Woven Window Treatment
If you've ever woven paper strips, you'll have no trouble making these panels.
How to Make it
- Begin by cutting two 23-1/4-x-72-inch panels of chocolate-brown fabric. Two yards of fabric will make two 70-inch-long panels.
- Lay one panel flat on a protected surface, facedown. Work from the back.
- Cut 11 pieces of paper, each 4-3/4-x-10 inches. These indicate how the front of your woven panel will look. Position them on the fabric back.
- With a chalk pencil, make a fine line at the top and bottom of each piece of paper. The chalk line should be the width of the paper pattern, or 4 3/4 inches.
- With the finest line possible and minimal liquid, run a line of Fray Check along each chalk marking and down each side of the panel to prevent fraying.
- Let the panel markings dry thoroughly.
- Place cardboard under the panel, and using a single-edge razor blade and a straightedge, carefully cut along the lines to make the slits for weaving.
- Use your practice line to try cutting before you cut the slits in the panel.
- On both the blue and green microfiber fabrics, measure and mark strips that are 4 3/4 inches wide.
- Apply a thin line of Fray Check along the lines, and let it dry.
- Cut the strips, and carefully weave them through the panel slits.
- Turn down the top and turn up the bottom of each brown panel 1 inch.
- Finger-press and then glue the hems, using fabric adhesive. You may need to lay plastic over the hem and weight it slightly with books until the adhesive creates a bond. Use only a thin application of adhesive.
- Use adhesive or clear packaging tape to secure the ends of the woven strips to the back of each panel. Hang with clip rings.
- For a panel that will look good from the outside of your home, create a lining from white or ecru microfiber that measures slightly smaller all around than your finished panel.