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These DIY Pom Pom Trimmed Drapes make our breakfast area so cheerful! They were made from four tablecloths and were super easy on the budget. Check out how they came together below.
I've been over in my parents' town a lot lately. Their Walmart seems to have a much better selection of Pioneer Woman goodies than ours. When I ran across these Pioneer Woman aqua buffalo check tablecloths, I went weak in the knees. I knew immediately I wanted to make them into drapery panels for our breakfast room. I loved the drop cloth ones that were in here previously, but the way they puddled on the floor, meant they attracted alllllll the dog hair. All. Of. It.
So, we were ready for some ch-ch-ch-changes in this space.
I tend to make drapes on the fly, y'all. A few months after we married, we moved to the Texas panhandle for my husband to take on his first principalship. As a new bride, I felt the need to prove my domesticity to all mankind and invite the entire staff over for dinner the week before the school year started. Because hosting several dozen people in our home seemed like no biggie, right? And of course, we had just moved in. I had two bedrooms still jam packed with boxes, but the rest of the house was *somewhat* presentable. I figured I could pull it off. The one thing I, (for some ridiculous reason), decided to do at the last minute? Living room drapes. They became a weird priority to me that day and it was all I could think about. I literally threw something together and had instant drapes happening by the time people started pouring in.
One teacher commented on how much she liked the window treatments. I was giving her a simple nod and thank you to not let on how hastily I had thrown those up, when my husband hollers from across the room, "she must have put those up right before the party...they weren't up when I came home for lunch!" I about died, y'all. There went my newlywed housewife of the year status.
Honestly, we all had a good laugh about it, but *someone* had a lil' talkin' to, later, about how we don't tell people about our on-the-fly-decorating (that may or may not have been hot glued in place).
A couple of weeks ago, I showed you my newly painted kitchen table and chairs (see that post here). The day I did the photos for this table, I felt the table looked a bit sad against my previous dog-hair laden, drop cloth window treatments. Y'all, once again I threw some drapes together in an afternoon. This time, thankfully, no hot glue was involved and they were pretty legit. I already had everything on hand and had been planning to make these for a bit, it just suddenly became urgent (or, at least it did in my head). I'm really happy with how these came out...the pom pom trim is probably my favorite part.
Plus, they were a great excuse to buy some coordinating Pioneer Woman placemats (but, do we ever really need an excuse for that?).
The tablecloths themselves were fairly thin for drapes, so I lined them with white tablecloths I grabbed on Amazon for less than $9 a piece (click here to grab the same ones). I figured grabbing white tablecloths in the same dimensions as the patterned tablecloths was a bit easier (and less expensive) than purchasing fabric for the lining and cutting it down to size.
Oh, and I did find these same Pioneer Woman tablecloths on Amazon, too, in case your Walmart doesn't carry them. Click here to grab them for yourself (fair warning...they're a lot cheaper in Walmart, though).
And, what I like to refer to as the pièce de résistance to these drapes...the pom pom trim! It just adds that special touch, no? It's a nice way to finish off the edges, too. I grabbed my pom pom trim here on Amazon.
Be sure to wash, dry, and iron both tablecloth sets before sewing!
I do prefer a 96" drape, but that's total preference. I like drapes to hang from ceiling to floor, with a super slight puddle (less than usual since these are for sliding doors, where we're constantly walking and tracking dirt in and out). I do a larger puddle on a drape if it's just a standard window and not a slider. Since I don't have tall ceilings in this home, 96" panels work perfectly.
So, I trimmed the bottoms of all four tablecloths to achieve my traditional 96" panels (they were 60" x120" tablecloths to begin with). I allowed for a 1/2" seam allowance. If you decide to make these, just trim according to your own ceiling height.
This is honestly the first time I have lined drapes that I made...but I plan to do it on the other sliders from the sunroom, too, since so much light gets in. I was chatting with my cousin-in-law, Mindy, about the best way to line these things. Mindy has a lot more sewing experience than I do, so I was super happy she could explain it to me. The trick here was to leave the bottom "open" or not sewn shut (unlike the other three sides that do get sewn shut). It allows the drapes to hang nicely and makes these easier to sew. I use window clips on the tops of my drapery panels instead of rod pockets. I prefer this because it allows for them to slide open and closed easier (and we open and close these all the time).
Since the width of these was equal on each tablecloth, no trimming needed there (just on the length, as I mentioned above). I just cut my pom pom trim to the length of each panel. I only used the trim on the inside "opening" of my curtain panels, so it would be seen well when the curtains are open. You can totally trim both sides, if you prefer. You'll put your tablecloth's right sides together and have the pom pom trim in between the tablecloths on one of the long sides of the tablecloths. (facing inward...it will be bumpy). Pin everything in place.
Sew the "sandwich" of tablecloth-pom pom trim-tablecloth together with just a basic stitch. I started with this side of each panel since it was the thickest. Then sew up the top and other side of the panel (it's still all inside out at this point). Remember to keep your bottom open with no sewing. Then repeat everything on the other panel, moving your trim on to the other side. Once you've sewn all three sides on each panel, turn it right side out and press. Try to get a crisp press on that pom pom side so the pom poms really "pop" out!
I just think they're really happy drapes!
The lining has truly made all the difference in the world here. Our bedroom is on the opposite end of the sunroom. Even with our bedroom drapes closed and the breakfast room drapes closed at night...I could still see shadows from the small lamp I leave on in the kitchen at night. It creeped me out and made me worry I would see an actual figure over there in the middle of the night (I watch way too much Investigation Discovery channel, y'all). Lining these drapes has prevented those crazy shadows from haunting me every night!
I think the drapes work really well with my table and chairs, too!
Tablecloths for the win, y'all...in one hasty afternoon.