Natural and Thrifty in 365: #304 Use Tablecloths as Window Treatments

When you are updating your home decor buying new drapes can be a draining experience (for your bank account).  Sewing drapes is an option but you still have to buy the fabric and put in the labor.

Another option to spruce up your windows is to use tablecloths as drapery panels.  They come in a variety of colors and prints.  They’re already hemmed, and they are intended to be washed regularly.  Better yet, buy a tablecloth that is too long so you can hem the bottom and use the excess for some matching throw pillows.

Photo courtesy of Strictly Simple Style.

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  1. This is an interesting idea, especially if you like the prints on the table cloths than on the drapes. Thanks for sharing this tip!

  2. Why stop at draperies? A 60″ x 144″ tablecloth is 4 yards of 60″ wide fabric and generally they’re stain resistant. You can even get 90″ wide tablecloths online at sites that sell tablecloths, chair covers and sashes for wedding receptions and parties. For example, one site has 90″ square crinkle taffeta tablecloths in 20 colors for $9.49. Sew two coordinating colors together and you have a reversible queen size duvet!Buy some of the rectangular tablecloths to make shams, bedskirts and matching curtains. ALL WASHABLE! Some of these sites also sell 54″ x 10 yard bolts for $35. There are lots of other fabrics besides the crinkle taffeta too. Organza, pintuck taffeta, pinwheel, damask, faux dupioni, even animal prints!

  3. Another good option for home decorating projects is quilt backing. It’s generally 100″ to 110″ wide, so you get the equivalent of 2 yards of 54″ fabric, but seamless! It’s 100% cotton, washable and sturdy. You can get it on sale for as little as $10 a yard. Buy 2 1/2 yards of one color, 2 1/2 yards of another color, sew them together and you have a king size reversible duvet cover for $50!

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