Window Treatments: Getting Them Right

Window Treatments Getting Them Right Houston

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to window treatments is getting the proportions wrong. It’s important to understand that scale and proportion are different. Scale refers to the size of an object compared to the space it’s in, while proportion is all about relationships. For example, an overstuffed sofa crammed into a small living room would be a scale issue. Proportion, on the other hand, would be something like a rectangular dish on top of a square table. The dish wouldn’t necessarily look right since it’s not the correct proportion for the table.

Take a look around your home. Are the elements of the room in harmony? What about the windows—are they? The harmony comes into play when the scale and proportion work together. If you don’t understand how the two go hand in hand, then you can end up with window coverings that are too small, too skimpy, too top heavy or too side heavy. It’s these little design flaws that make all the difference if you want a finished appearance to your rooms and windows.

The design solution is based off the requirements of the room. Determining whether your window treatments are function or decorative, will help make the selection much easier. Even with purely decorative window treatments, scale and proportion is important. You want to make sure that window treatments are appropriate for the room. Window treatments in simple rooms don’t need to be overdone and they shouldn’t be skimpy in room of a bigger scale.

Tips for Scaling Window Treatments

  • Most windows will need 1½ widths of fabric to make a side panel. Two story windows at least two widths are needed.
  • Tall window treatments often need a deeper return to hang properly. As a general rule, 5 ½ inches for a single drapery and up to 8-10 inches for exceptionally tall windows.
  • Smaller-scale rooms look great with small tight pleated draperies, such as pencil pleats, pinch pleats or fan pleats.
  • Pleats need to be over-sized in tall window treatments.
  • For top treatments, start by dividing the finished length of your drapery by five or six to determine the approximate finished length.
  • Before purchasing rods or rings, take into consideration the size of the room, the height of the windows and the scale of the treatment.
  • Tiebacks are the most pleasing to the eye if they are placed high (about 1/3 down) or placed low (about 2/3 down).

If you still find yourself struggling with your window treatment, don’t hesitate to visit us at Interior Fabrics in Houston. Taking time to become more educated about scale and proportion will help in all aspects of design around your home.


Area Rugs for Your Texas Home


Sometimes the interior design of a home just isn’t complete without an area rug. Area rugs are multifunctional and should really be considered when decorating your home. Not only do they bring color and style into a room, they also protect your flooring. With that said, not all rugs are alike. When it comes to rugs, they are constructed differently both in material and weave, come in variety of sizes, and require specific care and cleaning based on their design. Keep in mind that a high quality rug is going to be an investment. You want to buy the best rug you can afford, so if you have to go without, until you save up enough money, it’s better to do so.

Although machine-made rugs can be produced more quickly, the same basic techniques used in hand-woven rugs, still apply. Whether you purchase a machine-made product, or a handcrafted one, knowing the features of each type of weave will help narrow down your options.


Hand-Knotted rugs are made up of individual knots that are tied to the warp yarns that make up the length of the rug. All of these knots are what makes up the surface, otherwise known as the pile, of the rug. The amount of knots in the rug, enhance both the durability and the value, meaning the more, the better. Another key feature is that no two hand-knotted rugs are the same.

Tufted rugs don’t have knots, which make them easier to manufacture. The surface of these rugs is created by loops of yarn that are pulled through the backing material. The loops are then sheared, making the rug smooth. Keep in mind that tufted rugs tend to shed more than other rugs, which means more vacuuming may be required.

Hooked rugs are similar to tufted rugs, but without the sheared loops. Instead of a smooth surface, you have a knobby, embroidered look.

Flat-Woven rugs do not have a pile like the above-mentioned rugs. Instead, the vertical yarns are woven through the horizontal yarns.

Braided rugs do not have a pile either. Another special feature is that they are often reversible. These rugs are extra strong and durable, because the yarns are braided into one continuous rope, which is then sewn in a spiral.

As mentioned earlier, rugs are made from a variety of materials. The main natural fibers area rugs are made from are wool, silk, cotton, sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo. Rugs also come in synthetic fibers like nylon, polypropylene (olefin) and rubber. Before making a purchase, think about your needs. Will the rug be placed beneath furniture? Will the rug be used in high-traffic areas? Understanding more about fibers will help you make a decision.

