Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DIY Drapes { Dining Room Update }

I really like our simple white Ikea Vivan Curtains with the Dahlia Fabric I added to the bottom, it added extra color to our otherwise pretty white dining room. After we completed out Dining room head to toe makeover, I wasn't ready to commit to anything to bold, so the bottom pattern  fabric was perfect. I thought about sewing full length Dahlia Curtains but at $ 26 bucks a yard on Sale for 5.5 yards for fabric would be $143 bucks plus shipping. I wasn't feeling the price. I decided if I came across some pretty fabric for under $15 bucks a yard, I'd go for it.


Well months passed and nothing. Enter Home Fabrics, I've heard about them on different blogs and my girl friend Summer (she just started a blog, check it out!) that lives in So Cal shops there all time. Anyways they finally opened a new store in Northern Cali, praise the Lord. So one after noon a few weeks ago Avery and I stopped in to check it out. Within in minutes I was in fabric heaven, they had a ton of fabrics. Originally I was there shopping for Navy Linen fabric for my living room, I mention wanting to change the look a few weeks ago.


I didn't find any navy fabric, I got distracted when I saw the large print floral fabric, I like the shades of aqua and teal mixed with the greys and browns. It was perfect for my dining room, except one minor problem. Hasani wasn't with me and I was afraid he'd nix the fabric because it was floral. We make it a point to agree on major changes and going from pretty much all white to a floral print was a major change! I texted him the picture, and 10 minutes later with no response I went with my gut and purchased 5.5 yards of fabric. Lucky for me he texted back saying he liked the fabric and to go for it. The best thing of all is the fabric was only 5.99 per yard!!! I paid $ 33 smackaroos for 5.5 yards of fabrics which breaks down to 198 inches of material!! Can I get a high five! Woo Hoo!

Before I share the afters, here's how I transformed 198 inches of material into two back tab style drapes for our dining room. Cutting material that long can be a challenge, so first I folded the fabric in half width wise, then folded it in half. I then cut the fabric in half leaving me with two 99 inch pieces of fabric. I decided I wanted my panels to be 93 inches each.

I sewed the sides of each panel first, then I folded the hem over one inch two times. Next I ironed the hem flat and then pinned and sewed each side. For the bottom hem and folded the fabric up two inches pinned and sewed.


I really like the look of back tab drapes, they look clean and almost like pinch pleat drapes without the fuss. It's the same style curtains I had in the dinning room, they can be back tab or you can use the rod pocket. I decided to sew the same style. I folded the top hem down four inches and iron then pinned. Instead of sewing individual tabs, I used ribbon as the tabs. I got this idea from Jenny at Little Green Notebook. I bought two rolls of dollar ribbon from Micheal's and spaced the ribbon five inches apart and pinned the ribbon top and bottom to the fabric. Next I sewed the ribbon onto the fabric.


I really like how the new drapes for the dining room turned out. The pretty large floral drapes bring in so much color into the dining room. The new panels are 93 inches long, 3 inches shorter then our old curtains. Hasani moved the new curtain rod down and the new drapes rest on the floors perfectly. I love for how finished the back tabs make the panels look, so pretty. Here's our new panels. Sewing the panels was super easy, the longest part of the whole process is pinning and iron the panels.



Here's how the fabric looks pulled out, I love the fabric. The fabric is super heavy and like a woven style. I forgot to mention, before I began sewing the panels Hasani and I had decided which way the print would hang. Either the leaves up or down, after much discussion we decided we liked how the leaves looked down.

Sorry for the bad lighting in this pic!


Here's a quick breakdown of how much the new back tab drapes cost to make. I spent $ 33 bucks on fabric and $ 2 bucks on two rolls of ribbon, total $ 35 for a pair of custom back tab drapes. Each panel only $ 17.50 crazy affordable!!

What do you think of our new drapes? Have you sewn drapes for your home?

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26 comments:

  1. I LOVE them! They are so perfect in that space and the fabric is absolutely gorgeous! Just the right amount of pattern and colour. Good choice and great work! :)

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  2. Way to go, Katrina! Your new drapery looks great, and you ABSOLUTELY cannot beat that price!! Ugh, you REALLY make me wish I knew how to sew... :)

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  3. That is a beautiful addition to your dining room, I love it! And that is genius how you folded it before cutting it. Why didn't I think of that when I did my curtains! :)

    And what a great deal! Seriously, these curtains are gorgeous.

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  4. Your drapes are the perfect addition to your dinning room. It’s just something about them that really makes the room POP! I have to go and purchase fabric for the drapes in my son’s room. Thanks for sharing the ribbon idea!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

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  5. SHUT UP! I totally pinned that fabric from an online source and let's just say it was WAY more than what you paid. Love the weight of it, it's a pretty texture.

    I need this fabric store in my vicinity. I'm on the hunt for a print fabric with navy/dark red/light blue for our living room. Help!

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  6. Crazy Crazy.

    Your drapes look so fantastic.
    Im like Dayka you make me wish I knew how to sew. However,

    That's GOOD stuff.


    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  7. Thanks Dayka!! :) You must get a sewing machine and teach yourself or take a class, once your get the hang of it, its pretty easy.

    Kim, that's so crazy you pinned that fabric!! It's so pretty and heavier than it looks while still letting a little light in. I hope Home Fabrics comes to your town soon, all their fabric is 12.99 and under!

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  8. Love this update. Provides nice visual interest in the room.

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  9. Absolutely fantastic! The curtains look really good! I love the pattern and the colors are a wonderful pop in the dining room.

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  10. Wow! Those new drapes are beautiful! And what a great price - isn't is so much more rewarding when you know you did it yourself? =)

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  11. Very pretty pattern and love the idea of the back tabs.

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  12. Looks amazing! I really love the pattern and it adds a lot of texture and color to the space. Great job...as always!

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  13. Morgan, your so right I love DIY projects! :)

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  14. I love the new drapes in your space. It gives it that extra punch and you can build off the colors for accessories, etc in your decor.

    BTW...your family is too cute!

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  15. Thank you Trena :) Yup I'm looking forward to adding more color in our dining room, what they heck took me so long, lol :)

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  16. I never comment. but the curtains are just too cute. The room is really coming together! Looks fab!

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  17. The drapes were just the right punch for that room! I know your hubs is so glad that you know how to sew!

    The price, you cannot beat it. I've hemmed drapes, but have never sewn them before. It's on my list of thing to do though!

    Thanks for the inspiration as always!

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  18. Erika, I still can't get over the fabric being only $ 5.99 a yard!! Drapes a simple to sew, just lots of pining and sewing straight lines

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  19. What a nice finishing touch to your dining room. I can't believe the price of that fabric!

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  20. Matched with the floral aspect, designer floral curtain designs are again on the up and up. Floral curtains of old being classed as a traditional look have been taken over by floral curtains carrying large floral images of contemporary single floral designs.

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  21. Ohmygoodness Katrina, your drapes are gorgeous. Somehow I missed this post. Your dining room is gorgeous as is, but I can see why you want the bench from Cost Plus. Love the light fixture too. You really have amazing taste!!!

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  22. I'm currently working on redoing our bedroom.. I'm going to attempt to sew up my own curtains.. And gonna try and follow your tutorial to do so :) Oh, and I'm your newest * follower!! Thanks for sharing this--You have a nice little blog here
    Jordann @ jhousetawk.blogspot.com

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  23. I've been making my curtains for years now and I'm so thankful for people like you who shares their knowledge and great ideas on how to make our homes more beautiful and comfortable.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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