Drapery Fabric in Decorating Ideas
by Leroy K. Calstard
Description: How to use drapery fabric to accent your home decor.
Using discount drapery fabric as part of your decorating scheme
is a simple and inexpensive way to update your home design.
Donít be tempted to limit yourself to curtains when considering
this style of material, drapery fabric can be used to fashion
table covers, seat cushions, pillow cases and even duvet
The traditional art of sewing seems to be every decoratorís
worst nightmare and they have come up with numerous ingenious
way to use drapery fabric in the home without having to sew a
The first way is simply to fold fabric before you hang it.
Careful accordion folds will hang well and will maintain their
shape if good quality heavy fabric is used. You can thread the
folded material through rings fitted to the walls to create a
classic valance, with tails that cascade down on either side.
Another way to avoid the sewing machine is to use a heat
activated adhesive, specifically designed for fabric. This has
the appearance of a thin sheet of web-like white material and
you place it between two pieces of material to fasten them
together. When you run a hot iron over the material the glue is
activated and secures the material. Always make sure the
adhesive is washable if necessary, as many are not.
If you do decide to tackle a sewing project there are some
simple rules to bear in mind. Stick to solid color or small
patterns if you are a beginner. It is tricky to match up bold
patterns like stripes of checks when you are creating window
dressings. You can use tone on tone fabrics, that are of one
color but have a pattern in a different texture. These can give
a very professional effect without the trouble of having to
match up the patterns.
In addition to drapes there are a number of uses for thicker
fabric. Cushion covers can look very smart in drapery material,
and if you add buttons or a zipper, the coves can be removed to
be washed easily. Drapery fabric is usually simple to clean in
situ as well, well small stains appear.
Table runners are another popular use for drapery fabrics.
Adding a solid color backing and some piping or fringing will
give weight to your runner and produce a very stylish and
If you want to use drapery fabrics in your bedroom, you may
need to look for a light weight variety that will stand up to
frequent washing. A new duvet cover and a few scatter cushions,
when they complement the existing drapes or wall coverings, can
give your room a great new look for a very reasonable price.
Leroy Calstard very often creates articles on
news relating to decorating and home design. His writings on
discount drapery fabric are published on
and other web pages.
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