  • Wool – strong, durable, soft and easy to clean, but prone to fading.
  • Silk – strong and soft, with sheen, but harder to clean.
  • Cotton – durable, machine washable and biodegradable, but wears quickly.
  • Grass fibers – strong and durable, with great texture, but prone to staining.
  • Synthetic fibers – strong, durable and stain-resistant but crushes easily.

As you can see, all have their pros and cons, when it comes to durability, feel and ease of cleaning, so it’s really going to come down to your budget and your needs.  Talking with the rug supplier will help you figure out what will work best in your home.

Fabric Resource has a wide variety of Persian, contemporary, and shag rugs for you to choose from. Often times, when a rug is purchased from a department store, there is a huge price markup involved. This is why the best option is to purchase from a reputable rug dealer. The quality of our rugs is exceptional and we offer a 25% off introductory offer. Shop online or come visit us at Interior Fabrics in Houston, or another of our Texas locations!


Warm Up Your Home for Winter

Warm Up Your Home for Winter Dallas

It’s that time of year again. Those warm days of summer, and mild days of fall, are about to be pushed aside by the cold. Even though the temperatures are dropping outside, that doesn’t mean it can’t stay warm inside. 

One of the easiest ways to bring warmth into a home is with rich fabrics. Accessories like blankets, bedding, table linens, draperies and pillows covered in luxurious fabrics, can take the chill out of any room.


Organza, a lightweight fabric, is shiny and sheer. Since it is usually made with silk, it can be on the expensive side, however, there are less expensive versions made from synthetic fibers. Organza is a wonderful choice for sheer drapes, or something less dramatic like napkins.


Although cashmere has predominantly been used for clothing, it can now be found in home décor. Cashmere blankets, throws and duvet covers in warm earth tones are a wonderful way to warm up spaces around you.


Organdy is often confused with organza. They are very similar in appearance but organdy is made from cotton, rather than silk. Although its luster is more on the muted side, it still makes a great choice for curtain panels. For something different, try making organdy ribbons to top off your holiday gifts.


Thanks to the industrial revolution, velvet is much more affordable and attainable. A fabric made from both natural and synthetic fibers, velvet has been a popular choice for curtain panels and upholstery fabric. You can’t go wrong with using it in that manner, but try mixing it up by warming up your dining room table with placemats, a tablecloth or chair slipcovers made of this luxurious fabric.


This natural fiber is highly decadent and makes any room look luxurious. The great thing about silk is that it absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Warm up your bedroom with a silk duvet cover paired with a couple of decorative velvet pillows.

Another great way to bring warmth into the home is with accents. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your seasonal home décor changes:

  • Add rugs to cold floors.
  • Use natural elements for decorations. Think dried flowers, pinecones, and leaves placed on the mantel or in glass bowls.
  • Place candles with scents associated with the season around the house or use oil warmers.
  • Create a more intimate seating area around your fireplace.
  • Replace bold-colored artwork with black and white prints.
  • Purchase low-wattage bulbs to create a cozy and romantic mood.

Interchanging fabric and accessories for the season doesn’t have to be too stressful or too costly. Even little changes can make a big difference in warming up your home for those cold winter months.

When you’re searching for your favorite designer fabric, make sure to visit us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx  to get discount prices without sacrificing quality!

Understanding Drapery Fabric

Understanding Drapery Fabric North Houston

The drapery you choose is a key component to a successful room design. Drapes do more than just serve a purpose in blocking unwanted light and providing privacy. They also pull the look of the room together. Before any final decision should be made, it’s important to evaluate the style of the room. Doing so, will help narrow down the fabrics and colors you need to complete the look. Continue reading to learn more about drapery for you home.

Drapery fabrics can basically be broken down into four categories: sheers, lightweight, moderate weight and heavyweight.

Sheers seem to be popular for rooms with lots of windows, natural light and open space, because they allow light into a room, while still providing privacy. While they can be used alone, they are often paired with heavier curtains or drapes. Sheers can also soften a room when looped over decorative drapery rods or used to adorn bed canopies. Sheer drapery fabric comes in a variety of colors, both plain and patterned, and can be made from both natural and synthetic fibers—the main ones being organza, lace, muslin and batiste.  

Lightweight fabrics are more substantial than sheers and tend to be the most popular because they are stain resistant and easy to clean. Cotton is the most lightweight and the fabric most widely used in home decorating. Cotton blends, acetate and linen are also popular lightweight drapery fabrics.

