I haven’t made much progress on Colin’s big boy room lately, as I’ve been waiting for some stuff to arrive. My chevron fabric came in over the weekend and I was so excited to make my first no sew drapes.
I called this the idiots guide for no sew chevron drapes because when I started looking on the web for guidance I noticed some details were left out, such as where to order fabric, how heavy of fabric you need, and how much for standard drapes. I thought some might find this helpful so I am laying it all out there step by step.
2 pages of rings (one for each panel)
Measure. Many guides say ” measure how much you need, etc etc etc” and while this may seem like a simple task for most, I was kind of clueless. If you are planning to make 2 panels similar to what you would expect to buy in a store between 84″-95″ long, I would suggest purchasing 6 yards of fabric that is approximately 54″ wide, this will give you a little left over but give you plenty of wiggle room to work with.
Order: If you do not have access to a good fabric store, ordering fabric online can be super simple. I ordered my fabric through Warehouse Fabrics, Inc for $7.47 per yard, it was called zig zag, in chartreuse I found an online coupon for 10% off so with shipping the fabric was just over $46. They have a HUGE selection of chevron fabric in almost any color, as well as a lot of other contemporary patterns. This fabric was labeled as medium weight which I can say is plenty thick for drapes. The quality of the fabric is fantastic!
Iron adhesive: I was new to iron adhesive until recently. This stuff is AMAZING and a must if you don’t have access to a sewing machine such as myself. I chose to use the one sold by Ikea which can be found in their drapery isle. I believe it is $1.99 a package, I used 2 for this set of no sew drapes.
Cutting the fabric: The first thing I did was cut my fabric in half so I was working with two separate drape panels… this made handling much easier.
Next I created a similar seam for the top of my panels, using the points in the chevron lines as a measuring guide. I’ve heard working with patterns can be difficult because you have to be concerned with lining everything up, but for drapes, the chevron lines provided a guide for my hems and I didn’t have to use a measuring tape once.
Hang your Rods and Rings: As suggested everywhere on the web, I chose to hang my rods much higher than my window and another 8″ or so wider than my window to give the illusion the window is bigger than it is. I found my rod at tjmaxx for $7.99 and picked up the rings on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond for $4.99 each.
Hang and hem your drapes: I decided it was easier to hang the drapes on the rings first to get a real idea of how short I wanted them. I marked off where I wanted them (again used my pattern as a leveling guide) and repeated the same steps I mentioned above for creating a hem.
I cheated a bit and kept my drapes hanging for this part and just flipped the ends of the drapes over a chair to apply my iron adhesive. Then I trimmed off the excess fabric leaving about a 2″ flap inside on the bottom.
Then it was time to just step back and admire my new no sew chevron drapes, I’m in love with this zig zag print.
They are perfectly finished, even up close.
What do you think? Have you made no sew drapes before? Planning to make some in the future. I’d love to hear all about it.