How to Make Your Own Fabric Cornices


If you are looking to update a room in your house, window treatments can make a huge impact. However, we want our rooms to be light and airy. Gone are our grandmothers' heavy draperies that make a room dark and drab. Window-toppers add a splash of color without covering over the window, allowing as much light as possible to enter in. This article will discuss how to make a fabric cornice and you don't even need a sewing machine!

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Fabric
  • 4-inch thick foam
  • 2 no-tool mounting screws
  • Drill
  • Electric kitchen knife

Measuring and cutting the foam

  • Start by measuring the width of the window. Measure to the outside edge of the window molding, if any exists, and add 1 inch. Measure from the top of the window to a length of 5 inches below the top as well.

  • Using the electric kitchen knife, cut the foam according to your window measurements. Next, cut a vertical slit into the back of the length of the foam approximately 2 inches from each end, as well as a horizontal slit at each end of the vertical slit approximately 3 inches in length. Do not cut clear through the foam. Only cut to a depth of one-and-a-half inch.

  • Next lay the fabric out on a flat surface and place the foam face down on top. Measure and cut the fabric, adding 6 inches at all edges. If you are using fabric with a pattern, be sure to center your design before cutting.

  • Fold the top and bottom of the fabric over the back of the foam and tuck it inside the horizontal slit. Then fold and tuck the ends of the fabric into the two slits on each end of the foam. Pin the fabric into place with the sewing pins.

  • Drill holes and attach the mounting screws into the wall, leaving them sticking out about 3 inches from the wall at the outside the edge of the window. Hang the cornice by pressing the horizontal slit onto the long screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because this is a no-sew project, you can change the fabric for the different seasons. If you have wide windows, place another long screw at the top center of the window so that your cornice will not sag in the middle.

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