True to their name, moderate weight fabrics are weightier than sheers or cotton-based fabrics and are better at blocking light. They work well in homes located in harsh climates, aiding in keeping the cold out in winter and the heat out in summer. Two great materials that fall into this category are canvas and brocade.

Heavyweight fabrics are widely used in formal areas, such as dining rooms and sitting rooms. Velvet is one of the most formal options available and is primarily found in solid colors. Other popular choices are chenille, a soft-textured fabric, and tapestry, which is normally beaded and accented with tassels or beads.

Your fabric selection will be based on the style you wish to portray, how much money you want to spend, and how much maintenance you want. Talking with your local fabric supplier can be the most beneficial, but for now, here are some guidelines to help:

  • Cotton is strong, easy to care for and comes in a wide variety of colors, weights and weaves, but can wrinkle easily, shrink or stretch, and become weak in direct sunlight.
  • Silk is luxurious, but is prone to sun damage and water spotting. It can also be expensive to clean.
  • Linen is another strong fabric, but lacks elasticity. It also tends to wrinkle and can be shrink-prone unless treated.
  • Acrylic and polyester blends tend to pill, but are affordable, crease-resistant choices.
  • Acetate is economical and offers a nice, silky look, but is weak and easily damaged by the sun.
  • Nylon is durable, washable and reasonably priced.

As you make your selections, think about the hardware you’ll need. Hardware is another essential piece in your window treatment, so it needs careful consideration as well. Rods, finials, rings, brackets, and sconces need to be factored into your decision. Figure out what you’ll need and then choose something that will accentuate your fabric.

Whether you’re picking drapes to be a focal point or a neutral point in your home, weigh out all your options before making a final decision. Adding drapery to your home is an investment, so you want to make sure you purchase wisely.

At Interior Fabrics in North Houston, we are happy to assist you in picking out your designer upholstery fabrics while making sure you pay wholesale prices. Stop by our fabric shop on FM 1960 before your next decorating project begins!


Christmas Home Decorating Ideas

Christmas Home Decorating Ideas Dallas Texas

Is your holiday spirit reflected in your home décor on a large scale, or do you have a minimalist approach? Whether you’re a holiday decorating novice or a seasoned pro, here are 6 ideas that might inspire your home décor this season.

Brighten Up Your Front Door

There are quite a few ways you can dress up your front door, but here it never hurts to stick with the classics. An evergreen wreath accented with wide red ribbons, or a long garland wrapped in twinkling lights, are great ways to make your home look warm and inviting.

Accent Your Mailbox

Don’t let your mailbox get left out in the cold. Try draping your mailbox with an evergreen garland wrapped loosely in sheer ribbon. Incorporate a big bow or other wintry items like silk poinsettias or faux berries.

Create an Eye-Catching Centerpiece

Just because Thanksgiving has come and gone, doesn’t mean that your centerpiece has to go. Instead, create something new that will be fitting for the holiday season. An elegant Christmas centerpiece can be created easily with silver vases, red roses and white tallow berries. Accent the bases of the vases with garland, sprigs of berries and votive candles.

Incorporate Greenery

There are many things around the house that can be wrapped in greenery. Gone are the days where garland strictly adorns the mantle. Wrap evergreen garlands around the staircase banister, the backs of dining room chairs and columns or pillars. You can even wrap them around the stems of pendant lights. If it can be wrapped, wrap it! To top it off, incorporate twinkling lights.

Pop Out New Pillows

Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to change the look of a room. Change out your current pillows for ones in shades of red, green and gold. If you’re unable to find ones you love at the department store, head to your local fabric store instead. A fabric supplier is a great way to get exactly what you want. Whether you sew the pillow yourself or have someone do it for you, it’s a great thing to have handy each time Christmas rolls around.

Make Use of Your Ornaments 

A great way to add big impact to your tree is by clumping small ornaments together in one spot. Simply thread them together with string and then hang. With that said, ornaments don’t have to stay on the tree. If you have extras around, put them to use in other ways. Fill baskets or large glass vases with them and set them around the house as accent pieces. There’s really no point of having all those ornaments if you’re not going to use them!

With the winter holidays coming up, make sure to come in and see us at Cutting Corners in Dallas to get some new fabrics at discount prices. We’ll make sure you get designer fabrics at wholesale prices!

