I first got my grand idea for making café curtains for my kitchen from my favorite blog, Young House Love. Particularly this post.
Particularly this picture.
Young House Love has a great tutorial for how to make no sew curtains both on their blog and in their book (which was my fave Christmas Gift!) You can find the tutorial I used here. And here is a picture of the supplies Sherry uses to make the curtains. Fabric, scissors, a measuring tape (not shown), iron on hem tape, and an iron.
I decided I could do this! So LC went with me to JoAnn’s to choose some fabric (2 yards). They were having a sale for 50% off. I chose the fabric below, which was originally 10.99 per yard and I got half off that price. I first showed you this fabric here. I went to Walmart and bought a couple of silver café tension rods and some curtain rings. I basically followed the tutorial. You measure how long you want the curtains to be and then you add 1 inch to each end, which essentially means 2 inches longer and wider than you want the curtains. Let me assure you I was a complete novice at this. I had no idea how wide I should make them. So this took me waaaaaay longer than it takes Sherry, and another trip to JoAnns and Target. JoAnn’s did not carry the kind of iron on hem tape that Sherry’s tutorial calls for, so I just bought what they had, and it worked fine. It probably did not create as pretty of a scene from the opposite side, but I am fine with it. I can add a liner to them at some point if it bothers me.
I love the colorful polka dotted fabric. So does LC! He did help me with the fabric decision. It has all of the colors that are already in my kitchen, plus a pretty blue. I also like the heavier weight of the fabric. After cutting the fabric for the first panel, I went to iron on my hem tape. I first ironed a seem that was 1 inch wide.
Then I placed the hem tape along the edge of the folded over fabric and ironed it on, holding the iron in each spot for 10 seconds or so.
Go ahead, laugh. You know you think it’s funny. You know want to! That thing is pathetic! First of all the width should be waaay wider, second of all it was too short. I figured out mostly why. I forgot to add 2 inches to each side! Plus, I just knew I needed to make it wider so it would have some give.
This was also the reason why I had to go back to the store. I now needed more fabric, because I had messed up, so I got another yard. I also decided that I needed more curtain rings. But of course when I went to the mall I could not find silver ones, only oil rubbed bronze. So I purchased two oil rubbed bronze tension rods. But when I got them home they were too long for the window (don’t know why I didn’t pay attention to that.) So right now, I have silver tension rods and oil rubbed bronze rings. I will change that as soon as possible, but wanted to go ahead and hang them for now.
Anyway, after all of that, I finally got back to work and made my first two panels and hung them. This is what I had.
Go ahead, laugh again, I k now you want to. Totally uneven! Seriously, what was I thinking? I was now going to need more fabric!! This was going to end up not saving me any money at all! I did not want to waste this fabric, so I just made the hem a little less wide on the one on the left, and shortened the one on the right so they matched. And finally, I had two curtain panels that matched! Here they are!
Here is the second set I made. I was much more careful the second time to make sure they were both the same length.
And here is the finished project! What do you think? I love them! I got the stamp of approval from the rest of the family as well.
You can read more about the vintage bar cart that I made over here.
What I like most about these café curtains is that they only cover the bottom half of the window, so they create privacy, but a ton of light still pours in during the day. I am very happy with the fabric we chose, and I am feeling pretty confident that I can make some even larger window panels for my living room eventually. After I have painted the walls and ceiling.