Window Treatments to Sew

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Windows frame one’s view of the outside world. Give them the attention they deserve. Sew stunning window treatments to match your home décor. Many types of window coverings are easy enough for beginners to sew.

Types of Window Treatments to Sew


The basic types include curtains, draperies, valances, shades, and cornices. In some cases, several kinds are used in combination. Draperies are often paired with sheer curtains. Shades can be combined with most any window treatment.

Sewing Shades

Roman shades can be lined or unlined. A fun sewing project, these are very decorative. There are several styles of Roman shades. Give careful thought to the tie-ups that will be used with these. Options include roping, ribbon, and fabric strips. This project is suitable for beginners.

A simple rolled shade is easy to sew. This can be made using a dowel. Sew a pocket on the top of the fabric to hold the dowel. Hem the sides and bottom. Add several decorative fabric strips to use when rolling up the shade.

Sewing Draperies

Some draperies are more challenging to make than ordinary curtains. Usually, these will have a lining. They can be pleated or unpleated. Rather than sewing each individual pleat, there is an easy alternative. Use the pleater tape instead.

Cornices and Faux Cornices

For this treatment, the fabric is attached to the cornice board. Another option is to sew a faux cornice, which is made much like a valance. It will resemble a true cornice. This has a rod pocket in the top so the faux cornice hangs on the curtain rod.

Importance of Windows

You have to consider your current windows before you start sewing curtains and treatments. Different types, requite different treatments. For example, you cannot place the same curtains on a double hung window, as you can on a casement window. For more information visit and review the many styles of window replacements.

Sewing Curtains

These are the easiest type of window treatment to sew. They’re suitable for beginners. The choices include a simple pocket curtain with the rod pockets at the top. Tab-top curtains and café curtains are also simple to make.

Curtains can be lined or unlined. These can be dressed up with pleats, pin tucks, appliqué, and patchwork.

There are numerous ways to embellish standard tab-top curtains. Instead of tabs, add grommets to the top edge. Then, weave a long strip of fabric through each grommet and around the curtain rod into the next grommet.

Add large decorative bow ties to tab-top curtains. Cut fabric or decorative ribbon into long strips, and place one into each of the tabs. Tie the ends of the ribbon or fabric into large bows.

Sewing Valances

Valances are easy to sew. These can be used alone or in combination with other window treatments. They’re often combined with café curtains.

As an alternative to a conventional valance, consider other simple options. Drape decorative tea towels, embroidered handkerchiefs, napkins, bandanas, or squares of fabric over the top of the curtain.