Silk-Banded Sheer Drapes

By  Chris Malone 

size: 60"x84" panel


  • Purchased ivory sheer panel with rod pocket, 60”x84”
  • Green silk, 2 yds.
  • Ivory flat trim, 1-3/4 yds.


  • Straight pins
  • Pinking shears
  • Seam sealant
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • 1. Cut off 19-1/2" from bottom edge of sheer panel. Cut 24-1/2"x64" (bottom band) and 15-3/4"x64" (top band) strips from silk.
  • 2. For side hem, press and sew a double 1" hem along short ends of both silk strips. For bottom hems, press 1/2" hem along one long edge of both silk strips. Fold over another 3-1/2"; press and sew in place.
  • 3. With right sides of fabric facing, pin unhemmed edge of bottom band to bottom of sheer panel; sew together with 1/2" seam. Press seam downward. To finish seam, cut edge with pinking shears. (Note: If desired, edges may be serged or sewn with zigzag stitch instead.)
  • 4. Apply sealant to one end of ivory trim; let dry. Pin trim to front of panel, covering seam line; fold sealed end to back of panel. Sew trim in place until close to end. Cut remaining end of trim 3/4" longer than seam; apply sealant and let dry. Finish sewing trim in place with end folded to back.
  • 5. Press 1/4" hem along remaining long edge of top band. Pin folded edge of top band to top of sheer panel, matching edges. Stitch together close to top folded edge, sewing through all layers. For rod pocket, stitch again 2" down from first stitched line. Slip rod through pocket and gather fabric to fit.
  • More
  • 1. For a larger window, create a second, matching panel.