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How To Make a Window Treatment Using a Tablecloth

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Here are what the windows in my previous bedroom looked like: Pretty plain and boring window treatment.

Tablecloth made into a window treatment

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.

DIY: Tablecloth Window Treatment

How to Make A Tablecloth Window Treatment

supplies needed:

  • 1 oval tablecloth
  • Ribbon to match cloth
  • 2 cup hooks or nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer

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

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

Window-Valance- tablecloth window treatment


Tablecloth Window Treatment tutorial

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



Steps on how to make a Tablecloth-Window-Valance

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.

Make a window treatment using a valance

DIY Tablecloth window valance

4.  Hook the ribbon onto each nail to hang.  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.

Window Treatment made using a tablecloth

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

  2. 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.