Window Treatment Fabrics

A do-it-yourself window treatment is easy when the decorative effect is created by the fabric.

Window treatments that solve problems are always a plus. You expect them to decorate a room, but when they also hide an unsightly view or filter harsh light, then you get your money's worth.

Modern lightweight sheers are one choice that will accomplish all three tasks--a pretty look, privacy, and pleasant light. Today, many sheers are manufactured with a variety of embroidered designs integrated in the fabric, adding interest to an otherwise plain organza, cotton, or chiffon background. And best of all, they are not transparent, so light filters in while the room remains private.

For a powder room window, only one piece of fabric was necessary. Because the view was uninspiring, the treatment covered the entire window. Looped cording attached to the top was hung from upholstery tacks to keep it in place.

Using sheers on windows is an old-fashioned idea, and this updated version exudes an air of aged sophistication. The fabric was originally a crisp white, but it was stained with tea to give it the lovely quality found in older, more delicate fabrics. Here's how to create this look.

Step 1: Measure the inside window dimensions; cut fabric to size. We used a window that is 23 x 32 inches, so 1 yard of 54-inch-wide fabric was needed.

Step 2: Finish each edge with a narrow shirt-tail hem. If you don't have a sewing machine, an iron and fusible web binding would also work.

Step 3: Attach cording to top with a machine zigzag stitch or baste by hand, adding loops every few inches.

Step 4: If desired, stain white fabric with tea for an aged effect (see box on previous page).

Step 5: Measure and mark where tacks should be placed on the window frame, using loops as a guide. Nail tacks into frame. Hang treatment by placing loops around tacks.


"Window Treatment Fabrics" is from the January 2001 issue of Southern Living.