Monday, April 4, 2016

A Clever New Baby / Pregnancy Announcement ...

Why not give the new grandparents a cuddle blanket to use when holding their precious new  grand baby....  This is a new Drape Studio fabric design that I thought would be a terrific and unexpected way to announce a new baby or pregnancy to the new grandparents - it's filled with endearing grandparent names lik nana, popo pop, pops, gammy....  Can you just see their faces when they open a gift with a blanket that has grandma and grandpa written all over it ?!..... Sooooo cute!

Fabric by the yard for your DIY blanket project is in our Drape Studio shop on Spoonflower
Grandparents fleece throw blanket is on our main site
Available with grandfather only or grandmother only text

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Some fun nautical DIY design ideas with our Drape Studio fabric in our Spoonflower shop - Anchor Stripes fabric collection:

Decorative throw pillow on our main site


Fun and colorful design element in any room - super fun beach home decor idea!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

 Perfect fir bedskirt

Our Perfect Fit Bed Skirt ... you can make it too!
Gentle gathers perfect fit bedskirt side panel

... from store bought to custom...

Budget conscious design ideas that are simple and add a BIG punch to your design ideas.

Here we'll detail how you can make a custom bed skirt that actually will fit the length of your bed perfectly!

What you'll need:

  • Velcro - to fit each side panel and end panel of your bedskirtnote:  standard sides mesure 80"; standard end (bottom of bed) measures are:  Twin - 38; F/Q 60; K-78. 
  • 1 Flat bed sheet - cut 8" strips to measure length of side panels (2 @ 8"x80") and 1  for he end panel ( bottom) @ 8" x Twin, F/Q or King).
  • One 45/50 x 84 curtain panel for each side and end;  the pictures shown here are a sheer curtain panel with a diamond design.  Chose your favorite pattern. 
  • sewing machine - this is a beginner level project if you are familiar with sewing on velcro.  It can get tricky since there isn't much room to sew the velcro to the fabric.  Use the zipper foot to get as close as possible and Heavy duty needle to sew through tough strip onto fabric.
Steps for gentle gathers perfect fit bed skirt:
  • Cut each of your top header from each of the curtain panels you've purchased
  • sew raw edges together to make one long piece about 24 x 160(or longer depending on what you are left with after you've cut the topper).  Make sure that bottoms are even. You should have a nice finished end on this piece since the curtain was hemmed on the bottom and sides already - nice!
  • Lay your piece of long fabric on a surface and Cut the top hem to leave a raw edge - this is where you will sew the piece with the velcro. Sew along top about 1" below raw edge in order to gather the fabric - see your machine's instructions if you need help with this.
  • gather fabric to the desired lengh:  80"  for sides and T F/O or K size for bottom;  put aside for now
  • take one of the 8" strips and fold the top 1" then another 1" and sew - if you have a serger then simply serge  this step/ no folding.
  • take the velcro and pin to strip about 1" below where you sewed in the previous step
  • sew the velcro to the strip.  Repeat for the remaining strips
  • Place dec fabric right side up on table;  place 8" strip with raw edges meeting on top of dec fabric with velcro strip facing up - once sewn together , the 8" strip will fold up and the velcro strip will be facing the wrong side of the dec fabric -this will allow you to place the bed skirt with velcro facing and attachin to base cover.
  • Repeat for each bed skirt panel 
  • email me for help with this project at:   or visit our site and let us do the work for you

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

All a Board...Budget Conscious Design Ideas

...from Store Bought to Custom...

Volume 1, Issue 1
January 2008

Budget Conscious Design Ideas...from Store Bought to Custom……..

Love the custom look but can’t afford the price tag? Fret no more. I have some terrific ideas to help you create that “Custom Designer” look on a “Store Bought

Above: Store bought valance on 1x4 board
All a Board…
Sewing skill: None to Minimal
Materials: * 1x4 Board(s) cut to size. As a rule of thumb, we extend the boards at least 2” past the window edge or molding on each side. * Angle Brackets
Tools: Staple Gun, Screw driver

As most of you know, a “High End” Custom Valance, in most cases, is fabricated by hand and is specifically designed to be mounted on board that is measured to fit a specific window size. Fabrics and trim are especially chosen to match a client’s individual home décor and the window treatment is usually a “One of a Kind” piece.

How do WE get this “Custom Designer” look? WE go shopping to our favorite store for a valance that we LOVE. Pick a valance that 1) coordinates with your home’s décor; 2) has some embellishments such as trim or cording. The valance in the above Master bedroom, for example, has beautiful designer looking tassel trim and has a scalloped bottom; 3) measures at least 5.5” wider on each side than your window edge/molding so that you can staple the treatment to the front and 2 sides of the 1x4 board.

As an option, we recommend that you purchase some white or off white lining which we’ll use to wrap the 1x4 board. This step really makes a difference only if the board will be visible from any angle (bottom, top or side). FYI: all custom window treatment boards are wrapped in lining.

Creating the Board Mounted Valance…

  1. Measure and cut your 1x4 board - extend the board at least 2” past the window’s edge or molding on each side. How wide you make the board is strictly up to you and will depend on how wide your purchased valance is. If you plan to hang drapery panels underneath the valance, we suggest cutting the 1x4 boards wider in order to give your windows a “Fuller” look without covering too much of the actual window.

  2. Cover your 1x4 board with drapery lining—this step is optional. Lay the lining on a flat surface placing your 1x4 board on top of the lining. Next, cut enough of the lining to wrap the 1x4 board. You do not need to cover.the sides of the board. Simply fold over and using your staple gun, staple the lining to the board. Think of it as wrapping a present using staples instead of tape to hold the wrapping together.

  3. Staple valance to 1x4 board...Lay your board down and place your valance on the board so that only about 2” of the top of the valance is laying on the board. Center your valance on the board and put the first staple in the center. Then gently pull the valance and staple down the right side then on the left side. Don’t forget to staple the valance around the sides of the board as well. NOTE: if your valance is too wide, you can do one of the following: a) put one or a couple of pleats in the valance to shorten it before you staple it to the board; b) cut the valance on one or both sides depending on the design of the valance. We recommend sewing the sides or using no sew seam tape.

  4. Install the 1x4 Board: Use angle irons for 1x4 board (can be purchased at any hardware store or Home Improvement store).
    Installing window treatment — install angle brackets to the wall. Place valance on top of angle brackets and install treatment to angle brackets.

    Determine Placement – it’s a good idea to have someone place & hold the treatment up for you so you can determine the exact placement of the treatment. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to place the treatment about 5-6” above the frame of the window.
    Mark Placement – make a small line with a pencil on the wall underneath the bottom of the board once you’ve decided where to place your treatment. Make sure to check your placement marks with a level to make certain your treatment will be level once installed.
    Install Angle Brackets – install the angle brackets to the wallaccording to manufacturer's instructions .
    Install Angle Brackets to Valance – place valance on top of brackets you’ve installed into the wall and attach brackets to treatment.

    By: Erika B. Moorman,
    Owner, Drape Studio

We, at , hope this article will inspire you and help you create some of your own “Custom” like window treatments. Email us at with your window treatment design questions and don’t forget to visit our website for more window treatment design ideas.

At Drape Studio, we are passionate about our work and committed to providing you, our customers, with superior service. From beautiful drapes and valances to charming accent pillows, we’ll help you create the designer room of your dreams, without the designer price tag.

With Warmest Regards,
Drape Studio

Sew in Style

Jacksonville, FL