Simple Window Treatments

Have you ever seen a more lonely window in need of a window treatment?  Pitiful, I know.

While I’ve always appreciated the natural light that pours in from this loft-area window, I admit I’ve neglected its adornment for far too long.

I decided to add some panels and throughout this post, I’ll show you how I made them myself.

Loft window bare2
In fact, this entire loft needed some attention… but more on that a little later.

Let’s focus right now on making over this window with a simple panel.

Window fabric

Late last year, I picked up this pretty gold and white, garden-trellis style decorator fabric.

It was on super sale at one of those prices you just can’t pass up.

At first, I thought I just might make throw pillows but then it occurred to me the fabric would be a great way to brighten up that boring loft space and window.

Window fabric cutting

Plain window panels are among the easiest window treatments to make because there are no fancy bells or whistles attached.

If you can sew a straight line, you can make these panels.

Measure the length of the window you want to cover and add about 12-inches to that measurement.

NOTE: If making two panels, you’ll need 2 sections of fabric.

Window treatment ironing

Cut the same length of measurement from the lining fabric and set aside.

Turn each side of the fabric over 2-inches the length of the fabric and iron.

TIP: Cut a 2-inch X 8-inch strip of cardboard to use as a guide for turning the fabric over evenly.

Window fabric pinning

Open the fold over and pin the edge of the lining to the edge of the fabric with wrong sides together.

Repeat these steps on the other side of the panel.

Window fabric measure

Turn the fabric inside out.

Use the 2-inch cardboard guide to turn the top edge of the fabric over.

Iron to hold in place.

Window fabric measure2

Fold the fabric over again about 4-6 inches and stitch along the folded edge to close.

Use a water soluble pen to mark the center of the area you just folded over.

This line will be the placement guide for your ring hooks (which can be found at most linen shops).

Loft window hardware

I knew I wanted white wood rings for this project but the specialty drapery shop that had them wanted nearly $40.00 for just 7 white wood rings.

Well, I needed 28 rings for this project so that was definitely a no-go.

Instead, I spent $24.00 dollars for metal rings and just spray painted them with a flat white paint so they looked more like wood.

Loft windows hardware2

I also had an old set of finials wasting away in a garage toolbox so I decided to put them to good use and apply a couple of coats of white paint to spruce them up too.

If the screws in the bottom of a finial are not removable, simply pop them into a piece of Styrofoam to hold them upright so they can be painted.

Loft window leveler

I also spray painted this 7-foot wood, fluted drapery rod which was another re-purposed item.

When adhering any window treatment rod, it’s a good idea to use a leveler to make sure you get it lined up perfectly.

Window treatments rings

Don’t these white rings on a white rod look refreshing?

I think it’s a very clean and airy presentation and really pops with the white ceiling molding.

Loft window puddling graphic

When it comes to hanging the panels, I considered a few approaches.

For example, here’s a rough puddling effect.

After looking at this for two days, I decided as much as I like a puddled effect, I like a more tailored dust-the-floor length much better.

Loft windows2

When decreasing the length of a panel, always over-compensate for the amount of fabric you think you may may need in the hem.

It’s always better to have too much fabric to fold over along the bottom edge than not enough.

It would be disastrous to go through all this work and then end up cutting the panel too short in length.

NOTE: If you have extra fabric, save it.  You may be able to use it for another project later.

Window treatments hem

Turn the fabric over about 1/4-inch and iron.

Then, turn the fabric over again to achieve the desired length and iron the bottom edge of the panel.

Slip-stitch the hem by hand to finish bottom edge.

Lampshade makeover

You know that extra fabric I referenced earlier?

Consider using leftover fabric to make a coordinating lampshade.

I featured this lampshade project here a few weeks ago and you can see my full tutorial on how to customize a lampshade using your own fabric  HERE.

Loft window wrap

After hanging the panels, gently create folds in the fabric and wrap the window treatment with plastic at about the midway point.

Leave this wrap in place for a week (or two weeks if you can stand looking at it that long), to help shape the drapery folds.

Window treatments panels2

Here’s a look at my finished window treatments.

I think they brighten and transform the entire space and it’s exactly what this little window needed.

What do you think? ♥ 

Window panel graphic2

Thanks for stopping by.

See you back here next time. 


  • Dave Thompson

    Those window curtains looks awesome. Based on the steps you have pictured and written out I should be able to do this in my home no problem. Instead of the yellow fabric you have I might go with a lighter blue color to match the rest of my home. Thanks for the great post.

  • Marcus Fillion

    I actually thought the room looked great to start with, but the curtains did improve the window by a surprising amount. I’ll have to take a look at my own windows now that I know what I could change. I might need to replace a few to get them looking as nice and new as yours.

  • [email protected] Designs

    So beautiful…it certainly gave that room a cheerful glow!…Love the pattern and love how you carried it out with the lamp shade!….Such a great space!…Have a most joyous Easter!!

  • Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life

    So beautiful fresh for Spring Lisa!! LOVELY!!! 🙂

  • patty davidson

    I noticed you have been sewing with two different machines. One for all purpose stitching and another for embroidery. What style and brand are you using for the embroidery? Thanks

  • Thimbleanna

    Beautiful Lisa!!! I can’t wait to see the makeover!!!

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