Window Panels

Clearly at Totally Vintage Design we love to paint, but our creativity doesn’t end there.  Recently I had a little crafty home decor moment making panels for the windows in my family room. Follow along to see what I did and get some inspiration for your next project.

To kick things off you’ll need to gather a few tools and supplies:  scissors, Stitch Witchery, an iron, and your material. I know you’re excited to begin, but please refrain from running with the scissors.


No, I’m not left-handed using right-handed scissors, but I take better pics right-handed!

I chose a fabric from one of my favorite stores, I wanted something that matched my wall color but also brought more color to the room.  I bought 3.5 yards and then cut off approx 3/4 yard (to use for couch pillows). Then I cut the material in half (to make the two panels, one on each side of the window.)

I wanted panels to frame my windows without blocking them out completely so I chose a narrow pane. You could certainly use more material to cover the full width of the window so the neighbors can’t watch you doing your Jazzercise routines every evening (is Jazzercise still a thing?)

First I ironed the material to get out most of the wrinkles (OK, first I dug out the iron, but then I ironed the material). Then I ironed an approximately 1 inch crease all the way around the outer edge of each panel to give it a nice finished edge.


No ironing board required!


Much faster than sewing…

IMG_3589[1]Working with the Stitch Witchery tape is really easy (insert “so easy a caveman/husband could do it” joke here), much more so than fighting with a sewing machine. Simply tear the tape into the lengths that you need, but don’t go nuts and try to do the whole 5 feet at once, it can become unwieldy. I generally try to work with 3-6 inch strips to keep it manageable.

IMG_3590[1]Make sure you get the tape to lay flat in the crease of the material for the best adhesion. When I have a large crease I move the tape further from the crease and toward the edge of the fold to get better coverage and stick-to-it-ive-ness.

IMG_3587[1]And now for the most time consuming part: dragging that hot iron across the seams. You’ll notice I have the iron on the highest heat setting, gotta get that glue in the tape to melt. Obviously, the iron setting depends on your fabric, too, I’m using a heavy fabric, so I cranked it up and took my time slowly going over the crease over and over. Once that tape bonds, I let it cool down a bit before hanging it.

To hang my new panels I mounted a few small brackets on the wall above the window. I hung the panels from small rods using rings that have the clips on them; clipping the rings to the panels. Tah-Dah! Super simple, and a great new look!

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