Cut-and-Paste Curtains

A simple sewing project creates high-impact window treatments.


What You Need

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  • Fleece for panel (width of fleece x desired panel length plus 8 inches for top ties)
  • White paper for making pattern
  • 1 yard of green fleece
  • Fabric adhesive
  • 1/4 yard of fleece for flowers
  • Colored buttons
  • Coordinating thread; needle

How to Make It

  1. Use a good grade of fleece that won't pill or fray. You don't have to hem the fleece. Once you've glued the vines and leaves in place, follow the instructions on the adhesive package for drying and curing times. The panel then will be machine-washable on the gentle cycle.
  2. Determine the length for your panels and add 8 inches for the ties on the top.
  3. Measure the width of one panel and tape together enough white printer paper to make one wide pattern.
  4. Fold the paper in half and then in half again.
  5. Continue until you have a width that will make a nice hemline scallop.
  6. Draw the scallop on the folded paper using a plate or bowl.
  7. Cut the folded pattern, and then open it up and pin it in place at the bottom of one fleece panel.
  8. Cut the scallop. You have now completed the panel hemline.
  9. For the ties, lay out the panel on a large surface.
  10. Measure down 8 inches (remember, you added 8 inches to the finished panel length before cutting) and lay something with a bit of weight -- such as a heavy yardstick, magazines, or the like -- on the panel to create a cutting line.
  11. Cut 1-inch-wide strips, making each cut to the marked line so that they're all the same width.
  12. When you're ready to hang your panels, simply tie the strips over your curtain rod. Then you can trim the strip ends to the length you want.
  13. For the design, cut a 3/8-inch strip of green fleece for the vine.
  14. Cut one continuous piece longer than your panel to allow for curves.
  15. Cut the selvage off your green fleece, and starting along one edge, cut completely around all four sides to get one long piece (you can round the corners later). Because you're cutting a narrow strip, the strip will straighten easily.
  16. To ensure consistency, draw a simple leaf shape on white paper, cut it out, and use it for your pattern.
  17. Cut out the leaves.
  18. Lay one panel on a flat surface and lay the vine in place.
  19. When the curve and flow please you, very carefully squeeze a thin bead of fabric adhesive under the edges of the vine; lightly finger-press the vine to secure. Do the same for the leaves.
  20. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
  21. Lay flat the inside edge of the second panel for the same window next to the panel you just worked on. Then repeat the process for the second panel, visually mirroring the design on the first so you have a matched set.
  22. Let the glue dry thoroughly.
  23. For the flowers, draw and cut a 1-inch circle pattern from paper.
  24. Fold the pattern in half; fold a small piece of fleece in half and cut out the circular fleece shapes.
  25. Cut slits into the folded fleece, going only halfway to the center.
  26. Unfold the flowers and then refold not quite exactly in half. You should be able to see two edges, thus creating the look of more petals.
  27. Secure the flowers to your panels with buttons as the centers, using a needle and thread.
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