Semi-Tutorial for Mixing Details on Window Treatments

One of the things I love to do with window treatments is add extra details you don’t normally see.  Personally, I love long panels. Simple or detailed, I tend to gravitate towards panels. But even more fun are window treatments where you can mix it up a bit with details & patterns. What better space in which to do just that but a child’s room! Go HERE to see more of this bedroom.
 Fabric used for Panels
dark brown houndstooth - top 2/3rd (approximately)
faux leather – tab top
blue/green plaid – piping
 brushed green solid – contrast band
orange circle print – bottom 1/3 (approximately)
dark brown dog print – pillow seen HERE

This is just showing you the process of piecing the panels together rather than a full fledged tutorial.
I began by deciding just how I wanted to divide the panels and use each fabric. The panels are divided approximately 2/3 and 1/3.  I adjusted a little keeping in mind the orange horizontal band of the paint treatment. 
The first step was the making the piping/cording. The piping borders the green band and is the finishing edge at the top of the panels.

These photos show you the progression of sewing the pieces together. I started at the bottom and worked my way up.  You could also sew the piping to your band of fabric and treat it as one element.

This was the completed look prior to sewing the lining to the panel. I ironed the piping where the seam allowances were facing each other.

In order to assure the piping seam allowances stayed in this position, I topstitched the green band beside each strip of piping. 

 You can faintly see the topstitching in this photo.

Because the band of green fabric was not the same size of the orange band on the walls, I choose to drop it a bit.  It would have been cool to directly line up the horizontal band in the fabric with the horizontal band in the paint treatment.  Especially if using the same color! (Note to self for future project!)
The panels were hung with a simple tab top. In order to add a bit more detail, (why not?) I lined the back of the tab with the plaid fabric.  The tabs are cut 3″x 8.5″. Finished size 2″x7.5″
Top of the panels and hardware.  You can also see the plaid fabric as the piping and also at the top of the lining. (Here I added a 6″ band of the plaid fabric to insure you don’t see the white lining.)
Maybe this will inspire you to think about extra details for YOUR next project! 
Are you a detailed person?
Do you find beauty in the details? 
Speaking of details, I just realized this is my 100th post!
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26 Responses to Semi-Tutorial for Mixing Details on Window Treatments

  1. I LOVE it! The mix of colors & patterns is fantastic!

  2. Those are fabulous. Yes I would say I am a detailed person…although window treatments are not my bag. You are fantastic!

  3. I love the details and love the mixing of prints! The cohesion is gorgeous.

  4. You are a genius…you are a genius…you are genius! Have I told you that lately? I love the fabric you used…it is just PERFECTION!

  5. SheilaG says:

    Congrats on post #100! I love the color/pattern mix. Question: I want to put a sheer textured curtain on my living room windows- thinking about a colored band at bottom. Would it look weird to have a solid thicker fabric at bottom of a sheer lightweight fabric?

  6. Clearly you need to check yourself in to the nearest fabric rehab clinic! You did a beautiful job, I didn’t even notice the plaid in your original photo – I’m going to have to e-mail you the fabric I’m collecting for my home sofa ;). Hugs girlfriend, Kim

  7. Gloria says:

    Sonja: You are amazing! I love everything you make. You have really inspired me and I am once again in the “creating” mode. Made several pillows…. even a shaggy one and new curtains for my living room and bedroom. Not quite as creative as you, but you definitely have me thinking in new ways! Thank you so much for sharing! Gloria Antone

  8. Gypsy Heart says:

    I love this! I didn’t notice the plaid fabric on the first post so very happy you shared it here. I just love all the fabric mixtures that you come up with ~ I so wish you were closer! I need window treatments bad ~ :-) I appreciate your sharing…offers a whole new insight to different and striking and funky…in my opinion…and those are the qualities I like!

    xo
    Pat

  9. I am totally a detail person! And you are amazing….love these panels Sonya!

    Lou Cinda

  10. Happy 100th Post!!!! And yes, I find great beauty in the details! Especially in YOUR detailed masterpieces. You just have that special gift of putting the right colors together, getting different fabrics and patterns to go beautifully together. And boy, do I love your piping!! AND, you know that I especially love your ‘ruffles’ – but I don’t think that boy would have appreciated ruffles on his drapes. ;)
    Best,
    Gloria

  11. Your details are what makes your style stand out. Details make the difference…I admit when sewing for myself I can be a bit in a hurry to get it finished, and that is a bad thing. Patience is a virtue when it comes to making these drapes!

  12. Chrissie says:

    These curtains are totally wonderful! I love how you mixed the fabrics. It makes me want to learn to sew!

  13. Love you fun combination of textures and prints and solids! Just wonderful.
    ~Amanda

  14. Shelia says:

    Love your curtains and the fabrics you’ve chosen.
    Great job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Pamela says:

    You make it look so simple!:( Thanx for sharing and hopefully this post will kick me into gear so I can finish my other dining room panel!:)

  16. Sonya, those are the cutest panels. Love the mix of fabrics and patterns. Another thing that is too cute in that room is the table with the coke crate drawers. That is such a unique idea. Thanks for linking this week.

  17. They look great and actually I might be able to handle that to give a little more detail to some of my curtains! You do make it look simple! Love the patterns you chose as well.

  18. Wow! They panels are precious. My little guy loves hunting and I wanted to incorporate some orange in his room – this is such an inspiration!

  19. Oh my goodness, I didn’t even realize that the tab tops were faux leather when you showed the room the first time…how fabulous!!! :-) They truly have such a custom feel to them and you did an amazing job. I make very basic curtains but next time I might just have to get a little more fancy! :-)
    Vanessa

  20. Hi Sonya~ I love the mix and match of the fabrics and thank you for sharing all the beautiful details! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  21. Love the different patterns and colors. you did a great job! Thanks for sharing this.

  22. Coming Home says:

    By far one of the best blogs I have come across in months. Fantastic artistry and skill! I am impressed! Thanks for sharing!

  23. I love the choice of fabrics & I’m always impressed when someone takes the time to make their own piping! So adorable.

    Warmly, Michelle

  24. Lindy says:

    Awesome fabric combo – of course. I know I always say that but it is so true. I love the leather tabs, too. They’re cool…

  25. Anonymous says:

    They look wonderful! Question – I am using the same blue/green plaid for my kitchen window treatments, but my fabric store doesn’t know the brand/name of the fabric. Do you still happen to have that info? I would really appreciate it if you do! (eadanie@hotmail.com) ~ Beth