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Burlap Curtain and Fixed Shade Tutorials

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

 Bolsters from DIY Pillows
I must admit that after I promised a tutorial for how the curtains and shade for the bedroom were made, I had to chuckle.  To be honest, I cut a lot of corners and they aren't perfect or the way you are "supposed" to make window treatments.  So here goes anyway...


 Basically, I studied the big catalogs to determine how I wanted the hems to look at the top and bottom.  The top hem is 2".  Simply turn fabric under 1/4" and press, then turn under 2" press and stitch.  Then do the same thing for the bottom hem only using a 4" hem instead of 2" for added weight.  By the way, this does not have to be a sewing project.  You can also use stitch witchery or the iron on tape if you prefer.  I hung mine with clips.  Easy.
 "Z" pillow from my friend Sherry
Also, these curtains remain closed but allow a generous amount of light to pass through.  Our neighbor's house is in close proximity and the curtains are for privacy and texture so I did not line them.  Burlap curtains usually aren't lined in the catalogs either.  Burlap comes in many colors.  I think cream would be very pretty either alone or with a bright ribbon or Greek Key tape along the leading edge.  Just thinking out loud.



My panels are the width of the fabric itself.  In other words, I used the raw edge as is without hemming.  Actually, you don't even notice it at all.  This is how you make window treatments in 30 minutes - you cheat ;)


 OK, now for the fixed shade...we needed something to cover the Redi-Shade at the top of the window, but I wanted it to cover as little of the window as possible.


  I decided 14" would be the perfect length for the shade and I worked with the folds until they were uniform and the shade measured 14" in length.  The width of the fabric and the window were 50".  So again, I did not hem the sides.  How lucky was that?  I then pinned the folds into place and stitched each one straight across.  Again, you could use other alternatives to sewing.


 There are many ways you can hang a shade.  The most popular way is to attach it to a 1X2 board and affix the 1x2 to the wall or molding with L brackets.  I wanted the shade to have hardware similar to the curtains, so I used black upholstery tacks that I had on hand.  Can you tell that I didn't measure for this part, but instead "eye-balled" it?  Again, this isn't perfection, but I am very happy.
If you have questions, email me.

I am sharing this with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and  Funky Junk.

48 comments:

  1. I have a burlap fixed shade just like that in my washroom that I put up a few months ago and I still love it! Burlap is still always the way to go, I'm convinced!

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  2. This is a great tutorial. I just love the look of the burlap drape in back of the bed. Very chic!
    Your fixed Roman shade is also a job beautifully done. The nailheads are perfect for this look.
    I am so impressed and inspired. I need to put up new curtains in one of my spare bedrooms, and I just love the look of your Roman shade!
    xoYvonne

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  3. Wow! They look fantastic! How lucky to have both the fabric and the window be 50". Was the open weave of the burlap harder to work with? I love the nailhead trim. So pretty, even eyeballed. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. They look gorgeous though. This is why I have a tough time with tutorials...for me there is so much trial and error.

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  5. The burlap curtains and fixed shade are exquisite! Now I am trying to figure out where I can do this.


    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  6. Nice job Rene, the upholstery tacks are the perfect touch on the shade!

    Cathy

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  7. Love the shades! I may try those in the next place!

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  8. These look fabulous, we were thinking kind of along the same lines these past days? I must get some burlap, you work miracles with this material!

    Janell

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  9. they look fabulous! you did a great job. thanks for sharing your shortcuts ... so impressive that you knocked those window treatments our in 30 min!

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  10. Oooooh Rene, I love the upholstery tacks - they really finish off the shade! LOVE how the light filters through burlap. And it goes so well with your new bolster pillows!

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  11. Rene~~~

    These turned out wonderful...even with winging it on some parts. I just love how they look.

    XO,
    Jane

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  12. My luck is not so good! Love your burlap window treatments - I'm impressed!

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  13. These look great! I've used burlap for many things, but the burlap I have used has a smell and makes my nose itch! : ) Is this the case with yours or is there a "trick" to diminishing the odor. Any suggestions would be great!

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  14. Rene, I AM IMPRESSED! Great window treatments.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Terea
    xoxo

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  15. Beautiful job! Would you trust the burlap for enough privacy at a bathroom window at the front porch? I have been trying to figure out a light-filtering solution to replace a temporary, gathered rod pocket muslin curtain.

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  16. Oh my, I just love it, Rene. The raw edges, the black tacks are totally working for me! May need to copy (borrow!) these ideas soon. PS I have found the fusible webbing does not hold up in the wash, so I would do a sewn seam bc I would want to be able to launder the drapes.

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  17. wow, I LOVE how these turned out!