Fall Fabric Color Schemes for 2012

Do you warm up your home for fall this time of year? What are your favorite color schemes? We all have our favorite colors and the two biggest areas that allow us to surround ourselves with them are fashion and home décor.

Pantone, the color experts recently released their fall color picks for 2012. As usual, they don’t disappoint, meaning there is something for everyone. Here’s a peek at this fall’s hottest colors:

Pantone Fall 2012 Colors


Surprisingly, these colors don’t fall under the category of typical autumn colors, and that’s OK. What’s great about this palette is that it’s versatile. Not only do these colors work great for fall, but they work well for other seasons too.

It would be hard to use all the colors in your home, so we’ve put together 4 color schemes we love and have also suggested some of our fabrics that would work well within that palette.

Color Scheme #1: French Roast, Honey Gold & Tangerine Tango

Blooms-Orange-Fall Colors 2012Carson Brown Fall Colors 2012

Suggested fabrics: Blooms (orange), Carson (brown) and Lucky (gold)

Not only are all three colors gorgeous, they work very well together. The boldness of Tangerine Tango (also voted Pantone color of the year for 2012) might be a bit much to cover the walls in, but it’s perfect for complimentary fabrics and accent pieces around the home, like lamps and vases.

Color Scheme #2: Olympian Blue, Titanium & French Roast


Earth tones like gray and brown always look good together and set a solid foundation for other bursts of colors. One would think those colors are too masculine together, but when tied together with a color like a bold blue, the look changes dramatically.


Suggested fabrics: Kazoo (blue), Mendy (gray) and Glynn (earth)


Color Scheme #3: Rhapsody, Titanium & Bright Chartreuse


Since Rhapsody is a grayish purple, so it makes sense to pair it with a grey. With that said, a duo like that needs a good punch of color to make it exciting. This is why we picked Bright Chartreuse to round it out. The colors are fun and sophisticated and work all year round.

Susan Purple Fall ColorsAllen Lime Fall Color 2012Supersilk Platinum Fall Colors

Suggested fabrics: Susan (purple), Allen (lime) and Super Silk (platinum)


Color Scheme #4: Pink Flambé, Rose Smoke & Ultramarine Green


Pink and green go beautifully together, so seeing them on the Pantone 2012 fall list is no surprise. Sure, pink can be a very daring color for the home, but when done correctly, it makes a lovely statement.

Kazoo Brick 2012 Fall ColorsO Sunburst Petunia Fall Colors 2012Jefferson Teal Fall Color Selections

Suggested fabrics: Kazoo (brick), O-Sunburst (petunia) and Jefferson (teal)

Come visit us at Interior Fabrics in Scottsdale, AZ to check out some of these great fall fabrics.


Creative Fall Centerpieces for 2012

Creative Fall Centerpieces 2012 Fort Worth

Creative Centerpieces For Autumn

As family and friends gather around your table, make sure you have a centerpiece that shows your holiday spirit as well as your creativity. Here are some great ideas that range from traditional to unique.

The Classic Cornucopia 

It’s classic for a reason. The cornucopia is warm, welcoming, and exudes all things Thanksgiving. Decorative cornucopias come in all sorts of sizes, which allows you to really get creative. A cornucopia filled with gourds, Indian corn and other fruits of harvest, placed upon an autumn-hued tablecloth or runner is a timeless centerpiece perfect for anyone

Coffee Bean Candles

A fun idea that will also bring a nice aroma into the room is a coffee bean candle centerpiece. Fill a mason jar about ¾ of the way with whole coffee beans, nestle a tea light on top, tie a bow around the jar with some twine, and voila, you have a centerpiece not quite like any other.

Candles & Rocks

This is an easy centerpiece and it looks great. Take 3 votive candles (placed in tiny candleholders or tiny flowerpots) and set them on a rectangular porcelain tray or piece of mirror. Nestle the candles in some moss and polished rocks for a simple, no-nonsense arrangement that will work for many occasions. Add polished stones engraved with words fitting for specific holidays (i.e. thankful, joy, love, blessings, etc).

Floral Bell Peppers

It may sound strange, but it makes a perfect fall centerpiece. Get an assortment of colored bell peppers, like green, orange, red, yellow, or a mixture thereof, and cut it an inch from the top, ensuring it is not completely cut off. Hollow and clean out each pepper, so it can be stuffed with seasonal flowers and leaves. To really make them pop, set them on small autumn-colored plates, like brown or gold.

