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How-To Add Decorative Trim to Curtains {for cheap}

It’s been fun to share a few of the many DIY updates that I made for my daughters new Big Girl bedroom, and today I’ve got another.

When planning out the room, I knew I wanted to keep the long window panels, but add some embellishments to dress em’ up a bit.

They are typical 86″ long panels that I purchased 2+ years ago from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and are a deep fuschia color with a small herringbone pattern. I always liked them but thought they were a wee-bit boring… until now.

Adding trim, a leading edge, or edge band, is a simple and inexpensive way to give an updated look and a bit of flair to any window treatment. Plus now my revamped drapes are unique and one-of-a-kind, and so can yours.

To get the look is pretty easy and costs only a few dollars.

The before panels were okay, but the after is “bam”!

To start off, the panels definitely needed to be raised alittle higher towards the ceiling (the higher the better), and adding a decorative trim band at the top, bottom, and inner side was the answer to give them a designer look.

I found this fun fabric for $3.97/yard, and one yard was just enough for the project.

To start off, I determined that I wanted a 3″ +/- leading edge band on the 3 sides.

I cut 6-1/2″ strips of fabric.

The fabric strips were not long enough for the length of the curtain panel, so I simply took the fabric ends, put right sides together, sewed, and ironed flat to create 1 long strip.

Once the long strip was created for the length and I cut two strips for the top and bottom (x2 for the other panel), I folded the strips in half (wrong sides together) and ironed.

I then aligned the unfinished edge of the trim fabric with the right side of the panel edge…

Sewed using a 1/2″ inseam….

And finished by ironing the seam flat.

After adding the leading edge band to the inner side, the bottom, and the top, it was time to focus on the corners.

Where the corners meet, I left extra fabric and rolled one side under the other to create a 90 degree angle. Then sewed the edge.

Pictures might explain it better. Take a look…

And here’s the result of my $5 Designer Update

O, I forgot to mention that I also updated the drapery rod too.  The before rod was purchased from Ikea years ago.  No reason to get a new one when a little spray paint does a world-of-wonder!

Hello to Gloss White.

If you happened to miss the whole space, it’s a true treasure.

It’s amazing with a little fabric and/or trim, how a typical store-bought drape can be jazzed up to look designer-made!

I’m pretty passionate about window treatments (call me crazy), and if you want to read/see more, I recommend you check out these posts:
Create a Layered Window Treatment
The Right (and Wrong) Way to Hang Window Drapery Panels
DIY: How To Make Simple Lined Window Drapery Panels

Create a Layered Window Treatment

Whether they are dainty wood blinds or over-the-top dramatic drapery panels, something is needed on every window!   And without, it’s like going to a party wearing a gorgeous dress and  jewelry, but forgetting your shoes. That being said, I’m also a big fan of layering window treatments which means having a combination of functional parts and pretty parts. By adding different layers, the window(s) will have added depth and dimension, plus offer energy efficiency and privacy. To begin, ask yourself a few questions which will help determine the type and amount of layers that you want and need for your window(s).

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Desire privacy for your space?  If so, you may want to consider something that can is functional and can open & close.


  • Desire complete darkness in your space?  If so, you may want to consider black out shades.



  • Desire texture, color, and height? If so, you might consider long drapery panels that are hung high close to the ceiling, plus a bamboo shades.




These are MANY options and those are just a few questions to start the process in deciding what’s right for your situation.  Let’s move on and discuss layering window treatments.

Aesthetics Only (Layer 1)

In many rooms of the home there may be no need for privacy, so a window treatment for an aesthetically pleasing look will be just enough.  Window treatment ideas could include:

  • Long drapery panels that are stationary


  • Roman Shade that is stationary



  • Cornice or Valance (above the window)




The following images show examples of window treatments that are one layer and for mere aesthetic purposes only.


Summer Thornton Design


Little Green Notebook


Amoroso Design




Privacy (Layer 2)

There are different degrees of privacy that you may want to achieve from your window treatments. You may still desire some light, so a light filtering shade may be the solution in a kitchen or living room, but a shade that completely blocks the light (and your naked silhouette) is better for a bathroom or bedroom. Window Treatments for privacy include:

  • Long drapery panels that are functional and can be pulled across the window (consider blackout lining and/or insulated interlining)


  • Roman shade that is functional (some are light filtering that allow sunlight into the space, while others can be completely room darkening and energy efficient)



  • Woven Wooden Shades (add texture to a space; some are light filtering and some are room darkening)



  • Roller Shades (inexpensive and can almost “disappear” when fully rolled up)



  • Real or Faux Wood Blinds (available in different wood tones which add comfort and character to a space)



  • Cellular Shades (light filtering or room darkening and energy efficient)




The following images show examples of window treatments that have two layers – a functional layer and a pretty layer.






Southern Hospitality




Sheers (Layer 3)

This layer is optional and usually not needed, but in some cases may be.  Depending on the window treatment design, you may want stationary panels (or a cornice), functional blinds or shades for room darkening / privacy, as well as a third layer for semi-privacy (perhaps for during the day hours).  I actually had this scenario years ago when I lived in the city and my apartment faced a busy street.  I obviously didn’t want people looking in, but I also wanted light to enter during the day, so the solution was to include a sheer in front of the functional blinds which I put down at night and darkened the room.

The following images show examples of window treatments that have three layers – a functional layer, a pretty layer, AND a sheer layer.


The Lettered Cottage


Apartment Therapy

There are many different styles and designs for window treatments, but adding numerous layers truly makes a huge impact in a room.  Imagine your window as a piece of artwork… It would look so blah and boring without the perfect frame to surround it.