* window redo

Posted on April 17th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

My first attempt at using fabric and starch on a window was a little rough.  Here’s take two, which worked much better.  Modifications: lighter weight fabric with less stretch (a $2.99/yard lightweight cotton from Joanns), a geometric design for easy even cutting, and a lighter starch solution in a baking pan for easier soaking.  The result definitely looks better and lets in more light, and they went up super quick.


The design is a little too small to make a big impact, but up close it looks great.


ETA: thanks to a commenter for reminding me to talk about removing the previous pieces of fabric.  This was really easy.  I scratched up one corner and pulled the whole thing off in one piece.  The starch rinsed right out of the fabric.  There was a film of starch left on the window, but it came off easily with water and a damp sponge.  I found the scratchy side of the sponge was useful for removing the bigger patches, which would then wipe right off with the spongy side.  A last spritz with window cleaner and they looked good as new.

8 Responses to “window redo”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Could talk a little about how the removal process went for attempt #1? This is the part that worries me as a renter and the part that is always glossed over when the starch + fabric treatment is discussed.

  2. Miho Says:

    I really love the clean lines and contrast.

    The small pattern is very delightful!

  3. Stephanie Says:

    I found you via All Buttoned Up. I had to comment because I got the idea of using spray starch and fabric for a window treatment from her over a year ago, went out and bought fabric and still have yet to actually put the fabric on the window, but when I saw that she had posted an update and mentioned you, I clicked over to your blog post and noticed that I picked out the exact same fabric at Joann’s as you did!

  4. Emma Angel Says:

    Wow! What a great idea, thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics Says:

    Found you initially thru Technorati. Read your initial blog regarding your first attempt w/the heavier fabric,and while I like the look of the original fabric better, I can see how the lighting on your second attempt meets your satisfaction more. This is a great idea to share w/our customers at http://www.jofabrics.com. They are always looking for new ideas, and with our selection of novelty prints, this one could be quite fun! Thanks for the sharing.

  6. Cindy Says:

    I want to cover a glass insert on a panel door to a storage cabinet with fabric so you can’t see what is stored inside. What is the ratio of starch and water for application? Does the fabric need to be soaked? How long does it take to dry? What kind of tools do you need to apply/spread it on and smooth it out? Need instructions! Never done anything like this before and not very good at crafts.

  7. carla Says:

    I feel like I must’ve done something wrong or had the wrong kind of fabric. Mine worked great until I noticed that they all fell off within a few hours. I used a voile fabric to let a lot of light through but maybe it’s too soft to respond to the spray starch? Was using spray starch.

    Anybody else had this problem?

  8. Dee Says:

    I found this cornstarch recipe/mixture in the site that lead me here. Hope it helps. ~~~

    I made the paste, which is just regular cornstarch and water. I used two tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup of water, and then added it to 2 cups of boiling water. This forms a sort of thin, misty, perverse-looking jelly.


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