Drapes of Wrath

I know that’s a silly title for a blog post, but I couldn’t resist.

In trying to figure out what kind of window treatment I could put in the soon-to-be schoolroom, I came up with a really imperfect solution. I didn’t sew a stitch. I didn’t iron at all. The project only cost me $2.80.

Fair warning to interior designers and House Beautiful editors that are reading this blog (yuk, yuk, yuk…I’m here all week ladies and gentlemen): These are the lazy decorator’s draperies…you might want to avert your eyes.

Let me please mention that this “mistreatment” was inspired by The Nester, who has pages of her blog dedicated to doing this sort of thing. I do not kid, people.

What I started out with was a nekkid as a jaybird window.

Good Heavens…please get some clothes on me…

You can sorta see the paint job that I’ve been slaving over these past few weeks. It turned out really nice, and now I’m busy with organizing and adding pops of color and obviously, I needed something on this poor undressed window. I asked myself (not out loud of course), “What do I have in this house that I can use as a window treatment?”

Well, I had some of this muslin that I bought at Walmart several years ago. I have no idea what I was planning to do with it, but apparently it wasn’t going to be for children’s clothing (because the label said not to use it for that):

And I had some of these cafe clip hooks that I also bought a while back. I collect these. No lie. You never know when you’ll find yourself in need. These are black and my curtain rod is a dark brown, but the muslin will cover up the clips so I don’t need to worry about them matching…and I really don’t think company is going to be stickin’ their noggins up in my windows to see if everything’s on the up-and-up.

I purchased this green toile fabric about five years ago because I wanted to make seat cushions for my kitchen chairs. That got nixed because I wasn’t about to let my drippy, messy babes get their sticky hands on this loveliness.

Then I thought, wouldn’t the muslin be nice and light and airy in that room? Wouldn’t the toile add a little elegance? Wouldn’t some fringe add some whimsy and contrast? Why yes, it would!

So here’s what I did:

I cut the muslin right down the middle. I did not pay attention to lines or even make sure it was even. I just cut down the fold in the fabric. Then I folded the top over toward the back about 3 inches so that the unfinished edge was on the inside of the panel (toward the wall) and clipped it up onto the rod with my little hoops. It took some adjusting to get them to look sort of uniform, but that didn’t take long at all. I ended up using about ten clips per side.

Here’s a picture of the wall side of the panel. You can see the clips holding on to the fabric so that the top of it covers the rod and the clips. It sort of forms a little bit of poof at the top.

Then I just played with the muslin a bit to make it pool on the floor. I might take some of the length off, but it’s fine for now.

Then I cut a piece of my toile. Oops…it’s not as wide as the window. No problem. I can hide the gaps with the muslin. I used upholstery tacks to put the toile up and just pushed them in with my hands.

I admit I did splurge a bit on the fringe. I had a couple of fringes in my stash o’ embellishments, but it wasn’t dark enough. I dragged myself to Hobby Lobby (yeah, that was tough) and found this cute brown fringe ($2.80 for a yard with a 40% coupon – oh yes) that I then hot-glued to the bottom of the toile.

Yes. Hot glue.

And here’s what I ended up with:


Is it perfect? Nope. Did I spend a bunch of clams on it? Uh-uh. Does it look kinda decent? Oh yes. Good enough for me!

It’s light so that the room is light enough for kids to work on school stuff. I like the fringe because it’s cute. My girls have been telling me how much they love it. My two-year-old has not torn it down yet, but we’ll see how that works out later. He’s a little dude and doesn’t show much interest in curtains. Husband just said, “White?” – typical man response and that’s okay. I don’t crazy-go-nuts over his numerous gadgets.

So there you are. Easy, breezy, SIMPLE window treatments that took me a total of maybe an hour and a couple bucks and change.

Just FYI – I’m linking this up with The Nester’s IDHTBPTBB (it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful) party on Monday! Looking forward to seeing all of the fun, imperfect ideas there.

I’ve already linked up with Fingerprints on the Fridge, Beyond the Picket Fence, and Somewhat Simple‘s Link Parties – go see all the cool stuff!

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12 thoughts on “Drapes of Wrath

  1. I love the blog post title. Had to visit when I saw that. The drapes look wonderful! I’m only capable of sewing a straight line – but your drapes make that completely unnecessary. I love the toile, too.

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