Duvet to Window Panels
July 29, 2013
A week ago, I spent some time working on my friend’s in progress dining room, the same one where we installed the tongue & groove wall treatment a month ago. It started with a shopping trip to World Market last week where I discovered the Sonoma Floral Ikat Duvet and thought, oh hello gorgeous fabric, you’d be perfect as curtains in the space!
I’ve always believed a fantastic fabric can be a jumping off point for an entire room’s design, so this duvet has been reinvented into window panels to do just that.
World Market has a similar window panel but the background is brown. I loved the smoky gray background on this duvet with its touches of plum, cranberry, and mustard yellow – perfect for this dining room we’re filling with mixed wood finishes, warm metallics, and more plum accents.
A duvet is 88 inches wide so you get extra fullness compared to most conventional fabrics by the yard. To line the backs of the new panels I used two flat cotton sheets from Walmart for $11 each – less expensive than two lengths of liner per panel and the exact same width as the duvet.
With this project, your only limitation is height. This duvet was 92” long, but I did add 2 ½ inches to the top and bottom with a plum linen border fabric so the panels ended up at 97” in height. Here’s the step-by-step for turning a duvet into window panels!
Trim your duvet with scissors or with a seamripper so that you have two full lengths of fabric.
Lay your sheet on the backside of the fabric to form the lining and pin together. If you’re not adding a band and are only using the duvet fabric, hem the sides down the length of your new panel and repeat for the bottom curtain hem, attaching the sheet to the fabric to form the liner.
You can fold over the top and form a simple rod pocket like so and be done.
If you’d like to add extra banding to the edges, here’s what I did. I bought 3 yards of dark plum linen fabric, and cut it lengthwise down the middle in 8 even long strips.
To form the band that wraps around the edges, use an iron to press ½” of the edges inward, join the edges together and press with your iron down the middle to get a long crisp band of fabric folded together. Forgot to take a picture, hence the funky diagram.
Sew the band to the edge of the fabric, making sure the back and front stay even as you sew – it gives your window panel a nice colorful edge!
For the corners, I wrapped the bottom band around the edge of the side band to form a square edge and then stitched it together and across the bottom of the window panel.
I hung these curtains with rings, but you can create a rod pocket for the top with the banding if you keep the sides open like this (be sure to tuck in the raw edge of the band).
I’m crazy about this fabric and its rich jewel tones on a gray backdrop. Gorgeous!
Great fabrics found in one form can often be reinvented into something else, curtains into slipcovers, napkins into pillows, clothing into home accents, the list goes on. This $89 duvet plus two $11 sheets and $12 in plum linen fabric transformed into two colorful window panels for a dining room. (I saw the duvet is on sale right now for $45!)
More to come on this space in August – we’re painting above the tongue and groove paneling a smoky gray and filling it with all the things a dining room needs, including a table, chairs, rug, light fixture, and sideboard in plenty of time for fall entertaining, stay tuned!