Gourd Vase

Seasonal vegetables don’t have to be just for eating. A butternut squash can make an excellent vase once the top is cut off and the flesh is scooped out. Fill the vase, or vases if you like a fuller arrangement, with fall flowers like sunflowers, dahlias, or mums. Use footed plates to vary the heights of multiple vases.

Leaves & Fruit

Make your own table runner out of fall-colored felt or wool flannel, picked up from your local fabric retailer. Add ribbon down the middle, securing it with fabric glue or double-sided tape. Place baby pumpkins on top of a cake stand, and set it in the center. Scatter leaves, gourds, more pumpkins, pears and apples along the runner to finish it off.

Stemware Flowers

Often times, your very own stemware can make a great centerpiece. Cut the stem off of flower and set the bloom head in the glass. Use a variety or wine, martini or champagne glasses to make it even more visually appealing. For something different, place the glasses facedown on top of the bloom, and set upon a decorative charger. To have the look last all season, use silk flowers rather than fresh.

These are just some of the numerous centerpiece ideas out there. There are so many great elements of fall that can be used as material for all your projects. It doesn’t take much to make a truly unique centerpiece everyone will love.

Fall is a great time to stop in to see us at Cutting Corners in Fort Worth to check out our discount designer fabrics for special decorating projects, as well as ongoing home decor maintenance.


Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas for Your Home Houston Texas

When the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to change colors, you know that fall is here and that Thanksgiving is on its way. In most cases, the dining room table is the main attraction when friends and family are gathered together for the holiday, but the decorating doesn’t have to stop there. Thanksgiving decorations can be spread throughout other areas of the house as well. Here are some ideas for your home that will help you get geared up for turkey day.

Start outside. This time of year, most of the summer blooms are fading, so be sure to take advantage of the fall blooms that are available. Mums are beautiful fall flowers that come in a variety of colors. Combine them, along with some pumpkins or gourds on your front porch for a warm and welcoming look.

Change out some accents. Sometimes all it takes is some color changing around the house to change the mood. Think about swapping out throw pillows, placemats, or drapery to something more fitting for the season. If that’s not an option, it can be something as simple as changing table centerpieces, candles or kitchen items like hand towels and pot holders.

Make a wreath. There are lots of materials you can find that will allow you to make a beautiful autumn wreath for your front door. Visit your local craft store or fabric supplier for materials like ribbon, yarn, burlap, linen, decorative paper, artificial leaves and silk flowers.  You could even use outdoor elements like twigs, acorns, pumpkins, apples, cornhusks and pinecones.

Jazz up your mantle. The fireplace is usually a great focal point in any room, so why not use it in your decorating scheme? Try creating something to drape across or hang from it. For instance, you can make a beautiful fall-themed garland by cutting triangles out of a fabric like burlap and then hot gluing them to a piece of wide ribbon. For extra punch, add charms or stencils to the triangles to add graphics or spell out Thanksgiving-themed words. Another type of garland could be strings of autumn-hued wooden beads. If you don’t have much time to make your own garland, swing by the craft store for some faux foliage garlands, pumpkins, gourds and candles to dress up your mantle.

Create your own tablecloth, runner or placemats. There are often a lot of tablecloths and runners to choose from at the store, but sometimes, it’s hard to find exactly what you want. If you fall into that category, try making your own! A fabric store can supply you with all the fabrics you need to piece your project together. For something sophisticated, sew some lace or fall-themed ribbon to the edge of a solid-colored piece of cloth big enough to fit your table. If you aren’t handy with a needle or sewing machine, think about purchasing a hot glue gun to adhere your own trim. For something a little different, you could cut pumpkins or leaf shapes out of felt and affix them to a piece of fabric. By creating it yourself, there’s really nothing you can’t get out of your project.

There are great resources out there to help you get started on your Thanksgiving decorating project. The Internet is full of information—websites like Better Homes and Gardens or HGTV are full of step-by-step instructions on how to get from start to finish. If you have a fabric retailer nearby, don’t hesitate to speak with an employee. Often times, they’ll be able to help you narrow down what fabrics will work best for your project. The great thing is that these decorations can be used over and over in the years to come. Have fun and have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Decorating With Mirrors

Decorating With Mirrors Houston

Mirrors bring light and depth into a room, which can greatly enhance your space. The right mirror can illuminate a dark corner, be a focal point, start a conversation, give an illusion of space, or serve as a piece of art. Here are some ideas for decorating your home with mirrors.

