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Throwback Thursday: How to Make a Mughal-Inspired Window Cornice




Annie has been inspired by Indian design (and fabric—let’s not forget about the fabric) for as long as she can remember. So when she decided to dress up the windows in her newly renovated dream closet, she had a brainstorm: Instead of simply hanging a couple of window panels, why not give the space some architectural oomph and a bit of texture with a vintage-fabric-upholstered, Mughal-inspired window cornice?

The results, as you can see, are pretty spectacular. Want to make your own window cornice? We’re breaking down all the details in this new video. Check your local fabric store for inspiration, or pick up some yardage here.

What you’ll need:

  • Plywood
  • Poster board or cardboard (to create the template)
  • Double-stick carpet tape
  • ½” upholstery foam
  • Muslin
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • Upholstery tacking strips
  • Electric staple gun
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Fabric of choice for covering; we used antique silk
  • Welting and contrasting fabric; we used a salmon-colored silk to complement the antique silk
  • Needle nose pliers (for pulling out any rogue staples that don’t affix properly)
  • Hammer (for tacking in staples that don’t go in all the way)
  • Spray mount (for seam binding)
  • Fabric of choice (for seam binding)

How to do it

Watch the video for the full how-to. For a primer on creating the cornice from scratch, watch this DIY video from our archive.



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