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From: pucktricks
Date: 04-26-2004, 04:23 PM (1 of 6)
HELP!!!! I bought some cloth to do a curtain for my master bedroom window using an idea I saw in Sew News (I think), it was the sheer panel that was cut with a leaf trim added at the bottom using different colored sheers.
But, here's the problem. The more I look at my window and think about it the more I think it is way too wide for this idea. My window is 108 inches wide by 70 inches tall. I can't think of any idea that really work for this width and depth. I think I have enough cloth, but I can't find any poles that are wide enough, so whatever I do will probably have to be some kind of swag.
I don't know what to do, it's so frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!
So, any suggestions at all would be welcome, because right now I have several yards of a pretty cream sheer sitting in my room with no clue what I'm going to do with it.

Ticia, who is rather frustrated and wishes her window was about 2 feet smaller.
User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
From: paroper
Date: 04-27-2004, 11:24 AM (2 of 6)
I have 120 inches of window in my living room...I have draw drape sheers over them and have had gathered sheers over them also. My mom through the years, has also purchased several sets of stock drapes from various catalogs, Sears, Penney's, etc. Don't give up. It will be expensive, but I know that you can make or buy something to go over them. I do have swags over my sheers that are mounted on a 2X4 base...but that was my choice. I did have to modify the swag pattern because of the width. I know that I could have done something else had I wished.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: shirleyp
Date: 04-27-2004, 12:21 PM (3 of 6)
Here is a sight with all kinds of window treatments. Maybe one of the patterns will give you an idea.

Have you tried looking for doweling at your hardware store or lumber yard. I have used it on one of my large windows.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
From: pucktricks
Date: 04-27-2004, 06:08 PM (4 of 6)
I hadn't thought of dowelling, but that's a good idea. If I can find something long enough to hang it, I really do want to try that idea I saw. Oh well, now I'll be off to the hardware store.:cool:
User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-28-2004, 06:03 PM (5 of 6)
You may need to add a hook type support or two for added support in the middle.. My drapery rods came with that as part of their hardware, because it is a triple picture window..:bg: :bg:
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: beach girl
Date: 04-28-2004, 09:16 PM (6 of 6)
I have 2 windows in my sewing room. One is large & other is huge. I couldn't find a drapery rod long enough for the huge one. What we did was buy a piece of electrical conduit , that is metal & then got a can of rubberized spray ( white ) to cover the metal. My DH made the end supports to lay the rod in. You can also buy them. For the ends of the metal rod we bought round wooden craft pieces & he drilled a hole in each to fit the ends of the rod in. We got those from Jo Ann's in the craft dept. We also put a hook brace in the center to help support the rod. A dowel wouldn't work for our large window as they weren't strong enough plus don't come that long. Maybe this will help you or someone else. Sure solved my problem. For my windows he made scalloped cornice boards & I made cafe type curtains for 3/4 down on the bottom of the windows. Have verticals under those for complete privacy at night. Works & looks great. Theresa
User: beach girl
Member since: 11-08-2003
Total posts: 72
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