  20. They look great!! Can't wait to see what else you come up with in there.

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  21. They turned out absolutely, spot on, amazingly gorgeous! I'm waiting on pins and needles for the tutorial! Brava, girl, they are the bomb diggity. (c:

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  22. they turned out incredible! I am so impressed, the stripes even line up!

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  23. At first I thought I was reading the Nesting Place... your handmade ones look just like hers! Impressed with your handiwork... I can see a drum shade chandy over that table ;)

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  24. Wow they look amazing!! All that hard work & drama really paid off!! I love how they look when they are closed too - so impressed :)

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  25. Wow Courtney! They look awesome!!!

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  26. Awesome job :) I have been looking for the cream and tan striped fabric like this to make the crib bedding for my sister, Im not having any luck finding it either. I may have to create my own like you did.

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  27. How awesome! They look so good, you talented lady (: I love stripes. The room is really coming together

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  28. those turned out perfectly!!! i love the drama they add to the room, and the colors are now perfect!

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  29. They look so fantastic! I love them!! You are good!

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  30. Did you just hear my jaw drop?? Courtney those are amazing!!! You did well my friend!!! I am highly, highly impressed, not that I doubted you cause I didn't, these are just gorgeous!!!!!!

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  31. Wow- amazing job! They look great. I also love the drapery puddle idea! The room looks great. :) And your space outside looks so pretty too!

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  32. I ADORE these curtains! They are just perfect!

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  33. These look fabulous! And I love the chandelier by the way. Do you mind sharing this paint color?

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  34. Oh Courtney, those look wonderful! Great job girl

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  35. I love this! I was thinking of doing the EXACT same thing in my living room for spring. I want to go coral and cream. I love how yours look, I am not sure my sewing skills will compare! :)

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  36. I love the curtains and those wreaths! It looks really polished and sophisticated.

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  37. Great job on those! Love how you added the stripe and did the top stitch. Looks really custom. M.
    www.interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

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  38. they turned out beautiful! i'm bookmarking this and can't wait for your tutorial. your lines are perfectly straight. great fabric choice ... i just adore them!

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  39. they are beautiful - well done! lovely!

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  40. Those are absolutely fabulous! I love how they look when they are closed too. Great job!

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  41. I love your little dining room! Especially the chairs!

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  42. so much to say here!!!
    a) omg, you have made sewing skills...lining up the stripes too??!?! amazing
    b) they look fantastic!
    c) light fixture def better wo shades
    d) so weird, I have been scouring the internet for wide horizontal striped fabric for drapes too!?!?!?

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  43. Fabulous curtains. Sit down and stair away!

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  44. They look fabulous! Interesting and different and beautiful. Enjoy!

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  45. Now that's the wow factor you were going for! I can't believe you sewed those straight stripes! Very well done- and I knew something was different with your light fixture! I like it!

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  46. They look beautiful, Courtney! I just posted a link on my facebook page ~ www.facebook.com/sasinteriors. I'm really waiting for the tutorial on how to line draperies...I need to do that for my dining room window treatments. I'd love for you to check out the new linky party that Jenn from Green Door Designs and I are hosting. Here's the link ~ http://www.sasinteriors.net/features/

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors
    www.sasinteriors.net

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  47. i may need hand holding on how to get the stripes to line up exactly on each side...

    Don't forget to add this project in our linking party where every Wednesday we showcase projects for our readers to discover.
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/02/colours-of-spring-be-inspired-linking.html
    Thank you,
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  48. The look great!!

    I am blog hopping today and I am happy I found your blog.

    Please head on over and visit my blogs as well and become a follower if you aren't already:

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    Have a blessed day!! :0)

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  49. You seriously have read my mind! I have been wanting striped drapes just like these but haven't found anything like it anywhere and was ready to give up! I am re-inspired, yours turn out INCREDIBLE! I can't stop drooling over your space, and those curtains seriously make the whole room so divine! I can't wait for the tutorial!!!!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  50. Fabulous drapes. I love the horizontal stripe. Aren't you thrilled with the result. Bravo!!!
    Mary Ann

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  51. These look great now! I'm SOOOO impressed with the way you have lined the stripes to meet perfectly. They look much better than the last attempt.

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  52. They looks beautiful; the whole room is pretty!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow
    xo

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  53. Courtney those are amazing! I can't believe you sewed them and didn't paint them! They look perfect in there. Bravo!!

