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DIY Shade Cover, Playhouse Tent or Lounge Cabana

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 1:00

When things turn hot-hot-hot in the great outdoors, it's "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created a few seasons back, but quickly rose to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists across several social media outlets, and continues to maintain its position there. In Pinterest alone, our cabana has appeared well over 20,000 times! We can see the reasons: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store, which is why we love to roll it out again when the summer sun starts to shine.

Traditional Hook & Ring Curtain Panel

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 1:00

One of our most popular window covering projects is our Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel. This sleek modern look works with a wide variety of decorating themes, but if you prefer a more traditional style, this Traditional Hook & Ring Curtain Panel may be right up your alley. Simple curtain panels are a fast and easy undertaking. There does tend to be a lot of fabric involved, but they are not complicated at all. We show the standard method to attach the hooks, but you'll also find a link to some of the innovative Drapery Tapes by Dritz that can make the job even faster. 

Cafe Curtains with Bold Accent Bands and Hanging Loops

Thursday, 07 March 2019 1:00

Mom always said, "Never do things halfway." But I don't think she was talking about curtains, because you can do curtains halfway with very beautiful results. The cafe curtain is designed to be hung at a window's halfway point, covering up the bottom but letting in light from above. It's a great solution that gives you privacy while still letting the sun shine in. 

Pleated Window Valance

Thursday, 16 August 2018 1:00

If you already have blinds or shades in your room, a pretty little valance is an easy way to add a bit of color and style to your window treatment. Our pleated valance tutorial finishes at 44", which is a great standard width, but the clever panel construction means it's easy to add or remove inches to make the valance wider or narrower. 

Shower Curtain with Valance plus Pom Pom Accents

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 1:00

This beautiful shower curtain is guaranteed to improve your singing in the shower by 110%. We're not sure how we will ever back up that claim, but since everyone figures they sound like Beyonce when the water's running, how can we go wrong? We chose two coordinating Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics: one with a bold motif for the main curtain, the other in a smaller design for the valance. Pom poms provide a pop of color. Toss that plain plastic shower curtain and go for gorgeous instead.

DIY Playhouse Tent or Lounge Cabana

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 1:00

When things turn hot-hot-hot in the great outdoors, it's "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created a few seasons back, but quickly rose to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists across several social media outlets, and continues to maintain its position there. In Pinterest alone, our cabana has appeared nearly 22,000 times! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets. 

Double Gauze Curtain Panel with Side Ruffles: Shannon Metallic Embrace® Double Gauze

Monday, 09 April 2018 1:00

One very gorgeous fabric makes one very gorgeous curtain! One of the best ways to re-fresh a room is with new curtains. They can instantly transform any space and are the perfect building blocks for other transformations, such as pillows, cushions or linens. This dreamy ruffled panel is a look that could work well in any room. The drape and lightweight movement of the Shannon Fabrics Metallic Embrace® Double Gauze is perfect for a full-length panel – with just a hint of sparkle and shine. The construction is fast and easy, and we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design for your windows. 

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Window Valance Panels with Lace & Decorative Stitching

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 1:00

Looking for a quick and easy way to fancy-up your windows? A valance is faster than traditional curtain panels, and can even be used in conjunction with curtains or blinds to add some fashion flair. They've always reminded me of little window skirts. I think it's the way they gather across the rod and flare out along the bottom. These were so pretty when done, I could totally envision actually wearing them as a skirt! The key is the mixture of fabrics with a pretty lace. Choose a solid and a coordinating print that will be divided by narrow, see-though lace insets. Decorative stitching along the top and bottom adds the finishing touch. 

Kitchen Curtains with Ribbon Ties

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 1:00


Curtain panels are a perfect beginner project. They're fast, super simple, and you get a great sense of satisfaction when you hang them up and instantly transform your window from plain and boring to pretty and bright. These fast and easy curtains combine two fabrics and use a simple row of ribbons to tie the top in place. This is a traditional cafe style hanging method and works well for full-length as well as half-window curtains. We have a link below to our full tutorial on window measuring basics. 

Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel

Thursday, 23 February 2017 1:00

Spring is coming, and with it comes the need to re-fresh and renew. One of the best ways to update your home décor is with new curtains. They can instantly transform any room and are the perfect fabric and color building blocks for other transformations, like cushions or table linens. This classic grommeted curtain panel is a project you can turn to again and again. It's fast and easy, plus we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design to fit your unique window scapes. 

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