Tip # 1: Carry your couch pillow with you in a bag to get the perfect color that you are looking for.
That is what I did! And, guess what? Nothing that I could afford gave me the look that I wanted. I was trying to avoid making my own drapes because of the time it would take me. But, when I had no luck, I went to the fabric store. The store was having a 50% off sale on their decorator fabrics, and I found the perfect color! But, I figured I needed about 11 yards or so of fabric and even at $10 per yard, that was going to be over $110! So, I decided, to try to cut costs even more, I would go to SAS, our discount fabric warehouse and see if I could get lucky finding the same color that I had fallen in love with at the regular fabric store. Jackpot! I found the same color drapery fabric in the clearance section of the SAS for $3.99 per yard! Plus, one spool of the perfect match of thread. After tax, the cost of my drapes came to just under $50!
Sewing your own drapes really isn't very difficult. It is all straight stitching. I think that the most difficult part is just the length and volume of fabric. It took me 3 days (a few hours per day) to finish these. I did one side each day for 2 days and then the hem on the third day. It was time well spent for me! Now I have money left over to spend on other parts of my house. Let me know if you think you will give this a try!