Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

October 1, 2015

DIY Tweed Back Tab Curtains for the Bedroom

After listening to me ramble on about tweed, let me just show you the new bedroom curtains!
(Spoiler alert: they're tweed!):
Green tweed curtains
Dapp Peacock Tweed Fabric

With my new wide angle lens, you can see our glass sliding closet doors and the new green curtains!  Learning to handle my DSLR and wide angle lens is still a slow process, but I love that I can show you so much more of a room in one photo!  (Ignore the blank canvases - a DIY art project I'm currently working on).  

White bedroom with green accents
White glass sliding closet doors
Bold black welded headboard

I was quite smitten with the last set of DIY back tab curtains my Mom and I made but, after I switched around the vintage Hungarian posters, the teal pattern no longer worked in the room. 

Teal patterned curtains, DIY

This green tweed is utterly perfect - the exact shade of green I wanted, shot with aqua.  When we moved to the lakehouse, I was on a mission to add more colour but I've realized that colour + pattern aren't necessarily what I want.  I think that colour + texture or a low contrast pattern (and smaller doses of pattern), look best in the space.  Then our beautiful artwork can take centre stage.

Vintage posters as art
Green tweed back tab curtains
Chocolate brown dressers
Bedroom with midcentury modern look

The fabric I chose is called Dapp Peacock and I purchased it from U-Fab, before they dropped their e-commerce site (you can still order by phone/email).

I'm so impressed by the sheen and weight of this fabric; it has a luxurious feel.  The tweed relaxed a bit after we hung them up so they break a bit more than planned.  We might re-hem them, but I'm waiting to see if the fabric relaxes more. 

Green silk pillows
Orange paisley print pillow
Green and aqua tweed fabric
West German Pottery
Green bedroom curtains

Head over to Hello Yellow for the how-to, including some tips for working with this tweed - which was a bit trickier than the outdoor fabric we used for the last set of drapes.

I still have a bolt of the same tweed in aqua, calling my name from where it's propped up in the corner of my office.  I hope my Mom and I can carve out some time soon(ishly) to whip up some turquoise tweed curtains for the office, which will create a really nice cohesiveness and flow between the two bedrooms.


  1. ooooh i love these! they feel much more mature and swanky!

    1. Thanks! Swanky is such a good way to describe them! I was hoping for a more mature feel - the posters are fun, but also have an elegant feel to them. They weren't designed to be campy, they were meant to feel artful and fun at the time.

  2. That is absolutely gorgeous fabric!

    1. Thanks Dana!! I'm so thrilled with it. Sometimes a fabric looks nice in a small swatch but then from a distance it reads like a totally different colour, but this fabric is just what I wanted and looks good from every angle. I'm really excited for the aqua curtains next...

  3. I literally swooned over the curtains AND the dressers in this room! I love it all!!!!

    1. Thanks!! I'm loving this space now. Before it was kind of a jumble of leftover furniture and I think the patterned drapes really dominated. Now it feels really pulled together, but not too matchy-matchy. I have a few more finishing touches, but then I think I can move on. Goodness knows I have quite a few unfinished spaces left, lol.

  4. Well, if you need a home for the old turquoise ones I guess I could take them off your hands, but only if you insist. lol

    1. They will definitely be homeless once they get the boot (again) from the office.

    2. Poor turquoise curtains, kicked to the curb yet again. What did they ever do to you? lol


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