Look at this fabric:
Now, look at this one:
Which one is real linen? It's hard to tell, isn't it? The second is the non-linen, which I used for drapery panels in the Family Room. My original plan was to go with burlap drapes, which I had seen in a Ballard Designs catalog, something like these
But, my daughter broke out with a rash when she touched it, so that was a no go. I searched the internet for alternatives, because I really just wanted a plain, neutral colored fabric, with no pattern on it. Muslin was recommended for drapes, but it was a bit too lightweight for me.
I browsed through the utility fabric section at Joann's one day and discovered Osnaburg (I think that's what it's called). It's a Roc Ion fabric, and it only costs $3.99/yard. This was perfect! It had the textured look of linen, the neutral color I was looking for, and with my coupon that week I only had to pay (wait a minute while I get out my calculator...) $2.40/yard. When you need to purchase 15 yards, this is a great deal!
These panels were easy to make. Because I hate cutting fabric, as mentioned in my Easy Drapery Panels post, I made each panel as wide as the fabric so I only had to cut it the length that I needed. I sewed a small hem down the side of each panel, made a rod pocket at the top, and then used stitch witchery (actually my mom did this part for me) to make the hem.
I love that the sunlight comes in through the fabric, they hang nicely, the wind blows them just right when the windows are open, and they are the simple drapes I wanted.
You don't have to spend a lot of money on fabric. Be creative and utilize other fabrics to get what you want while being a frugal, yet tasteful, decorator.
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