no sew box pleat curtains from a tablecloth
Yes, you read all that right. I’ve have this project in my head for a while. I love no sew options for window treatments, like these and these. Are you ready for the supply list? I used one piece of wood for each panel, one tablecloth (cut in half), a staple gun and a AAA card!
I began by wrapping the cut portion of the fabric around my pre-cut piece of wood. The size of the wood is up to you. Mine pieces are 10 inches long. That means I will have 10 inches of fabric on each side of the window, pleats and all. I made sure my fabric wrapped around the piece of wood and hit the back. This is where the staples would be hidden. I put in one staple to keep it in place and then laid it all out on the floor with the wood under the fabric. Once all the stapling is done the fabric will be wrapped up and over the top of the wood.
I began stapling by creating a fold and securing that to the wood. This way the curtains start with a pleat and not just the edge of the tablecloth. I used the AAA card to get consistent pleats without a ruler. I wrapped the fabric around the card and stapled. Remember, none of this will be seen!
I used the card again to create a fold for the underside of the box pleat. I stapled that down and began the next pleat.
I repeated the process till I reached the edge, which I also turned over to finish the last pleat.
The top looks messy but the area where all the staples are is the area that will be attached to the wall. I then ironed the pleats, concentrating more on the top of the panel than on the bottom.
Once both panels were stapled and ironed I pulled out my favorite 3M strips. I placed four on each wood panel and stapled one side of them into the wood. I then placed the other side of the strip on top and pressed down to secure them. I placed the panels at the very top of the wall, just under the molding and pushed them down a few times.
In less than 45 minutes and for less than $20 my window went from this…