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DIY window treatments

Nov. 18, 2009, 3:10 p.m.

Photo: trekkyandy/Flickr

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What you'll need

Tools

• Tape measure

• Fabric scissors

• Iron

• Needle and thread

• Small saw

• Hammer and nails

Materials (measure window height and width before buying)

• Old bedsheet or a large piece of fabric ($15 to $75 per window, depending on whether you go with cheap remnants or choose an organic or natural textile)

• 7 bamboo garden stakes or wooden dowels (about $7 total), each about 1/4 inches in diameter and at least 6 inches wider than your window, or cut to size at the hardware store

• Ribbon that matches or complements the fabric