Thursday, September 20, 2012

Box-pleated header, and more.....

  Finally.  The last shade in the Paris Interiors collection.

Right off the bat you could see that the vertical ribbon can be run sideways as a border.  So we split the fabric in half and pieced one row onto the bottom. 

Since you can see the wrong side of the tails, we contrast lined with a blue silk.  I don't much like pillowcased sides, so I experimented with sewing in a teeny little blue silk flange, on the sides as well as the bottom.  

The beautiful solid glass beads were kind of heavy for the fabric, and the tape was sort of dull, so I sewed the trim tape halfway into the bottom seam with the little flange behind it.

The box-pleat header idea was irresistible.  Since the dotted ribbon is printed crookedly, the blue band came out all wonky, which I just loved. 

I imagine it's not to everyone's taste, but it suits me perfectly.

The header is stapled to the 3/4" board face, then the blue welt is stapled over that. 

The tricky part is stapling the shade, upside down, with tacking strip up against the welt.  

Then the shade is flipped down revealing a beautiful finished top.


  1. This is a really nice original blind, and I love it! but I do have to say that, in my opinion, the only thing that spoils it is that the 'dotty' bit on the header does not run in a straight line....

  2. It's funny, I've gotten many opinions about that header- some people LOVE that the dot part doesn't run straight, and other people HATE that. Personally, I love it--- well, obviously; if it drove me crazy I wouldn't have gone ahead and made it......

  3. I LOVE IT!! They look like individual little flower pots with the flowers all lined up across the top!!
    I love this shade.

    1. Thank you! that's exactly how it looks to me, too- little flower pots!
      I really had fun with this shade.