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.  IMG_9854IMG_9855IMG_9860   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. IMG_9861 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. IMG_9863IMG_9865 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. IMG_9866   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. IMG_9867IMG_9868   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!}  IMG_9862 For now, I am just going to sit and stare at my drapes. Sharing with: Polly Want A Crafter DIY by Design Chic on a Shoestring Decorating The Shabby Nest Remodelaholic Just a Girl Green Door Designs S.A.S. Interiors Tatertots and Jello Between Naps on the Porch


  1. says

    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!!

  2. says

    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.


  3. says

    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!!

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!!!!!!

  7. says

    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! :)

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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!?!?!?

  10. says

    They look beautiful, Courtney! I just posted a link on my facebook page ~ http://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

  11. says

    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!!!!


  12. says

    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

  13. says

    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.

  14. says

    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 :)

  15. Diem says

    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.

  16. says

    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.

  17. says

    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.


  18. says

    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!

  19. says

    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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