I thought I would start the DIY section of my blog with a fairly easy DIY that almost anyone can do, and there is no sewing involved. Adding trim to drapery panels is a great way to take something basic and add a little flare. It is also a great way to create a unique look on a tight budget.
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These are the supplies I used for this project, but you can use any panels that you like and any trim. I love MJ Trim, they have a huge selection of ribbon and trim at a great price.
How to Add Trim
- Layout your panel and measure where you want the trim. I like to place mine a 1 1/2″ in so that you can see some of the panel on the side of the trim. It is best to pin it so it stays in place.
- Pull back part of the panel and apply two strips of stitch witchery as close to the edge of the trim as you can so there won’t be a gap.
- Put the trim back down over stitch witchery.
- Place the damp towel down over the trim and hold the iron on the towel for 10 seconds. (Keep the towel damp so it can create steam)
- Continue this process down the rest of the panels, re-measuring occasionally to make sure it is even.
Here is the article from the Ballard Designs blog where I discovered these fabulous pink panels. It also tells you how to border trim around the whole panel. I chose to just do the inside of the panels.
TIP: You can also use grosgrain ribbon as trim. I added navy ribbon to these Ballard Design panels when I re-did my office.
This is a great way to take basic white panels from Ikea or Target and add a fun trim to make them look like expensive custom curtains.
What window treatments do you have at home that could use a little extra something?