Cheery Cherry Kitchen Cornice
Here's a fun inexpensive no-sew makeover for any window in your home. Simply glue batting and fabric to cornice sections cut from foam sheets. How versatile!
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Sheets, 36" x 12" x 1", two
- Cotton print fabrics, 45" wide, 2 yds. each: pillow
- panel (8" tall motif); coordinating small print
- Unbleached muslin, 90" wide, 3/4 yd.
- Quilt batting, crib size or 45" wide, 1-5/8 yds.
- Iron-on adhesive: 17" x 1-5/8 yds.;
- 3/8" and 7/8" wide, one package each
- Grosgrain ribbon to match fabrics, 3-1/8 yds. each:
- color A, 3/8" and 7/8" widths; color B, 3/8"
- Floral supplies: t-pins, six;
- wooden picks with wires removed, 3" long, 35
- Angle brackets with screws, 5", two
- 1. Wash and dry fabrics without fabric softener; press.
- 2. Refer to cutting layout to draw cornice sections onto onefoam sheet; label sections. Wax serrated knife with candlestub or paraffin. Cut sections from foam.
- 3. Use glue gun to glue three floral picks, equally spaced,halfway into short end of one TOP. Apply foam glue to foamedge around picks. Use glue gun to glue protruding pick endsinto short end of remaining TOP, so sections fit tightlytogether. Finished cornice top should measure 5" x 38".
- 4. Refer to Fig. 1 to join sides to top. Use glue gun to gluethree picks into each short end of cornice top, leaving 3/4"pick end protruding from foam. Apply foam glue to foam edge.Use glue gun to apply glue to protruding pick ends. Pressupper 5" edges of ENDS flush with cornice top as shown. Top ofcornice should measure 5" x 40".
- 5. Repeat Step 3 to join FRONT to remaining foam sheet alongone 12" edge. Refer to Fig. 2; picks are indicated by shortblack lines. Finished cornice front should measure 12" x 40".
- 6. Use glue gun to glue remaining picks halfway into frontedge of top/sides assembly, spacing picks about 3" apart.Apply foam glue to foam edge around picks. Gently presscornice front onto pick tips. Using glue gun, spot glue foamedges between picks. Quickly and firmly press cornice frontflush with cornice top/sides assembly. Let dry completely.
- 7. Cut one 23" x 57" rectangle from batting. Center cornicefront on batting. Smooth batting over outside of cornice,allowing excess to overlap bottom and back edges (wherecornice will rest against wall). Pin batting to outside ofcornice to secure. Wrap batting smoothly around cornice edgesto inside, trimming and mitering corners as needed. Pin tosecure. Trim excess batting, allowing 1-1/2" overlap insideeach edge. Use glue gun to secure batting to inside ofcornice. Let dry completely. Remove pins.
- 8. Cut one 23-1/2" x 57-1/2" rectangle from muslin. RepeatStep 7, gluing muslin over batting.
- 9. Cut one each from small-print fabric for cornice lining:5-1/2" x 60" (inside top and sides); 11-1/2" x 39" (insidefront). Press 1/2" hem in both short and one long edge of 60"fabric piece. With fabric right side out, pin long hemmed edgeinside cornice, 3/4" from back open edge. Use glue gun to gluefabric to inside of muslin-covered cornice. Remove pins.Smooth lining with hands. Press 1/2" hem in all sides of frontlining piece. Use glue gun to glue fabric, right side out, toinside cornice front, covering raw edge of top/side lining.
- 10. Cut vertical row of panels from pillow panel fabric. Usingphoto as guide, center fabric over cornice front and sides;pin to secure. Cut two fabric strips for top and bottomborders if needed, each approximately 3" x 56". Pin borders tofront and sides of cornice.
- 11. Cut ribbon lengths to fit and position as desired alongtop and bottom panel and cornice edges, hiding raw fabricedges, and around panel motifs. Pin to secure. Note: Modelpictured uses wide green ribbon, narrow green ribbon, andnarrow red ribbon to complement fabrics. For upper and lowerpanel borders, center narrow ribbon over wide ribbon as shown.
- 12. When pleased with arrangement, carefully transfer fabricpieces and ribbon to work surface. Following manufacturer'sinstructions, apply iron-on adhesive to wrong side of fabricand ribbon lengths. Beginning with panel, remove paper backingfrom fabric and iron on to cornice. Trim excess length andspot glue to back edge of cornice. Repeat for borders and ribbon lengths.
- 13. Follow manufacturer's instructions to attach brackets totop back edges of cornice.
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