Last year, I made some burlap panels for my living room and dining room. Inspired by The Nester's striped curtains, I pieced together two shades of inexpensive burlap to make my panels.
Inspiration from The Nester:
And just a last month I saw another pair of similar smocked drapes in our local symphony Show Home.
KariAnne's source no longer has the smocked jute panels in stock, but they do have NON-smocked jute panels:
And NON-jute smocked panels:
Here's what else I've drummed up...
Selections from Ballard Designs:
(A) Essential Panel; (B) Fringed Panel
You can click on the photos see buying info.
Jute smocked panel:
(Warning: this is not for the faint of heart at $225 per panel! But oh so pretty!)
Luxe linen panel:
I used the $3.99 a yard economy burlap (plus a half off coupon!) from JoAnn to make my panels, which is not the same stuff used for most of the commercial drapes. Theirs usually have a tighter weave and a lighter weight. When looking for burlap fabrics or doing an internet search, "jute" or "linen" may also yield good results. Just promise me you will not buy 84" curtain panels! I am proposing a consumer revolt against this standard manufactured length. These are just TOO SHORT! I would go at least 90" for 8-foot ceilings, and even 96" or 108", especially if your ceilings are 9' or higher. They will look so much better hung high and sitting lightly on the floor or even puddled at the bottom.
If you buy yourself some new burlap panels, especially a smocked version, I'd love to hear about it, since I'm going to
NOTE: I have not seen, touched, or bought any of these curtains in person and therefore am not offering an endorsement of any particular product or company. These are just inspirations and ideas for your own research. Post includes affiliate links.