I recently got a call from a customer inquiring about using drapery panels for fabric to cover their DecoWrap cornices. I want to share some of what I told her, as I think it is helpful and it can save you money in the process.
When I invented DecoWrap over twenty years ago there was very little variety of redi-made window treatments on the market. You could only find a limited selection to choose from, usually basic solids and sometimes a few patterns in limited styles. Fast forward to 2018 and it is the complete opposite. If you go on-line there are literally hundreds, even thousands of styles, colors, and patterns to choose from. Also, local department stores have a nice selection of window treatments. I prefer to to buy local so I can take it home the same day. You will mostly find panel styles on the market. The good news is that panels are what we need to make our customized window fashions. Here are my reasons for using redi-made fabric panels for DecoWrap window treatments:
- Using redi-made panels for drapery material is a genius idea because you can save a whole lot of money on fabric. On many occasions, I have purchased panels in my local store (mostly from Target and Pier 1 Imports) and have used them for making DecoWrap styles. Here is the thing, if you find a 54″ wide x 84″ drapery panel for $20.00, that is like getting your fabric for less than 10.00 a yard. Since DecoWrap requires 54″ wide fabric to cover the 40″ cornice, you can get two “cuts” of (54″ x 32″) out of one panel. So one panel will cover both basic cornices included in our DecoWrap kit!
- Another bonus is that decorative drapery panels or sheers can just tuck into the back of the DecoWrap cornice forms. There is no need for an additional drapery rod. You can use one panel to cover the cornice, and two more can be tucked into the back slit of the DecoWrap. The panels hang down to frame out the window, creating a high-end custom look.
- Fabric shower curtains are also a great pre-made choice. My local Home Goods store had great patterns in nice weight cotton for 14.99! And shower curtain panels are large. You can see some styles I made for our QVC shows. The videos can be found on You Tube, the link is at the bottom. Look for the navy and white wide strip nautical roman style. Another is the grey and teal print with white panels.
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