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Scalloped header panels
Scalloped header panels

Hey everyone,  been awhile since I had class on how to do something.  I just installed this window treatment today and thought you might want to know the secrets behind it!  For this particular application, the panels are assymetrical and the rod butts right into the wall.  I wanted the  focus to be on the stonework and fireplace in the center of the wall.  We put tassel trim down the leading edge of the sheers to give it more drama as well as wrapping the sheers behind and around the outer panel.                                              

I made the pattern from 5″ buckram and determined the spacing and pleat sizes ahead of time.  With the right side of the drapery fabric facing up, and the right side of the lining facing down, I then layed the pattern on top and cut out my scallops.  Note that I made a facing of drapery fabric and attached it to the lining.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pattern for cutting out scallops       sewing top header

Turn inside out and press.  Under normal circumstances, you want to cut the corners and clip the curves before turning to the right side.  I did not do this however as the fabric was an upholstery weight and loved to fray at the edge.  It was also supple enough that when turned to the right side, there was no puckering at curve lines or a distorted curve. I also used a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Once this was done, the side hems were then turned over and sewn and the flat section at the top of the panel was folded in half and tacked at the back.  This formed my pleat and the rings were then sewn to the back of the pleat.  Do exactly the same with the sheers but instead of using lining on the back, just make a 6″ self facing turned over.


  hand sew rings to paneldressed panel

There you have it!  Happy sewing!  If you have any questions, feel free to post them under comments and I will help you out!