Add a large mirror to a narrow space. If you want to make a small area look larger, then adding a mirror is the way to do it. For instance, say you have a narrow hallway. Placing a large mirror on the wall will make the area feel less confined. Hang some artwork on the opposite wall for some added drama.

Hang multiple mirrors on one wall to create art. You want them to be visually pleasing, like artwork, so group them together in a way that makes sense. The mirrors should also be proportional to each other as well as the wall. In other words, stick with small mirrors on small walls and larger mirrors on large walls.

Use a mirror to brighten up your entryway, or any area that lacks a lot of natural light, for that matter. Hanging a mirror above, or sitting it on an entryway table, is a great way to reflect light from elsewhere in the house.

Create a second window. Say you have one great window decked out with amazing window treatments, but you still wished you had another. Create one with a mirror. Hang the mirror to the side of or directly across from the window you have, to give the illusion of another one.

Buy a piece of mirrored furniture or do-it-yourself. Mirrored furniture was a hot trend in 2011 and continues to be a great way to add some style and function to your home. There are so many mirrored pieces to choose from: dining room tables, nightstands, cabinets, nesting tables, entertainment centers, coffee tables and much more. For the DIY’s out there, buy pieces of mirrors and add them to current furniture in your home. For something less permanent, you could do something fun like setting a full-length mirror on top of a dining room table for added drama. No matter what you choose to do, mirrored accents on furniture are a great way to reflect and enhance the fabrics you have on your other pieces.

Do something fun. Don’t want a traditional headboard? Buy squares of mirrored tiles and add them to the wall behind your bed. Have a fireplace that sits empty during warm weather? Place a mirror behind some pillar candles, sit back, relax and enjoy the reflection of the flickering light. Looking to do some backyard landscaping? Make a faux pond by placing a mirror on the ground and surrounding the edges of it with plants and stones.

From the traditional to the non-traditional, there are many ways to use mirrors in your home. Whichever way you choose to use them, you’re sure to love the way they make your space look.

If you need a hand getting started with your next home design project, drop by our Interior Fabrics location in Houston. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would love to help get your next home design project rolling.


Designer Window Treatments and Drapery

Designer Window Treatments and Drapery Ft Worth Tx

If you have ever wanted to update the look of any room in your home, making your own drapes just may be the way to go!  In many cases, custom drapes are cost prohibitive.  You can achieve the look you want, with the fabric of your dreams, by sewing your own custom drapes.

What Design Do You Want?

The first step is to decide on the look you want for your room.  Is your furniture contemporary, classic or rustic?  What is your existing color palette?  Once you have decided on the overall theme for your room, it is time to select your fabric.  Do you need functional drapes for your windows (light blocking fabric, sound deadening fabric, fabric for privacy or to keep in/out heat and cold), or do you prefer decorative drapery, with sheer fabric to let in the natural light or fabric that will add personality to a room?  If you  live in a hot, dry Fort Worth climate or a hot and humid Houston climate – you may

Select Drapery Hardware

The second step is to select your drapery hardware.  The drapery hardware you select will provide a more aesthetically pleasing overall look for the room.  Again, you should ask yourself the following questions as you choose your window hardware:

Will you need drapery hardware that is contemporary designs, modern, classic or rustic?  Would you prefer a wood or metal finial and drapery rod?  Do you need drapery hardware that is more functional or more decorative?

Picking the Perfect Designer Drapery

The third step is to decide on what type of drapes you want.  Functional and decorative drapes include Roman shades, valances, cornices, swags, pinch-pleat or draw drapery, and drapery panels.  And within these categories, there are many options to choose from. For instance, the cascade on a swag (a tapered piece of fabric which is very decorative) can be hung over or under or alongside the swag.  And as for valances, there are inverted pleat valances, cinch-pleated valances, geometric valances, scalloped valances, café valances, and the simple straight valance.

DIY Designer Drapes

Many companies such as Simplicity, Vogue, McCall’s and Butterick make patterns for drapery panels, valances, swags and many different window treatments.  The possibilities are endless!  You may try browsing at a window treatment store for ideas, and then visit your local drapery fabric store to select a fabric that fits the style of your home and your lifestyle.  Your finished window treatment will provide that custom look and feel at a fraction of the cost.

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