4 Ways to Personalize Curtain Panels

Transform your curtains from simple to chic in one afternoon by adorning plain, ready-made panels.

Give curtains a flirty touch with a ruffle you can make.

What You Need

ruffle curtain
  • 2 curtain panels (we used $39 linen panels)
  • 3 yards of fabric for ruffle
  • Needle and thread
  • Trim
  • Fabric glue

How to Make It

  1. Fold a 6-inch-wide piece of fabric in half, then press flat.
  2. Pinch fabric every inch or so and stitch it to the underside edge of the panel.
  3. Use fabric glue to adhere a trim on top of the edge to give the panels a finished look.

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Elegant stripes add a tailored look to any room.

What You Need

  • 2 curtain panels
  • 2 linen panels (cut into 8-inch-wide strips)
  • Thread to sew strips to curtain panels

How to Make It

  1. Cut 8-inch-wide strips from ready-made linen curtain panels for each curtain.
  2. Create frayed edges by carefully pulling threads from fabric.
  3. Loop strips over the top of the panels; sew along the rod pocket.

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A translucent fabric with polka-dot pattern strikes a sophisticated balance with velvet ribbon trim to complete the look.

What You Need

  • 2 curtain panels
  • 2 yards of sheer fabric
  • Velvet rib
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric glue

How to Make It

  1. Stitch the sheer fabric to curtains.
  2. Use fabric glue to adhere the velvet ribbon on the sheer fabric edge.

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An overscale zinnia print elevates these curtains to a custom look.

What You Need

  • 2 curtain panels
  • 1/4 quart of paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil

How to Make It

  1. Use a stencil to apply paint directly onto the curtains.


Use kraft paper underneath the panel to absorb excess paint.

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