Plaid Window Topper With Pelmet
Make a complicated-looking topper that's actually fairly simple to sew.
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Materials and Tools:
1" x 4" board
1. To make the flat center section, cut out two identical panels (one fabric and one lining) in the desired shape (the featured topper has two scallops — with extra at the top to attach it to the board. Make the panel large enough to wrap around the sides of the boards as well. Pin the pieces together with right sides facing and sew them together, leaving an opening at the top to turn it right side out. Iron it flat after turning and machine stitch the opening closed. Staple the panel to the board.
2. Jabots are basically rectangles with an angled lower edge and Shari Hiller suggests using a pattern as they are a little more difficult to create on your own. Be sure when measuring that the shortest end will fit appropriately over the front scalloped panel. Once pleated and pressed in place, staple each jabot to the board over the top of the front panel.
3. The pelmet is slightly bell shaped when it's flat. Cut the fabric and lining and sew them with right sides together, leaving an opening at the top. Fold the pelmet in half lengthwise with the fabric on the outside. Hand-stitch the sides together to make a tube, and then press it flat so the hand-sewn seam is centered. Staple the pelmet over the center of the front panel.
Geometric shapes give this easy-to-build bookcase a modern and funky look.