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Transform the look of your dining room with something as simple as curtains

In life….there are few established facts on which we can all agree.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Your mother is always right and….

….every dining room needs a pair of smocked burlap curtains.

I know….right?

I use this burlap runner regularly in the dining room

I first posted about these burlap curtains when I started the blog.

I loved them then and I love them now.

They are well-made and thick and extra heavy and the smocking is amazing and I want to wrap myself in them like Scarlett….

….and head out on the town.

But never, never, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of questions I would get about the curtains.

These smocked burlap questions had SO many questions from you, my readers

“Where did you get them?”

“Can I buy them?”

“What store sells them?”

Again and again and again and again.

And the answer is always the same….

….”You can’t.”


The store that sells them no longer carries them and I have looked and looked and looked for another alternative with absolutely no success.

This gorgeous complete tablescape with the burlap runner matches the curtains

And then I had a brilliant idea….

….what if I DIY’d them.

I mean….seriously…..I make other things like mirrors from compacts and wreaths from picture frames and letters from pallets……

….how hard could smocking burlap be?

So I started with hand-smocking.  I began with smocking a stocking.  It wasn’t really that hard….but the smocking looked a little uneven and a little handmade and it didn’t even resemble the smocking on the curtains.

And then I found this….

….which I am crossing all 10 fingers and toes and hoping is the answer to all my smocking issues.

Smocking tape.

Here are the supplies you'll need to make your own smocked burlap curtains

Have you ever used it?

I’ve ordered some and bought rolls of burlap and I put together a collection of supplies to make the curtains just in case we all want to go on a smocking burlap journey together.

After all….my mother bought the curtains for me and inspired the dining room…..and then later she suggested I make my own.

And if there’s one thing I know for certain……

…..my mother is always right. 🙂

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  1. Image for Lisa Lisa

    "There's one in every crowd...and it's usually me." OK. It's not really a saying, it's a song... and well... OK. It's not about curtains either BUT I DID hand smock two pairs of burlap drapes. They turned out really well. Friends and neighbors raved. I donated them to Goodwill. "I just don't like burlap for our drapes." However, I'm all over doing a smocked shower curtain...from linen. Maybe with a few burlap rosettes.

  2. Image for judy judy

    Oh how I wish, that the "brilliant" ideas that came to you, would come to me too. In all my fifty some years, it never entered my mind to make burlap curtains like yours, but I am sure glad it entered your mind, and I get to see the finished product. Brilliant!!!

  3. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    Perhaps I've been out of circulation too long I haven't noticed the smocking tape. I've made lots of window treatments but I've never smocked ( can you make that into a verb?) Looking forward to seeing the wonderful results :-)

  4. Image for Penny Penny

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, they would look great in my 1836 yr old farm house kitchen. Cafe style with maybe roosters stensiled along the hem. You got my mind reeling. Thank You.

  5. Image for Lori Lori

    I do love your smocked burlap drapes. Actually, I think your dining room is just about perfect and I don't say that lightly. The smocking tape is a typical European drapery notion. I will be curious to see what you think of it...

  6. Image for Kim o. Kim o.

    Am I missing something. Clicked on those links, half the stuff is not available, and is there a tutorial? Would like to know how to go about making those beautiful drapes?

    1. Image for Thistle Thistle

      Kim, I apologize for the links that were sold out. :( I went in and fixed them! Then I found another link to smocking tape with free shipping from the UK: http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-76mm-wide-Contract-Smocked-Pleat-Curtain-Header-Tape-Free-UK-1st-Class-P-P-/200936371790?pt=UK_Crafts_Sewing_Supplies_MJ&var=&hash=item2ec8bdb64e I haven't posted a tutorial yet...I'm still working on them....but fingers crossed they are looking amazing. Thanks! karianne

  7. Image for gina gina

    I actually bought a pair of smocked drapes because I loved yours. Wish they were burlap. They are a silky jacquard type. But they were smocked! They only had one pair. I bought them anyway because- they were smocked!

  8. Image for Nan, Odessa DE Nan, Odessa DE

    Love the drapes in your room - not for me! Give us some info on the roll up, inexpensive blinds. I have a south facing sun porch and need help with roll ups to be used in the summer only! I want my view other seasons. Thanks!

  9. Image for Lynda Brandly Lynda Brandly

    I love your smocked curtains! Such a fun contrast between rustic and formal. I hope your DIY version turns out just as beautiful! love and blessings~ Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  10. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    Well I am going to be a negative one here...... the idea of handling burlap makes me scared. If you are going to smock, fringe or sew it...... better not have any allergies or close to anything like breathing problems. I worked for a few years at Hancock Fabrics on Roswell Rd in Atlanta (I was in charge of the Draper & Upholstery Dept) and after a point, I had to ask one of the other workers to cut it for me...... cause if I did, I would suffer the rest of the day. I love the look, just can't take the fibers that fly all over the place......

  11. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    P. S. I have often considered trying it again one day..... thinking maybe I could spray both sides of it with Aqua Net.. (do they still make it) and never have tried it YET.

  12. Image for Patty Patty

    When you are finished, please post the tutorial. Do you think the smocking could be done on drop cloth curtains?

