Make a Fabric-Covered Cornice and Lined Window Panels

Add softness to a window cornice with long drapery panels held in place by metal clips. Here are step-by-step instructions for both window treatments.


Lined Window Panels

Materials and Tools:

measuring tape


1. To make the lined, flat panels, cut the lining the same length as the fabric and four inches narrower. Fold the bottom edge of the fabric over two inches, and then four inches to make a hem. Stitch the hem in place, leaving six inches unsewn at both ends. On the lining, turn up a double two-inch hem along the bottom edge and stitch the entire length of the hem in place.

2. Lay the fabric and the lining down with right sides facing and the lining hem 1-1/2 inch above the fabric hem and centered so there are two inches of fabric showing on each side (the lining will extend past the top of the drapery panel by 1-1/2 inch).

3. Pin the sides together and sew the side seams in place, stopping about two inches short of the lining hem. Turn the panel right side out and center the lining on the drapery panel. Press the side edges flat.

4. To make a mitered fold at the corners, mark the point where the fold of the side edge and the fold of the hem meet with a pin and open the fabric. Fold the fabric diagonally across the corner so the pin is exactly on the edge of the fold, and the top and side of the flap are parallel to the bottom and side of the curtain. To refold the hems, crease along the fold and turn in the side hem, followed by the base hem. Slip-stitch the edges of the miter together and along the unstitched part of the hem. Pull the lining down over the drapery hem and slip-stitch down the side and along the bottom edge for about one inch.

5. To make the header, cut the excess lining, and then fold over the fabric and the lining together to the height required for the finished drapery panel. Stitch along the fold and the panel is complete.

Fabric-Covered Cornice


1x6 pine lumber
box nails
luan plywood
flexible piece of wood
220-grit sandpaper
tack cloth or rag
quilt batting
staple gun


1. Cut two side pieces to the same length and one top piece of 1x6 lumber to create a U-shaped structure. Place the top piece on top of the sides and nail them together.

2. Cut a piece of luan to fit over the frame. To draw a gentle curve along the bottom edge, lightly tap two nails into your workbench where you want the curve to start and end, and then place a flexible piece of wood between the nails. Bend it as desired; trace the line, and then use a jigsaw to cut it out. Sand the edges smooth and remove the dust with a tack cloth or damp rag. Attach the luan panel to the frame using box nails and a hammer.

3. To upholster the cornice, lay it face down on a piece of quilt batting, and then fold and staple the batting all around the cornice. Repeat the process, wrapping the cornice with the chosen fabric.

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