From Solid To Striped - Converting Your Drapes To Have A Whole New Look

If you want to change the entire look of a room by switching up your curtains, you don't have to buy new ones! Consider saving some money by adding stripes to your drapes in a complementary color. Here are some instructions for you to use to change your drapes from a solid color to striped without it being a permanent change. 

Materials You Will Need

  • Cotton twill material 
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Fusible fabric webbing
  • Ribbon in same color as twill material
  • Iron

Measuring The Material

Before making your new drapes, you will need to determine the sizing of the stripes you will be adding. These instructions are for horizontal stripes. Measure the height of your drapes and divide the number of inches in half. Divide this number by the number of stripes you intend on placing on your draperies. This will be the number of inches you need for the height of each stripe you will be placing. The width of each stripe you cut will be equal to the current width of your draperies. Once you have the measurements ready, head to a local fabric store like Brandt's Interiors & Workroom to pick up materials needed to revamp your drapes. 

Preparing The Material

Use your measurements to cut cotton twill material to be used to cover your existing drapes. Cut strips of fusible fabric webbing to adhere the cotton twill pieces.  Make sure all material you are working with is laundered. Fusible webbing will adhere better to material that does not have a fabric finish blocking the webbing from melting into the fibers. Measure your existing drapes to determine where each stripe will be added. 

Attach the fusible webbing to the underside of each panel that you will be placing on your draperies. Use pins to keep it in place. Pin each stripe on your existing draperies. Iron the face-side of the fabric panel. The fusible webbing layer in between the new panel and the existing drape will heat up, sticking the two pieces together. Remove the pins after ironing.

Covering The Edges

Cut pieces of ribbon in to match the measurement of the width of your drapes. Using the same method that you had used for the fabric panels, use fusible webbing to attach the ribbon to the drapes. Place the ribbon pieces on top of each horizontal edge of the panels you had just added to your existing draperies. This will help hide any raw edges from view, leaving you with a pair of drapes that look as if you had bought them in a striped pattern. If you decide you wish to go back to solid-colored drapes, fusible webbing can be removed by heating it to a temperature hot enough to peel it away from the fabric.