Accessorize your windows with this easy no-sew panel tutorial

Hello!  Today is day three in this week's topic, all the little "details" that make a room good to great.  Today's post was inspired by two things: my son's recent room refresh, and this week's topic!  We cannot forget our windows....

Quality window treatments are pricey, and there is certainly a time and place for those....but not in the Nienhuis household (Lol).  High quality, professionally installed window treatments could set you back thousands of dollars.  Since that wasn't an option,  I came up with this little trick.  

Get ready to have your window panel (and non-sewing) world rocked......

What you need:

1.  Flat sheets (actual bed sheets).  The number of sheets and sheet size depends on your window size and number of windows.  For example, my son Luke has one giant window in his bedroom.  I needed 2 twin size flat sheets, one for each side of the window.  I found a the perfect color/pattern for Luke's room, but there was only 1 full size flat sheet available in that pattern, and I needed 2 panels.  At first I was bummed, but then my fabric scissors became my friend and soon I had 2 separate panels. 

2.  Fabric Scissors:  Not mandatory but will save you from cursing at your normal household scissors while attempting to cut the fabric.  Fabric scissors effortlessly cut through fabric, leaving a much cleaner line while cutting. 

3.  Tape Measure:  measure your window width, height, and the distance between your window rod and the floor.  Bring the measurements with you when you shop, and you can estimate what size sheet you need, and quantity. 

Here's how: 

1.  Lay out your sheets for cutting (if needed)

If you want fuller panels, you will probably skip this step.  Since I only had one flat sheet to work with, and I needed two panels, I folded the sheet in half the long way, and cut along the fold.  This created my two panels.  You could make a pencil line using a yard stick if you're concerned about cutting a straight line.  

2.  Create an opening on your sheets (for your window rod)

Most sheets have a sewn over "trim" at the edge where your pillow is.  That edge will be your loop,  for your window rod to go through. If that sewn over edge is open on the end, then you can skip this skip and just loop your rod right through.  But, If it's sewn shut on the edge, then you'll need to make a small cut along that edge, to create an opening.  To do this, make a small cut from the top of that edge (the corner), half way down that edge. (about 1.5 inch long cut).  Now, you have an opening for your window rod.  You could also make a cut all the way down that side of your sheet, but I took the easy way out and only made this small cut you see in the photo below....

In the photo, you can see the thicker edging on the sheet was sewn shut, so that is why I had to make that small cut; to create an opening for the window rod.  This cut was not visible at all, when the panels were hung. 

In the photo, you can see the thicker edging on the sheet was sewn shut, so that is why I had to make that small cut; to create an opening for the window rod.  This cut was not visible at all, when the panels were hung. 

3. Stick the window rod through each panel opening

Before looping your sheet panels onto your rod, you'll want to make sure the straight/sewn edge (the sides you didn't cut) are facing the inside part of the window when hung.  That applies to you only IF you had to cut your sheets like I did.  The reason you want to hang them like this, is because that inside seam is more noticeable when hung.   

The cut sides/edges should face outward, away from the window. Those outer edges seem to naturally fold under, (you might have to manually "tuck" them under) making them completely unnoticeable.  

And that is it!  Easy, no-sew, and inexpensive curtains for any room in the house!  Another alternative is to purchase window rod rings (they usually come in packs of 6 or 8), that you can clip to your fabric, and place on your rod).  Either method is easy and user friendly.  

Other Tips and tidbits: 

-For fuller panels, you can use a larger flat sheet size (like queen or king), or, you can use more sheets for each side of the window; just double them up on each side.   

-Flat sheets are sold separately so you don't have to purchase an entire sheet set 

-Throw your new sheets in the drier to get out wrinkles. You could also iron them (yuck!) Does anyone despise ironing as much as I do? 

-Experiment with fun patterns and colors.  We are more likely to experiment when a project is easy, and inexpensive!

-If you want your panels lined, you can hang white sheets in front of your panels, the same way you did your panels.  You may consider using a double rod system, one rod for the white sheet, one for your panel. 

Did you like today's tip?  Have you ever tried a do-it-yourself window panel?  

See more fun decorating tips and tricks in my blog collection.... 

Coming up tomorrow.......

Color:  5 ways to add it to any room!  Whether you love color or dread it because you have no idea where to start, tomorrow's post will get you excited about the possibilities for color in your home!