My daughters are both off to college this fall and I wanted to update their window treatments with something less juvenile, but couldn't find anything I could afford with all my college bills! But in the discount store, I found lace table cloths reduced to $3. They were long, 60 by 102 inches so I made Victorian-looking swags out of them.
I bought new ones because I had three windows to do, but I see tons of these at yard sales that would work, especially church sales where they're getting rid of old communion table cloths. It doesn't matter if they have holes or a few stains; you won't see those. Just remember, it has to be pretty long, at least 90 inches to bottom of the average windowsill.
No sewing. Total cost: nine bucks.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
As I was admiring my own work, I thought it might have been nice to "tea stain" the swags. This would be helpful if your table cloth has several stains.
By Cindy from Waynsburg, PA
I love Victorian.You did a great job.The tea dye is a good tip.Thanks for sharing.If your accepting orders,I'll need 1 window please.:-)
Very pretty and feminine. They're going to love
what you've done. I love tea-dyed things, paper
and fabric. So soft and nice.
Thanks for sharing Cindy.
I needed a valance in my bay window. I couldn't find the fabric I wanted and then I came across an old beige tablecloth that was my mother-in-laws and even though there were a few holes, I managed to make my valances and they are beautiful and leave memories too.
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