  13. Image for ZoeAnn ZoeAnn

    karianne- I LOVE the drapes! However, the only time I have attempted to work with burlap, I made a table cover- it was gorgeous but the burlap sheds everywhere! I ended up taking it off. Are there different types of burlap?

  14. Image for ColleenwithJustPaintIt ColleenwithJustPaintIt

    I'm sorry, KariAnne, you lost me at "Scarlett". At the reference I immediately envisioned Carol Burnett, wearing the drapes AND drapery pole. Please tell me you've seen that episode! At any rate, my mind saw a darling blonde gal, swathed in burlap, sashaying down a grand staircase. Earrings and red lipstick included. ;)

    1. Image for Shannon M. Shannon M.

      Me too!!! It was one of her best!!! My sister wants to recreate the look for Halloween!!! I crack up just thinking about it!!!! Thanks for the memory!!

    2. Image for Ann C Ann C

      Glad to hear not everyone loves burlap. Any I have found had a distinctive smell that I couldn't handle. Like the look, not the smell. Plus it really doesn't go with my style. I have seen the smoking tape used for little girls dresses. Good luck with the drapes!

  15. Image for cindy cindy

    I recently bought some smocked drapes from Linen Source. The smocking is beautiful and the fabric is light weight. They come in white, cream and brown I believe.

  16. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    Oh my sometimes I read your posts, as well as all the other talented people here, and think maybe I am in the wrong place. You all make things sound so easy! I am not a DIY person.. but man you give me great ideas to send to m friend Martha.. I mean Janet. She will love this! I loved loved the quote about Scarlett and her curtains. I love the book and movie Gone With The Wind so much I can quote it. But I also thought of Carol Burnett's skit from this movie as well. I can just picture you Karianne walking in all your glory too! Thanks for s making me smile and for sharing all your collections too! I love the quote signs!

  17. Image for Kathie Kathie

    I am not sure that binding will work. It is for gathering for pleats . Smocking is staggered . It will still involve sewing all the little tucks I think. I think that one of the sewing machines does it maybe a s e r g e r

  18. Image for Kara Kara

    I have been hunting for a way to DIY these gorgeous smocked curtains. I plan to try linen instead of burlap. The smocking technique I found is called honeycomb smocking. Its done by hand. Here is an awesome link with step by step pics. Doesnt seem to look overwhelming. http://katafalk.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/honeycomb-smocking-tutorial Love your posts:) Love Kentucky :)

  19. Image for ECKDesign ECKDesign

    For those that don't want to make, I found these....not burlap but very close with natural jute. http://www.elizabethsembellishments.com/Jute-Khaki-Smocked-Curtains.html?gclid=CJ_ryu7r97wCFahj7AodZkYAkQ. Thanks for the tut Kara! :)

  20. Image for Debbie @Dewdrop Gables Debbie @Dewdrop Gables

    I've never seen smocking tape, now I'll be keeping an eye out for it because I'd love to try this! We have a bare patio screen door that needs treatments, and it's quite large so this might be just the ticket. I'll be waiting on your tutorial, I'll need all the help I can get! Debbie :)

  21. Image for Lynn Lynn

    Diana from our vintage home love most recent blog posting is of her own DIY'd burlap smocked curtains. I believe she has a link to how she did it herself. They turned out beautifully. It looks rather labor intensive (a needle & thread are not my friend!), but it looks like if you have patience & a good amount of time, it certainly can be done!

  22. Image for Lisa at celebrate-creativity Lisa at celebrate-creativity

    Hi Karianne, I've always loved those pretty curtains in your dining room. I had no idea they were burlap. Now that you mentioned it in this post, I can see the lovely grain. Years ago, I thought I wanted to take up smocking but never did. I'll have to dig up those early books and study the technique again. Looking forward to reading more on your upcoming project. Have a great week, Lisa

  23. Image for Melissa Morehouse Melissa Morehouse

    Hi KariAnne- I was standing in line at PotteryBarn today and looked over and couldn't believe my eyes. There was a lady returning a pair of Smocked Drapes in a burlap color and I immediately thought of you! I'm sure your homemade ones are much better, but couldn't wait to tell you :). -Melissa

  24. Image for TerriLynn TerriLynn

    I see such beauty in those KariAnne, to me they don't even look like burlap with finished product and hung.. They make me feel warm and cozy and to me are so regal!! I love them!! My talents aren't in sewing but if they were, I would LOVE TO MAKE THESE!!. especially re-doing our library/office/guest room/ like I am.. sniffles.. but alas!.. you should make enough to sell! LOL I'd buy them!! ok my first time posting, but long time reader, the only blog I read! hope this works.. TY again KariAnne. for your whimsical, sharing ,caring spirit! Sincerely~ TerriLynn

  25. Image for Kathy Schermerhorn Kathy Schermerhorn

    Here's a news flash! I FOUND smocked curtains made out of burlap. You can buy them at Shop The Tree House in Wimberley, Texas. Or contact Susan Evans (sweet, gorgeous woman) at shopthetreehouse.com. I saw them hanging and they are just like yours, KariAnne! You're welcome.

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