February 21, 2013

How To... Banded Cornice and Panels

Yes finally I found the time to write this tutorial!  I guess just like the process of making them, it took some time, but in the end it really was a simple process... if I had only made them once and not twice, ha!  So is the step by step, as best as I can explain it.  Hopefully it is helpful!

Step 1
{all pics were taken on the first go around}'
We used 1/2 ply wood for to make the cornice.  It was the lightest we could find, and since they were going to be over 7' long, I wanted them to be light.
a.  Draw out your cornice per the measurements of the window and to the specs of how you want it built.  Since I was not cutting or there when things were purchased I made a cut list and a items list for the hubs.
b.  Measure the length a make sure it is level.  Ask little ones for help.
c.  Mark "for reals".
d. Snap a chalk line for straight cut with a circular saw.

Step 2
a.  Cut the sides and supports for the corners.  Since the wood was so thin {to keep it light} we needed to add some meat to screw it all together.  
b.  We used 1x2's in the corners, and screwed them into the front face of the cornice
c. level with the edges
d. example

Step 3
Attach the sides.  I wanted them to have a low profile, so I had made them 3" off the wall.  In hindsight I would have done maybe 4 1/2" or 5" just so the panels had a little room to breath.

Step 4
To hang the cornice on the wall we decided to use L brackets on the wall screwed into studs, and a cleat attached to the cornice.  Since the sides were 3" we used a 1x3 as a cleat.  Screwed in from the face of the cornice.

Step 5
The fabric for the cornice was super simple to make.  I found this fabric on the clearance tables at my local fabric discount store.  It was in folds of 2-3 yards, but I found 7 of them.  So in order to get all of the panels I needed, and the cover the size of my cornice boards I had to divide the cornices into 3 panels.  I wanted the orange band to be 3 1/2" thick so I cut the band out and then sewed them to the individual beige panels.  Then I sewed the 3 panels together to create one large piece.  Sew all of the seams flat so they lay flat on the cornice.  When you attach the fabric to the work cornice {I just wrapped the fabric with no batting.  I wanted the cleanest slimmest look as possible} measure the banding all the way down as you staple to make sure the band is even.

Step 6
On to the Panels.  I started with the sides.  Since my fabric was already cut to the length that was close to what I needed I didn't mess with the top or bottom first.  
a. To create the side seam I folded the side of the panel over 4 1/2" inches and pressed a seam.
b. Then unfolded the 4 1/2" and folded that back to the fold.  Press new seam.  Sew along the sides.

Step 7
a.  I wanted the band on the panels to match the band on the cornice so I cut out long lengths orange fabric that was 4 1/2" wide.  Then I folded and pressed a 1/2" allowance.
b.  Next I pinned the bands to the very edge of the finished sides.
c.  Sew as close as possible the edge of the band.
d.  Repeat on the other side of the band.

Step 8
Once the sides are done then move to the top.
a.  I used medium weight interfacing to the top and bottom a little more weight.  First cut out a 4" strip of interfacing.  From the top fold and press a seam of 4 1/2".  
b.  Then insert the interfacing and wrap the 1/2" under the interfacing.  Pin and sew seam.
c.  For the panels at the window are non functional so I just made some tabs.
d.  After the tabs were made I attached them to the back of the panels spaced out evenly.
And since they were not going to be seen, I just did a top stitch along the top and the bottom of the tabs.

For the slider I made the panels 3x the width.  So basically, without getting all interior designer on you, I sewed 3 54" wide panels of fabric together to get enough to cover the slider.

Hanging The Panels and Cornices
I am such a bad blogger but I didn't really take any pictures of this!  Things were happening along side this project, and I was working on it in spurts so sometimes I forgot to grab my camera.  But I will try to explain what I did as best as possible.

For the window and the non functioning panels I attached an adjustable rod that you would hang a simple valance with.  I hung it attached to the cornice board because I needed to have space for the panels.  Then for the slider I used a transverse rod and attached the panels with pinch clips that had hooks on them.  This makes the panels flat as they are closed, but to be honest I probably won't be closing them all that much.  Privacy is not an issue, but I do like the balance of the panels on the slider when they are also on the window.

So there you have it.  
My crazy step by step process to my cornice and panel process.  
Feel free to email me with any additional questions.  

Each month I hang what my daughter brings home on the door(s). Then, at the end of each month I take her picture with that month's display and then we take it all down and throw them away, keeping 1 or maybe 2 to go in her memory box.

Some months there is more participation in the picture than in others. 

We make sure to always get the calendar in the shot so we know which month we looking at. 

And some months I forget to remove the dog bowl before taking the picture.

We've got two years worth of pictures so far and it has been really fun to look back at them and see how she's changed and how her art has matured. And best of all, the paper monster is tamed!


Nancy said...

Tiif, this window treatment is fabulous. I love the orange trim! and how it brings your whole room into a finished look so beautifully! Great tutorial. Youre really great at this!
xo Nancy

CRBW said...

I love the colors you chose and how well it went with your wall. The pattern was perfect.

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

They really help to cozy up the space. Such a talented gal!