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  54. I'm impressed you got the stripes sewn on straight and at the same level across the two panels. I've added one wide stripe near the lower edge of drapery panels before and it took some effort to get them even...so wow. Great job! Janell

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  55. Super fabulous! Totally worth all of the drama! I'm thinking of something similar for my family room... You totally inspired me!

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  56. The drapes turned out really amazing. I'm so impressed. Thanks so much for linking up to the Winter Blues Wednesday party. Don't forget to stop back and grab a button to add to your post or sidebar to help let others know about the party. Also, if you haven't already, please become a follower. Thanks.

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  57. These are gorgeous!!

    ~ Jen @ http://pinstripestopearls.blogspot.com/

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  58. I would sit and stare at them too, lol! Those are so pretty. Love your dining room.

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  59. You're right, they look awesome both open and closed. GREAT job!

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  60. I did this EXACT same project, with the EXACT same colors a few week ago. Great minds think alike. You can see mine here.. http://thepricesdaybyday.blogspot.com/2011/01/deployment-project-61painted-curtains.html

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  61. Gorgeous!!! Love how they pool on the floor, too.

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  62. LOVE the stripes! These turned out great!

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  63. Love, love, love it!
    www.dashing-home.blogspot.com

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  64. These are too cute... love em'! I'm featuring this post in my Flaunt it Friday Features later today. Please stop by and pick up a "I was featured" button if you'd like. Thanks for linking up!

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  65. I love your drapes! I did something similar a while back using two different colored tablecloths from Tar-jay. Where did you get the little green garden stool? It looks like a Ballard item. I'm your newest follower BTW!

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  66. Those are so great. I have visions of drop cloth drapes in my boys room. This is great inspiration for me!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  67. I am new to your blog and so glad I found it. Thanks for sharing!

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  68. Girl! You and I are both smitten with these stripes! Why does no one make them? All I know is you did SUCH a great job sewing these! I can't even get a pony tail centered on the back of my head...so there is no hope I could recreate your wonder. I'll just enjoy that I am not the only one enamored with the horizontal wide stripe :)

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  69. I just found your blog by googling "how to make striped curtains." Thank you for such a detailed tutorial. I'm going to attempt to do this. I'm sure I will cry during the process, but your tips will surely help.

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  70. Courtney, I can't remember if I commented on this, but these are so beautiful! Bravo girl! I put this on my Facebook page. :)

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  71. The entire room is gorgeous ! The drapes are great, I know from past experience that those stripes can kick your butt ! Great job all the way around. Like the fixture, what about spray painting it with the Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze? Its a great dark bronze.

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  72. Your curtains turned out AMMMMAZZZIIING! I just found your blog through Thrifty Decor Chick's facebook page. I am now your newest follower. Come check me out if you get a chance.

    Noplacelikehomeally.blogspot.com

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  73. Wow! Are you kidding me?!?! They are so gorgeous, what an awesome look! You did a great job!

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  74. Brilliant...you did a fabulous job lining the stripes up! I'm currently working with a client and have been searching for striped drapes too, to no avail. Looks like I'm gonna have to break out the sewing machine. Great job!

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  75. You did a great job! Love the stripes going horizontally. I have a suggestion for you, when you close them, they will stay put on the ends if you put the last ring on the other side of the bracket.
    This way they will stay put at either end of the window.

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  76. Let me just say, you are far more talented than I, but I followed your directions and I DID IT! Well, sort of, I kinda cheated, but they are done and I love them! Thanks for your help, your home is beautiful!
    Cathy
    http://theloganslanding.blogspot.com/

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  77. This is an excellent review.I would love to read more about this topic.

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  78. This is just beautiful! It is wonderful to see such a fresh take on more traditional interiors. You have such an eye! Thanks for sharing...

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  79. Thanks so much for the inspiration!! Saw these on pinterest and they inspired me to make some. here's how they turned out: http://graceadkins.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-striped-curtains-for-pinterest.html

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  80. it came out beautiful....the hard work really paid off...like the decoration.

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  81. The stripes drapes shown by you are exceptionally smart and stylish. Just loved watching them
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  82. I'm more of a floral curtains person but upon seeing your blog with these striped curtains I think I'm beginning to love stripes as well! And the color match is stunning!

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