Ginormous Napkins Make Good Drapes

Before you judge this room, please consider this the before picture.

Okay, you can judge me.  Because I'm not a decorator, or a seamstress.  I'm just a DIY kind of girl who believes that where there's a will there's a way!  I know I still have to incorporate some color and accessorize in this living room, but I'm pretty excited about my start... because of the gray.

Yes, I have fallen madly in love with gray, along with a large portion of America.
I'm all about neutrals and I've always love black and white anything.  So gray is like the best of both worlds, right?  I love that the main focus of the room is the piano.  So, I have to stay with a little bit of black, but I wanted a lot of gray.  The wall color is "bedford gray" (Martha Stewart at Home Depot) and I love it so much, I painted my son's room the same color.  The chairs are from World Market and the little table from Pier One.  But I wanted to share how easy my faker drapes were to make.

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I didn't need functional drapes because of the shutters, so I skipped the whole lining thing.  I just needed some pretty fabric to frame out these windows.  I used regular 44" fabric and measured the length I needed to make the drapes reach the ground.  Then I hemmed the sides and mitered the corners.  I used this napkin tutorial to make napkins recently, so I basically treated this piece of fabric like a huge napkin.  Is that allowed?  I'm not sure, but it's good enough for me!
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My fave drape rods are allen + roth from Lowe's.  They're chunky and easy to use.  The rings come with loops that you could put pre-made drape hooks in, and they also come with little clips you can use!
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You can clip these right on top of the fabric like you see here.
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Then it will look like this.  Which I wasn't that impressed with.  I love the function of the clips, but I didn't really want to see them.  So I did some experimenting.
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What I ended up liking was when I did it this way:  I measured my ginormous napkin and divided it evenly to see where I would put my 7 clips.  Then I ironed a pleat  in each increment to mark where I would place the clip.  I placed the clip about 2.5" lower than the top.
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So then when I hung the rod, the top of the fabric covered the clips.  This is the look I was going for.
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See the difference?  They are both fine, but I think hiding the clips looks a little more formal.
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I have fun experimenting as an amateur designer in my home.  I've already picked out some pillows and I'm on the hunt for fabulous accessories.  I can't wait for the finished product.  The best part will be sitting in this room, listening to my kids play piano, as I look at the drapes and think to myself, "those are some cool and really large napkins."

5 comments:

  1. Great idea! I've never thought of "hiding" the clips.

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  2. You crack me up. I love those giant napkins too. Can't wait to see it all come together.

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  3. With the added benefit that you have a place to wipe your hands after dinner! LOL. They came out great!

    BTW I worked with an interior designer (pre-kids, when I could afford such a thing) and she had me use the drapery pins & she said you MUST pin them about an inch down so no hooks will show. So your instincts were correct!

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  4. You know, I have the SAME rods and I had the SAME problem. I actually took them down because I didn't like the clips showing either. Now, I can put them back up and follow your idea! Wow! Thanks! So glad I saw this.

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