Quick, Easy Curtain Panel Update with No Sewing ~ Maxwell House Interiors

Meet:  Jeannie from
Jeannie loves seeing the Ballard Designs catalog in the mail box. Don’t we all? But like most of us, she finds the prices a little on the high side.   The Deux Ribbon Linen Drapes were featured in the Ballard Designs catalog last Spring with an $89 per panel price tag. Ouch!
Jeannie had just finished painting her dining room (and adjoining living room) Universal Khaki by Sherwin Williams but her current curtain panels were so similar in color, they needed something to help them ‘show off’.
Inspired by the Ballard Designs panels, Jeannie created her own DIY version.
Start by laying out your curtain panel.

Ballard’s bottom stripe is placed high, but Jeannie chose her placement for a very important reason.  She placed no-sew tape right above the hem line on the bottom of the curtain (if you look real close you can see the thread line) and ironed it down.

Next, take masking tape (frog tape would also work) and tape right above the no-sew tape.  Tip: Leave a 2″ overhang of tape on each side so the panel is essentially taped to the table.  This will make working much easier because it won’t be shifting.

Now, lay another strip of no-sew tape above the masking tape and carefully iron it down (try not to run the iron directly over the masking tape).  Next, pull up the masking tape. Use the same piece (it should still be sticky) and place it above the second strip of no-sew tape.  Give the first two strips a quick ironing once the masking tape is out of the way to make sure they are attached securely.  From there, the third strip of no-sew can be ironed down above the tape.

Once the tape is removed and placed above the third strip of no-sew, the final stripe can be ironed down (Jeannie chose four stripes using 1″ black satiny ribbon).  The possibilities are endless – quantities of stripes, ribbon color and size of ribbon.  You can customize your colors and quantities as you wish.

Here comes the fun part!  Concentrate on one stripe at a time.  Pull the paper backing from the no-sew tape and lay the ribbon over the translucent tape residue.  It is really easy to eyeball whether or not it is straight.  Just run the iron along the strip of ribbon while concentrating on a few inches at a time.  Continue with all four ribbon stripes (or how ever many you choose).

I left a 1″ overhang of ribbon on each side of the curtain.  When all of the stripes on the front are ironed down and secure, flip the panel over and use a small tab of no-sew on the back to give it a nice finished look.

Jeannie ins in about an hour!



These panels are no longer sold at Ballard Designs, so all the more reason to DIY!

Jeannie, thank you so much for sharing your super easy tutorial. The curtains look awesome! What a great idea to create some interest and pattern on otherwise plain panels. I love it!

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