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MONDAY MAKEOVER – The EASY as PIE Cornice/Pelmet Tutorial REVISITED!!!

                                                             HAPPY MONDAY!

HERE we are once again, another week begins 
and I am embarking on another DIY journey.
To make something beautiful, simple and most importantly…fast!

Back by POPULAR Demand!!!
The supplies you will need this time are easy..
1. Fabric

and I am particularly fond of this 
collection of prints and colors…

I have the Dwell Studio for Target Bedding…
and you might remember that I recovered my Bedroom chair in 
another Dwell Studio Print.

2.Foam Core Board
the kind your kids use for school projects

they come 3 in  a pack for about 8-$10. You will need 2 per Cornice
 so, that means… you will need 2 packs total.
(can you tell I have been helping with Math homework?)

  • 3. Packing Tape
  • 4. scissors, 
  • 5. a box cutter
  • 6. and batting to line the Cornice.
  • 7. Normally this would be staple gun, BUT
  • I could not find my staple gun so I ended up using Packing Tape for the whole thing!

Talk about EASY!

Okay here we go again…
First, measure your window width and then add 9″, and this is why. You will need 3 1/2″ on either side to be the SIDES and one extra inch on either side to set the Cornice out from the window frame. (You will need to adjust YOUR personal measurements if you want your Cornice Shallower or narrower or wider. 
     Now, Take your board, (I just used the exact size of the board 20″ x 30″ (NO cutting!) and I cut the second board so that the EQUALED the measured length I needed. 
After you get the right combined length, tape the two pieces together, back and front. 

NEXT….on one side of your board, which will be the FRONT, measure out 3 1/2″ on all sides, draw a line, and cut with your mat knife, BUT only a cut half way through, you are going to bend this to make your BOX.

 …when you get to the corners, you will have a little box, and the LOWER part, the LINE Part that is on the sides (Parallel with the floor) , you are going to CUT all the way through until you reach the side line, because when you fold that down and tuck it into the side, it will make your BOX!

Lay your batting down on the FRONT Face of the Cornice. This is where I discovered that
I did not know where my staple gun was and took a break and ran to the grocery store and got packing tape.
I taped the edge down on the bottom and on the top to hold the batting in place

 I had also discovered that I did not have enough fabric to cover the WHOLE piece so I pieced together a coordinating DWELL STUDIO Fabric, and created a lining.

 I then sewed this fabric together …

I love how this lining peeks out of the bottom 
I taped the fabric to the board…

 …I put the curtain rod, which held the Bedroom curtains inside the top of the Cornice…
 Okay…are you ready for the REVEAL???

 lets just go ahead and take a Bedroom tour…First I had to make the bed!
on my “to do” list is to make a cushion and upholster this bench. 

Pillows made by me, Amy Butler Home Decor Fabric…

…another project completed…only about a Million more to go…
I am contemplating upholstering this headboard for one….
and the beat goes on…

I am wondering…
Do you have any fun projects lined up?
What do you have on your windows?
Curtains? or blinds?
Cornices or Valences?

21 thoughts on “MONDAY MAKEOVER – The EASY as PIE Cornice/Pelmet Tutorial REVISITED!!!

  1. Thanks so much for this detailed tutorial. The results are gorgeous! I will definitely use it.

    We are currently searching for an old country-ish home (you can see the two we’ve looked at thus far on my blog). Yours is beautiful!

    Visiting from Tip Junkie. Following you now. 🙂

  2. I’ve been looking for a simple way to make a cornice – this looks perfect and I’m going to Target tomorrow for my supplies! I already have my material and have been looking and looking for ideas but all seemed more complicated than necessary. Thanks!

  3. Absolutely LOVE these! Just wanted to let you know I featured these on my blog today, in an article about the many different types and techniques of “no-sew” window treatments.


  4. Thank you! Did these today for my little boy’s nursery! (his crib is dangerously close to the windows, so no drapes allowed.) These really spruce up the windows!

  5. Oh my goodness I’m drooling over the chair in this room. Can you source it for me? Is it Dwell fabric?
    I’m loving that our styles are so similar and we both have very old homes.

  6. This is a great step by step tutorial! Can’t wait to give it a try this weekend. Question – what keeps the box from falling down? It looks like its just resting on the curtain rod. Did you do something more to keep it in place?

  7. I love this tutorial and I added a link to it at my new blog, 60 Pounds of Pancakes. I’ve made this three times! It’s easy to follow and great for us who are sewing machine challenged! Thanks!

  8. Thanks for the help with the Valance! I’m excited to try it! Also I don’t know where the staple gun went off to in our move so this makes your tutorial even better! Is the yellow rosette pillow on the bed use Amy Butler Fabric or did you make each rosette? I’ve wanted to have this pillow for a while because it matches me bedroom!

  9. I’m in the middle of making this per your instructions and just have one question… My window width is 36″ across. So I measured 45 ” across foam board (to equal the 9 additional inches you recommended). Then drew a 3 1/2 inch border around all sides. Then I draw another line on the two sides an inch inside (towards side edge) OR outside (towards center) the 3 1/2 inch line already drawn? Just trying to make sure before I proceed. Thank you so much, this is such a great idea.

  10. Did you glue the rod down or does it stay on your own. I’m actually getting ready to do this for my daughters room and I’m looking for the safest most secure way of doing it.

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