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Embellishing Plain Curtain Panels with Greek Key Fabric Tape or Trim

You’d have to be blind to not notice all the Greek key popping up in home decor lately. A quick google shopping search found these lovely items:

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Greek Key Dhurrie Rug from Shades of Light starting at $79
Uttermost Greek Key lamp $249
Uttermost Greek Key lamp $249
Trina Turk Lime Greek Key Embroidered Pillow from Rosenberry Rooms $110
Trina Turk Lime Greek Key Embroidered Pillow from Rosenberry Rooms $110
Classic Greek Key Sheet Set from William Sonoma $359
Classic Greek Key Sheet Set from William Sonoma $359

 

I decided it was time to add Greek key to our house but I wanted something a little more economical, so in came our cheap plain curtains. I bought these curtain from Jcpenny’s years ago. They’re cream colored 95 in grommet top panels. I like them but after we installed the white wood blinds in the window I noticed that the curtain really began to fade into the walls. I decided to add some Greek Key trim to update the panels and give them a little more weight in the room. I decided on the Greek Key Jacquard Ribbon (60mm)┬áin Denim Blue and Ivory from M&J Trimming. At 9.98/yd this wasn’t the most economical choice of trim but I loved the colors (they have 28 of them), I loved how wide it was, and I scored free shipping. I needed 5 yards to do two panels, but I figured that $50 was still less than buying new panels. If you are looking for something more economical though check your local fabric store. I found some pretty nice trim at Joann’s starting at $1.99 a yard.

 

60 mm Greek Key Jacquard Ribbon trim in Denim Blue and Ivory.
60 mm Greek Key Jacquard Ribbon trim in Denim Blue and Ivory.

Materials:

  1. Plain curtain panels
  2. trim or ribbon
  3. stitch witchery ( I used the extra heavy made for trim)
  4. Iron
  5. Damp cloth

 

First, iron your panels if you havn’t done so already. Next, lay the panel out on a ironing board right side up. Roll it the stitch witchery where you want to add the trim. I added two row of the stitch witchery since my trim was so wide.

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Now, place the trim on top of the stitch witchery where you want it to remain. Place a damp cloth over the trim and place an iron set on its hottest setting on top. Leave the iron in place for 10 seconds making sure not to move it. Continue placing the iron on top of the trim until you reach the end of your panel. Once I got to the end of my panel I wrapped the trim around the bottom and secured it to the back side with more stitch witchery to give it a clean finish.

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Finally, flip the panel over and re-steam the back of the trim with the iron and damp cloth the same way you did the front. And Voila! You’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

Stitch witchery is a no sew option for embellishing plain curtain panels with trim or ribbon.
Stitch witchery is a no sew option for embellishing plain curtain panels with trim or ribbon.

I love how just a little bit of trim adds so much more weight to the curtain and the denim blue picks up on the blue accent wall that is perpendicular to this seating area. And since Greek key is all the rage right now I feel like it updates the space a little as well.