Simple Ring Top Window Panels
November 26, 2012
Hello everyone and happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! I ventured out into the stores on Saturday and it was complete madness so I quickly retreated back home to pull out some Christmas decor and also continue working on my daughter’s room which is a slow makeover in progress.
In this space, we’re taking it one wall at a time. This past weekend I stitched up some simple ring top window panels for her and also reupholstered the windows seat bench.
The geometric fabrics on the window panels and on the reupholstered bench I designed. I colorized them with her chosen shade of lavender and printed them at Spoonflower. The cool brushstrokes pattern in lavender and green is a Waverly print I used to make into an accent pillow.
The scene is more colorful in person – the afternoon light doesn’t show the colors like in the image above, but they all play so well together.
Sewing ring top panels is pretty simple. If you can sew a straight line you can make these!
The way I do it is to measure the length of fabric I’ll need, factoring in the height for the rings, and allowing an extra inch on the bottom and top for a hem. I typically line curtain panels with inexpensive fabric liner for two reasons, one the panels appear plain white when viewed from the outside window and two, it helps the panel drape better by giving it more weight. You can usually find fabric liner for $4 to $6 a yard.
I like the basic wood window panel sets you can buy at Lowe’s – I’ve used the Allen + Roth brand a few times. I buy the rings, brackets, rod and finial since they all go together, then cut the rod to fit the length of my window.
I don’t care to see the clips that come with the set so I sew each ring to each panel by hand with a needle and thread. It’s not shown above but each ring has a small metal eye hook screwed into the wood, and that’s what I attach to the fabric.
The clips certainly make hanging easier so if you don’t looking at them you can skip this step. Another trick is to cut a small opening on the backside of your panel for the clip about ½” below the top seam.
I like how the rings look when they’re attached by ring instead of by clip – it’s a cleaner look to me.
I always hang the curtains up without sewing the bottom hem, pin the bottom and then sew the hem as a foolproof way to get the length just right. I like them to drape an extra ½ inch instead of the fabric just “kissing” the floor but that’s a personal preference.
I’m hoping we can get this room finished in the next few months – my girl has asked for bunk beds and I had them as a kid and loved them so I’m on the hunt for some affordable white versions. I’m also working on a few other textiles prints including several botanical repeats … will share more patterns in the near future!