Cafe curtains are a lovely way to dress up any window; they're especially nice in the kitchen, where they're almost traditional. These curtains are simple to make, inexpensive and take almost no time at all.
1. First measure your window height. Cafe curtains can cover anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of your window. If you want to cover the bottom window casing, include that in your measurement.
2. Measure your window width and include the casing if that is your choice. Your fullness should be twice to three times the measurement. If your fabric is home dec. fabric-it is heavier and maybe twice the fullness is fine. If you are sewing sheers then three times the fullness is what you want.
3. To your height measurement add 6" for bottom hem and 4" for heading. This is how much length in total fabric you need.
4. To your width measurement add 4" for side hems. This is the width in total fabric you need.
1. Cut your fabric the length you need plus the 6" for hems.
2. Cut a 4" wide strip the finished width of your panel.
3. Cut a 3" wide strip the width of your fabric for loops to hang the panel.
1. Take the 3" wide strip and press one long edge under 1/4". Fold the pressed edge over the opposite raw edge and stitch down the entire length. Press, centering seam in the middle of the strip. Cut this strip into 6" pieces.
2. Press under 1" on either side of cafe panel. Turn and press again another 1". Press and stitch down. These are your side hems.
3. Do the same to the 4" strip. This is your cafe heading.
4. Fold 6" loops in half widthwise. Keep seam line on underside. Place one at each end of panel top. Decide how far apart you want the loops. Placing raw edges of loops even with raw edges of panel, pin each loop in place. Make sure they are evenly spaced.
5. Right sides together, pin heading on top of panel and loops.
6. Sew across heading and loops using 1/2" seam allowance.
7. Flip heading to wrong side of panel. Stitch down sides and bottom edge.
8. Turn up bottom hem 3" and press. It is important that your hem be straight. Turn again the width of the first turn and stitch down.
That's it. You have finished your cafe curtain! They can really brighten up any kitchen with lively fabrics and a little effort.
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