Make these beautiful Pottery Barn-inspired relaxed cottage-style ticking stripe curtains for a fraction of the cost.

pottery barns ticking stripe curtain
a side view of my version of the ticking stripe curtains with tassels

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I love the look of ticking stripe fabric and wanted to bring this french country cottage-style fabric into our living room. We have a white slipcovered couch and neutral off-white walls so I knew this soft gray and white stripe fabric would work well. The original idea came from the Pottery Barn Emily and Meritt Ticking Stripe window treatments (which sadly are no longer available). I knew I could make my own and save a few dollars while doing so!

Finding the right ticking stripe fabric:

I purchased the 10 yards of the Gray and Ivory Cotton Duck Ticking Stripe Fabric that I needed to make the striped curtains at Joann Fabrics and got to work.

ticking stripe, fabric, tassels on a jute rug

Working with the Ticking Fabric:

When I tried the fabric up against the window to view the ticking stripe fabric, I found the right side of the ticking stripe to be a bit too dark for my taste. I felt they actually looked a tad “muddy” (if that makes sense). I decided to flip the fabric over so the main panel of the curtains would be showing the back of the fabric. This drastically softened the pattern while still showing the ticking stripes. I then folded the top header over revealing the actual right side of the ticking stripe, now I’m loving the contrast! With the back side of the fabric showing, this (really good idea) bumps up the cottage look I was going for. With the wrong side showing they actually look a bit faded.

ticking stripe curtains with tassels.


For each panel, I used the width of the fabric as it came (54″ wide). To figure the total length of each curtain panel I measured each panel from the top window casing to the floor. I then added an extra 17″ to allow for a bottom hem allowance (2 x’s 1/2 inch), the folded-over header (12 inches) with enough left so they would be long enough to puddle on the floor (4 inches). I love the look of floor length and the relaxed look of the curtain gathered on the floor.

cottage style living room decor, ticking stripe curtains that are pottery barn inspired.


Onto the sewing part! My sewing machine is one of those basic machines, nothing fancy but gets the job done! In a straight line, I sewed along all 4 sides of each panel. The bottom hem and side hems had the same seam allowance all around (1 1/2″). I did not hide the rough edge when sewing (as pictured). In part because I knew I was going for a more informal look and partly – if I’m being completely honest – I’m a bit of a lazy seamstress. For a more formal and finished look, you could line these curtains.

No Sew Option: Not one for sewing? No problem! You could easily make these DIY curtains by cutting the raw edges of the fabric and fraying them as I did in my DIY lavender sachet post. It would take some patience but the frayed edge would be a fun look to this already relaxed fabric.

sewing the fabric.

The Tassels:

Using kitchen string I made these tassels and added the beads. Initially, when I hung the panels on these farmhouse rods, I found that tassels would get lost in the folds. I realized that if I could somehow shorten the width of the top of the curtain I would be able to see the full detail of the tassels. I did not want to cut the width and lose the loose relaxed cottage look so I decided to sew 3 box pleats across the top. Then I sewed the tassels (video here) to the 3 box pleats as well as the two ends of the top of the curtain making 5 points to hang the curtains from. The tassels are not only for decorative purposes they are also what I used to hang the curtains.

close up of box pleat with tassel.

Choosing the Right Curtain Rods:

I had my mind set on a white wooden curtain rod and found these rods at Bed Bath a Beyond. To choose the right size I measured the width of each window and decided how much of an extension (how far you want the rods to extend beyond the casing) you want. Our living room has two smaller windows so I always extend beyond the casing at least 12″ and the majority of the curtain panel is covering the wall. This makes the windows seem larger than they are and as a bonus, it also lets more natural light in.

Other Options For Hanging The Curtains: The curtains hang from the loops on the tassels. You may also make tab curtains or use my favorite DIY curtain hack – use a hair tie. You can learn more about this in my no sew, no rod drop cloth curtain post.

Variations and Considerations:

Other Ticking Stripe Projects For Your Home: For a cottage farmhouse look or French Country you can’t go wrong with ticking stripe fabric. You could add some charm to your living room by making some throw pillows use ticking fabric. You could also sew a DIY ticking stripe shower curtain using button holes to thread the shower curtain rings through. A beautiful ticking stripe bedskirt with a gorgeous white coverlet would be beautiful in a bedroom. Cover your dining room chairs in a beautiful blue and white ticking stripe fabric for a nautical look. This timeless fabric is so versatile!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are the curtain panels lined?

I did not line these panels for a couple of reasons. 1. I wanted them to have a true relaxed look. I was concerned that I would loose that look and the panels would look too stiff if they were lined. 2. The majority of the curtain panel covers the wall with just a small amount showing the natural light.

Do you close the curtains at night?

I do not. Our home is set back from the road and the curtains serve more as decorative than functional. you certainly could close them as long as the tassel loops are on the inside of the curtain rod brackets. if you are making curtains for a bedroom you could add blackout fabric as your lining.

Where can I buy ticking stripe fabric?

There are lots of online fabric store options. I purchased my striped fabric at Joanns fabric. I’ll include a few options below.

hydrangea on a coffee table. cottage style living room with curtains in the background.

I really love how they turned out. I’ve received so many messages saying they like mine better! Sorry PB – but I kinda have to agree! Also pictured in this space is my arrangement which sits on Layering Vintage Frames on a Wall between the curtains.

Pin it for Later:

pinterest pin of this project for easy pinning.

Thanks for visiting my blog today for this DIY Pottery Barn inspired ticking stripe curtains post! Hopefully you found this curtain tutorial helpful and you ready to make your own curtains. Making your own is a great way to save money and perhaps its the best way to take an idea and put your own spin on it. For another easy project for window coverings be sure to visit my now sew, no rod drop cloth curtain post.

my signiture. a black and white drawing of me with a coffee cup.

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  1. New to your blog today….retired Teacher/RN living in Southern CA. I see one line on your face…I can relate…I have 2 or 3!!

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