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Store-bought Custom Curtains

Alice Fakier, an HGTV Design Star finalist, shows an easy way to customize store-bought curtains.

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Alice's Tips:

- When shopping for a panel, look for something that has a lining on the back. It will insulate your room and create a uniform look from the outside of your house.
- When selecting trim, consider your options. For a formal look, select tassel trim. For a simple look, select a flat braid. For a fun look, select a tassel or a ball fringe.
- For a wow look, attach your trim down the leading edge of the panel. The leading edge is the inside part of the drape that you handle to open and close it.
- Hot glue can sag through the years. Use fabric glue instead. It will dry clear and be easier to handle.
- Children love bead trim. Try layering a pretty ribbon over the top edge of a beaded trim to really dress up plain curtains in a girl’s room. It'll look very princess-like.

Materials and Tools:

velvet drape (Pottery Barn)
fabric glue (Hobby Lobby)
hardware (Levolor silver rod and finials - Home Depot)
trim scissors

Steps:

1. Measure your window from top to bottom to determine the length of curtains you’ll need to buy. A standard panel is 84 inches.

2. Once you’ve bought your curtains, purchase coordinating trim.

3. Lay your curtain flat and measure your trim along the bottom edge.

4. Cut your trim, leaving a little extra room on both sides.

5. You’re going to glue your trim along the bottom stitch of the panel. Doing this will hide the seam and leave a nice background for your trim.

6. Glue the trim in sections, pressing firmly as you go.

7. For a clean edge, tuck the trim to the back of the panel and glue.

8. Let the glue dry flat for 24 hours before you hang.

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