Curtain Topper Tutorial

As promised, here are the directions for a custom topper
on a ready-made curtain panel.
I am not a teacher so I’ve tried to explain the best I can.
I sure hope it all makes sense.
This project requires only one line of straight stitching per panel.
Here is your best friend:
Get the super weight and at least 5/8 in. wide depending on the width of your trim.
You’ll need a couple of packages.
 I’m not very meticulous when it comes to measuring.
I do the best I can but sometimes it all doesn’t come out right.
This is pretty fool-proof though…
Begin with a 15 in. strip the width of your fabric.
You will need one width of fabric per curtain panel.  I had 4.
IKEA fabric is 60 in. wide which works well with the 55 in. panel.
If you are using normal 54 in. decorator fabric
you will have a seam in your topper. Or you can purchase a narrower panel.
Either way no big deal.
Moving on.
On your ironing board press one long side of the topper up 3/8 in.
Use the hottest setting on your iron.
Fold the same side over again to equal the width of 1 in.
Measure frequently as you work your way down the fabric, pressing as you go.
It would be dreadful if it came out crooked.
Lay the fold open and place the Stitch Witchery along the edge of the fold.
Work in small sections.
Press as you go applying pressure with your iron.
Turn your topper right side up.
Now it’s time for any trim you would like to add.
We opted for ribbon…but you could really use anything.
If you use a heavier fringe you may have to sew it on.
I don’t think the Stitch Witchery would hold something with more weight.
Again I used an inch for my measurement.
Place the Stitch Witchery along the finished edge topping it with the ribbon.
Press very firmly.
Here is your almost finished topper.
We chose tab top curtain panels but you could use any type.
It makes no difference to the finished panel at all.
Cut the tabs off along the top edge of the panel.
Place the WRONG side of your panel along the RIGHT side of your topper.
Pin if you need to and sew a seam along the raw edges.
This is the TOP of your curtain panel.
Open it up, lay it flat and press.
The next step has to be done to both edges of your panel.
Fold the topper over to line up with the long edge of your panel.
Fold under again to obtain a finished edge.
Use Stitch Witchery to keep the edge closed.
I must have blanked out and didn’t take a pic of the last step.
But it’s very easy…just turn your topper over so it’s
laying on the right side of your panel and press.
I used rings to attach it to the rod.
This eliminates any need for a rod pocket…which is just more sewing.
These IKEA panels come un-hemmed.
I had to measure and hem all 4 panels.
Hemmed panels would be way easier so keep that in mind.
You really don’t have to be a sewer to do this project.
It takes no real skill.
Anyone can use a pair of scissors, an iron and a ruler.
If you decide to give it a go, let me know.
I’d love to see your end result!
Thanks for stopping by…

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  1. This is a great tutorial! I love the way the curtains look. Thanks so much for linking up and following along. Have a great weekend!

  2. rockisshell says:

    Times on the same side of the road to equal 1 inch display measuring often you work your way down the fabric, as you can press go.It will be terrible if it came out crooked.

    roman blinds

  3. Looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up!

  4. Ann, How wonderful the change it made and the directions are so easy to follow!

  5. Susan @ says:

    OK now that is a great idea! I have those curtains in my living room without the embellishment!~ Nice job!
    Susan (your newest follower)

  6. ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ says:

    Fantastic! I love when there are tutorials with a post.

    I adore your room color and your drapes look wonderful. Oh that is one cool looking rug.


  7. Your curtains are perfect! I absolutely love navy and green together. Great job!

  8. Hi Ann, Your blog is inspiring and full of ideas of decoration and the cookies are yummy… Thanks for following me. I joined your site also.

  9. Very pretty! I love how they came out! Great fabric selection!

  10. Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says:

    Very cute! They look great in your room. Those Lenda panels are such a great deal! And I love the texture.

  11. Sarah, Three Boys says:

    They look awesome, and a great step by step too! I think they really add something to the room. Nicely done!

  12. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Your tutorial is fantastic. You have shown exactly how to make a topper and for the no sew person as well. I really like the look of your panels. Thanks so much for including my hanging post. That is very gracious of you. Hugs, Marty

  13. great tutorial, and i love those curtains; much better with the personal touch! :)


  14. Hi Ann,
    Very useful and nice pictorial post.I love stitching clothes for myself.
    Loved your blog and following it.

  15. very merry vintage style says:

    This is a great tutorial and your drapes look fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday–!

  16. Great tutorial, Ann. Your daughter's drapes turned out beautifully!!!

  17. Hi Ann,
    That is a great tutorial. I have done exactly what you are suggesting, only I sewed it all on and put on fringe, back when that was the rage with those very panels. Only I think yours looks a whole lot better than mine did. Your drapes turned out beautifully!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  18. Cozy Little House says:

    Hard to believe I've never used this sewing product. Marty is the go-to person for drapes for sure!

  19. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says:

    What a great tutorial Ann! The curtains look fabulous! Martina

  20. Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow says:

    That is a wonderful tutorial, Ann! With perfectly clear instructions to a beautiful product! blessings ~ tanna

  21. Jennifer Juniper says:

    This is a quick and easy way to customize almost any curtain! Love this!

  22. Joy @ Joy Of Desserts says:

    Nice tutorial. Love that matching pillow you made for your daughter too.

  23. wonderful instructions and photos thanks for sharing this. my home needs a complete redo before we try to sell it. little things make a big difference

  24. Julie. . . Gathered Comforts says:

    Ann, great blog spot!!! Just now had the time to check it out and it is very informative and inspiring. Thanks so much for your purchase of our Blue Bird Pillow slip. We will be holding it until we here from you with the winner's address. Again, thanks and have a great day!!!
    Shannon & Julie
    Gathered Comforts

  25. Gorgeous. What a huge difference it makes. And you did a great job on the tutorial.

  26. Fantastic tutorial! I just love it! So easy!!! Your curtains are beautiful and add such interest to the decor to your room!

  27. Every Day Blessings says:

    Love it! I always forget about the stitch witchery and sew and then think how much time I wasted, anyway , her house is darling and I love the details.

  28. I'm loving that you posted this today. Just took my stitch witchery curtains down from the kitchen a couple of days ago. I may change them but for now they are going back up. I was just on the ladder trying to get those rings all fixed. Off to read that post!

    Again, I have to say your daughter's house should be in Southern Living!

  29. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    Great tutorial, Ann. They look great. Little or no sewing is good for me.

  30. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Ann, This is a brilliant tutorial! A-DOR-A-BLE! I am redecorating my 5 dated bedrooms over the next couple of years, and this tutorial will come in handy! I love the look!
    YOur living room is so updated and classy!

    I wanted to answer your question about spray painting my switch plates. I got a rustoleum spray that says it does not need a sealer. I'll give it a try and probably do a post on it!

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  31. What a wonderful tutorial! I love the finished product, and even if I don't sew….I feel like I could actually do this now :) Thanks so much for sharing!