How to Make Drapery Panels

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Sewing your own custom drapes is a great way to get the perfect look for your room and fit for your window. Since windows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, it can be hard to find store-bought window treatments that have the right proportions for every window. Making your own drapes requires careful measurements and planning but simple, straightforward sewing.

DIY Sunbrella Panel Drapes

These two videos will walk you through the process of measuring for panel drapes that will hang on tiebacks, demonstrating how to hang a curtain rod and tiebacks, and showing step-by-step how to sew a drapery panel.

How to Measure for & Install Panel Drapes

How to Sew Panel Drapes

In the video, we chose a Sunbrella® Upholstery Fabric, Elegance Marble, for these drapes. Sunbrella is a little heavier than traditional drapery fabric, but it gives the window a presence in the room and will block out a lot of light. When choosing a fabric for drapes, we recommend looking for a fabric that is lighter weight. For fabric recommendations, see our Drapery Fabric category.

If you want to give the drapes more fullness, you can add a drapery lining fabric to the back of your decorative fabric. This will both add body to the drapes and also protect the decorative fabric from the sunlight.

The key to making professional-looking window treatments is careful measurements and planning. To learn more about measuring your windows and design elements to consider in your measurements read our How to Measure for Window Treatments guide (200593XHT). Another great resource to help with your fabric ordering and planning is the Sailrite Fabric Calculator.

Have you ever made your own drapes? Do you have any helpful tips to share or things to consider? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments.