How-To Make a Window Treatment Using a Tablecloth

by Diane Henkler on 03/21/2010

Here are what the windows in my bedroom look like: Pretty plain and boring.

Tablecloth made into curtains
I didn’t want to spend a lot on these windows and went searching for something to make a valance for the panels that would not break the bank.   I found 2 white oval cloths at the store where I work for $1.99 a piece.

How to Make A Window Treatment Using a Tablecloth

1 oval tablecloths
Ribbon to match cloth
2 cup hooks or nails
Measuring tape

1. Measure up from outer corner of window 5″ and then over away from the window – 2″.  Place nail in wall at this mark.  Repeat on other side.

How to measure a window for curtains



2. Lay tablecloth on table or bed.  Start accordion folding it lengthwise until the whole cloth is folded.



3.  Tie ribbon onto each side about 12″ from each end.



What is great about using an oval tablecloth besides the already finished edges is that when you accordion fold the cloth lengthwise and hang it, the sides softly drape without too much fussing.


Tablecloth window valance

4.  Hook the ribbon onto each nail.  Make sure sides fall to the side of the window at equal length.  Adjust if necessary.  Gently pull down center and arrange folds with hands until you get evenly placed folds across the window.


Sunny and Bright

Fresh Air - Fresh Look for Spring!



The colors I use in my bedroom. 

I also mix the colors white and beige along with silver and gold tones in every room.  I have found that if I purposely do this with these elements everything looks coordinated and never outdated.   Silver/nickel finishes are “in” right now,  gold tones “out”.   I don’t want to remove some favorite objects they may be in a gold tone.   I may have off-white trim, but have white tiles or use gold toned candlesticks with silverware.  I don’t want to have to repaint my beige molding because I added white curtains.  I make these basics work together by placing the color or finishes around the room so the eye registers the balance and they becomes part of the decorating scheme.  

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle @ Sweet Something March 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm

That brings back memories…my mother use to use such treatments!! Great job!


2 shaunna March 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Very beautiful and airy…and simple! Thanks for sharing! -shaunna :)


3 Bridget March 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I LOVE that valance! Will definitely be trying that in my bedroom this spring.


4 Annabelle March 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

That’s a great window treatment!


5 Amy March 22, 2010 at 1:31 am

Wow! That is so pretty, I’m going to try this! Thanks for sharing.


6 March 22, 2010 at 6:06 am

Thanks for giving us the ‘feel of Spring’, feels great! – Nicky (qwiksave)


7 Patricia March 22, 2010 at 6:27 am

I would never have thought of using a tablecloth like that. What a great idea. And how lucky you were to get two identical ones. I can’t wait to see the rest of your tips.


8 Danielle March 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

You’re amazing! I really appreciate your tutorials…you are helping us all to look like Martha Stewart!! xoxo


9 erin@tinytwistcreative March 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

Looks gorgeous, love the picture of the wind blowing through the window in the first picture. It feels like a perfect spring day.


10 Beverly @ The Buzz March 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

I love how soft and feminine the window looks now. Wish I could open my windows, but it’s raining and only 36 degrees here. Maybe tomorrow….


11 Nancy Hamilton March 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I have my windows open right now! Please enter me in your giveaway…


12 Cat March 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Very nicely done!


13 Beach Vintage March 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I love this simply clean look. Thanks for sharing.


14 One Cheap B*tch March 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

This looks so dreamy! I would love to fall asleep in your bedroom for sure! Coming over from Met Monday – new follower!


15 Rebekah W March 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I love this idea!


16 Alison March 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Love this – looks so fresh!


17 March 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

This book looks very interesting. Maybe just what the procrastinator ordered :)


18 Kelley March 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm

so so cute! I love the white and that you did it with a tablecloth is amazing.


19 Vanessa @ The 31 Lady June 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Genius! I might have to steal this idea!


20 LuLu October 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I have made no-sew curtains from cream, gold, and brown plaid table cloths purchased from Wally World. for my breakfast area. I used a curtain rod, and cafe hooks. Then to tie my kitchen into the area, I bought a round table cloth, cut it in half, and used ribbon to make the end pleats, I put it up above my kitchen sink window with clear push pins. They are gorgeous, and I receive many compliments on them.


21 Em January 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

This is definatly my FAV post! I am so going to do it!!! If only I could find some oval table cloths:(…


22 Laury Richardson April 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I am IN LOVE with your site!!!! So many thrifty projects. I did post the new-sew ottoman to pinterest so I will remember where the tutorial is! Love, love, love….


23 Hazel Byrne December 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Great Idea, they look fab! going to try it in my bedroom.What size tablecloths did you use?


24 Diane Henkler December 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Hi Hazel – I made them such a long time ago – before blogging so I don’t have the packaging or remember. When I wrote that post, I had taken them down to clean. :) They were small oval cloths. 60 x 80 ? You can make them with any size cloth. The look will vary by the width of the window. It will change how much cascades down each side. Smaller cloths won’t have long cascading sides.


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