I thought I would share with y’all my tutorial on how to sew cafe style curtains. I revealed these curtains last week in my rustic farmhouse kitchen post. I really love cafe style curtains in here because they block more light to protect our wood floors while still allowing us to see out at all times. The kitchen faces the back of the house and I love the light streaming in at all times of the day. However they really don’t make these style curtains for big windows. Well y’all can make custom sized cafe style curtains for yourself easily!
What happens when you dye some curtains for one daughter? Well of course the other one wants some too. This time I am doing a dip dye technique that turned out awesome. Read on below to see how to make your own dip dyed curtains.
After completing our bathroom upstairs, I thought the downstairs bathroom could use a little love as well. Just a little facelift and some new accessories. I started with making an extra long shower curtain then I added in some fun metal baskets. Plus I found an amazing chevron Listerine bottle that just had to be added to this bathroom as well.
If you can sew a straight line then you can learn how to sew curtains. They really are that simple. I have already showed you how to sew a simple valance and now it is time for some full length drapes. I am continuing on in the upstairs bathroom and I hope to have a reveal for y’all soon. For now lets learn how to sew curtains the easy way!
I then dyed the areas one at a time. First I did some research on the RIT website and came up with the following recipe for the dye (WEAR GLOVES WHEN WORKING WITH DYE!!):
- Add 1/2 cup salt to the bucket.
- Pour in 1 gallon plus 2 cups of VERY hot water and stir to dissolve salt.
- Add one drop of liquid dish detergent and stir.
- Add 1/4 cup dye and stir.
- Put in your item for 15 minutes. (In this case, put the item in until you are almost touching the rubber bands and stop. Make sure the entire dipped area stays under the water. ONLY put in the area from one rubber band to another. The remainder of the curtain should stay out of the dye.)
- Remove after 15 minutes and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
- Allow to dry before moving onto the next color.
Once all four sections were dyed and dried, I removed my rubber bands and allowed the entire piece to fully dry. The areas between colors are the coolest part in my opinion as some is left white while there are areas where the colors blended as well. Overall these are the perfect curtains for a teen room.
I then used the curtains to determine the height of the curtain rod. I wanted them to barely grace the floor. We did not go all the way to the ceiling on purpose as we wanted to include the “R” collection above the window. Y’all stay tuned for the teen room reveal next week. You don’t want to miss the rest of this room. In the meantime, enjoy my DIY tie dye curtain tutorial.
Begin with the right sides together and sew across the top and bottom. Yes you will have those 2 inches of excess pattern material but we will be ironing that in just a second. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing. What does that mean? Run your material along the edge of your foot and your needle in the center of the foot.
The ironing is a very important step in any sewing tutorial and especially this one. You will need to press your bottom seam flat and then pull up into that top seam to get your excess to fold over the top. I have given you a brief ironing demo in the video below. Why have the excess? I have made curtains before and not cut my fabric exactly right or sewn completely straight. Then you are left with a portion of the liner peeking out on the front of your curtain. This method is fool proof. No matter if you make a minor mistake on sewing — this curtain will look great from the front….trust me!
Now that you have ironed along with my demo above you have this excess folded over to the back and a nice crisp folded pressed edge…right?
Note how my pins are placed. This is a fancy trick to make removing your pins easier when you sew so remember to place them horizontally. Second tip place one pin about 1 inch down from the top and another pin about 2 1/4 inches down from the top. I will show you what those are for in just a second. Remember the top is where you folded over all of that excess material when ironing.
After you have finished sewing both sides, go back to that unfinished pocket and open it up. Sew both sides a bit just to keep it from turning out when you put the finished product on the curtain rod.
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Zigzag design, ruler and exacto knife (There’s a great download for chevron designs HERE.)
Craft paint (or fabric paint) and brush
1 yard white cotton fabric (a repurposed sheet is perfect!)
Your sewing stuff, including scissors, pins, seam ripper, sewing machine, washable marking pen, iron, etc.
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plus $2.25 at the thrift store
equals GORGEOUS girly curtains!!