no sew ribbon trim

Window Treatments: No Sew Ribbon Trim!

Written on July 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm , by

Inexpensive window panels or shades are available at many home stores but sometimes the plain fabric can leave you wanting more.  An easy way to dress up store bought panels and and make them chic is to attach colorful ribbon or trim to the edges.  


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Choose colors that complement the other accessories in the space, or get creative with a pattern that draws attention to the window, like this elegant criss-cross pattern.


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If you love the idea of adding ribbon trim to your existing window panels or shades, there’s a way to do it yourself, no sewing required!   I made my own fixed flat fold roman shade in a bright floral pattern for our laundry room window, and chose deep blue grosgrain ribbon to add that extra decorative detail. 

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Here’s the simplest way to attach ribbon or trim without ever using a sewing machine.  Pick up some fabric glue at your local fabric or sewing store, apply it generously to your ribbon then smooth it out with your finger (not shown) so that it’s evenly distributed across the back of the ribbon.  Use stacks of magazines or books to weigh down the ribbon after you’ve placed it where you want it on your fabric. 


fabric glue


To make turns or angles, crease the ribbon as shown, secure with glue, and press flat. 

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With fabric glue and ribbon, be it velvet or grosgrain, you can create unique window panels personalized for your home and give your simple window treatments a dash of panache. 


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Fabric glue dries clear within an hour and holds up in a gentle wash cycle.  It’s the perfect DIY tool for dressing up store bought panels and changing up your space in an afternoon!