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  18. Back-to-back lovely burlap inspiration! Fantastic look, Rene!

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  19. Oh my goodness, I can't believe they're that easy. I bet it took longer to clean up the burlap fibers! :) Love the updated look it gives your bedroom.

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  20. I LOVE this! I have seen the curtains in Ballard Design Catalog. I am thinking my bedroom needs these. Thanks!

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  21. It looks great! I love the shade with the upholstery tacks!

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  22. Just Beautiful. I am all about cutting corners as well . . that is the beauty of doing it yourself, right!!!

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  23. I love them! The burlap is great for letting light in and privacy, I never would have thought that, great idea! I think you did a great job and they turned out beautiful!

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  24. Great job on the curtains. I have been planning a similar project in my dining room. Thanks for the tutorial, they turned out beautiful.

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  25. just stunning! i am in love with the one behind the bed- it's perfect!

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  26. Thanks everybody!

    Marley, jute burlap stinks. I don't know why and neither do the ladies at Joann's. It also makes a mess when you cut it. Now that the treatments are hanging, I don't notice any extra lint and the smell has gone away.

    Amy, I think burlap would work enough for privacy during the day. At night,we pull the black out shade down to darken the room. Did you see the post Janell did today using drop cloth? Here is the link:
    http://isabellaandmaxrooms.blogspot.com/2011/02/very-simple-no-sew-window-treatment.html

    -Rene

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  27. This is great Rene! I totally figure it out as I go when I'm sewing so I definitely relate to cutting corners and just kinda winging it! :-) It all looks beautiful though and I am loving that pillow!
    Vanessa

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  28. The panels and the fixed shade look amazing!!!! You did a great job. :)

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  29. Love the fixed shade. It looks so soothing and the last photo with the book shelf.. it really blends really well with that.

    Happy Wednesday! :)

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  30. They look great, Rene'. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Rene today is burlap day! gracefullyvintage.blogspot did a post about burlap too, I want burlap everywhere if it weren't so scratchy. It's right up there next to drop cloths and white paint.

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  32. Those look great...and that pillow....wow...somebody likes you :)
    I am so in love with burlap....it is cheap and easy to work with. I am going to wrap my whole house in it. Cover my walls....make gutters out of it....

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  33. LOVE how they turned out Rene!!They look lovely~hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  34. love, love, love this. I'm wondering if I could copy that shade idea with another fabric. my poor husband's office is in need of something a little less feminine than the current green and cream toile that now hangs in his windows. Saving this post...

    Tessa

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  35. bravo!!! these are perfect treatments! i'm off to find some burlap! thanks for the info. jkj

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  36. They both turned out great and look very doable! Thanks for sharing Rene.
    Kim:)

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  37. Rene! I'm loving this post! (and chuckling to myself because you & I were on the same wavelength this week!)It all turned out looking fab, as of course all things you do are!

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  38. Thanks for showing us~they look great...almost perfect! ;)

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  39. I love this!!! My family and I are closing on a new home in a couple weeks, I plan to do exactly this in my dining room. Thanks for the tutorial! Looks fabulous!

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  40. BEAUTIFUL!!!!! And I love reading that you eyeball and take shortcuts too! Haha - I am always doing that and it never bothers me but then I worry when I feel like someone else is inspecting it!

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  41. I made the same curtains for my guest room using Stitch Witchery Iron on tape. It's sort of as much, or more, work as sewing, but not having a sewing machine, I did my best.
    The point of difference is that I used 4 panels of the burlap, which made the drapes look lush and full. I didn't Witch them together, I just arrange so you can't see the separate panels.

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  42. I've got burlap like six months ago and have been wanting to window treatments, but just haven't this is great inspiration! Thanks for sharing on Funky Junk! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to see what you have next! I hope you have a blessed day!
    http://brandlarge.blogspot.com
    Please check me out and become a follower!

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  43. It love! I was going to order some burlap curtains on Etsy, but you have inspired me to make my own! Thank you! Hope you visit my blog, Cool Home Creations!

    xo,
    Jaclyn
    http://coolhomecreations.blogspot.com

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  44. I wish I had read this post yesterday. I just paid Ballerd Design $48.00 fir the same window treatments you just did. I think I'll do them for my master now. Thanks a bunch.CC

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  45. I love the look of burlap!! Looks great! I was just trying to make a valance for my kitchen from burlap the other day and got torqued off while messing with cutting it and gave up. I'm gonna give it another try!

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  46. Oh I love the pillow and curtains!!!!!!!!!

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  47. This is fabulous!!!! you did such a beautiful job!
    Hope you are enjoying your week!
    XO
    Kristin

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