We have an old home with strange size windows. Each room we renovate is a full blow strategy session as to how we are going to conserve heat in the winter, block the sun in the summer, yet make something that is beautiful. Thank goodness my mom taught me how to sew, right? When I was a kid, my mom was the craft-momma. Always making something or having some project for us to do. I went though a full blown country craft phase making things like reindeer with cinnamon stick legs and stenciled art for family members. Let’s not forget the ‘stamped’ velvet blanket phase. I’ve refined my taste and realized I could make seemingly luxury items for my home. When I go on house tours and visit estate homes, the drapery is always crazy good. The drapery is detailed with beautiful fabrics. While I always get inspiration from visiting estate homes, I want to keep our home a little more casual because we’re in the country.
Last year I made lined drapery for the dining room. The motivation for sewing my own curtains and drapery is two fold: it’s less expensive than paying for custom and I can customize the look of the room. The living room has NINE windows! Six of the nine windows will use this cross over style of curtains while the remaining three windows will use lined drapes. (Same style of lined drapery in the dining room I made last year.) The drapes will cover three windows where we have terrible drafts, so I’ll use a heavy fabric (from Luru Home) and line them. I used this tutorial on Design*Sponge to make the lined drape. While I found it pretty easy, it took a bit of research for the supplies and to figure out how to cut the large panels and align the pattern. My friend Tiz helped and taught me a secret that I use for every sewing project I’ve done since.
Below you’ll find the pattern or as I like to think if it, my ‘formula’ for cross-over drapery. I’m assuming a few things: you have basic sewing skills and know how to use your sewing machine. I recently got a new sewing machine and I didn’t really know how to use it. This project forced me to learn more about my machine! To complement the gauzy linen fabric, I used a rolled hem which required more than a straight stitch. After watching a few You Tube videos and asking my Mom, I figured it out. So let’s get to it, instructions below!
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