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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!
Start by measuring your window and seeing what sizes you will need. My top curtain needed to be 19 x 32. I added 1 inch to that 19 for seam allowance then just used the width of the bolt to give the curtain a little fullness. You can see more about how I made these curtains with the diagram below.
The steps would be:
- Cut the size you need from the curtain and the liner fabric.
- Sew with the fabric right sides together.
- Be sure to skip 3 inches at the top of each side for your rod pocket and about 5 inches on one side to turn.
- Turn right side out and iron seams.
- Sew around rod pocket holes.
- Sew a straight line 2 1/2 inches from the top.
- Sew closed that hole you used for turning.
- Iron and hang!
Now you will also need bottom curtains. The only thing you do differently is to cut them in half before beginning the sewing. So between step 1 and 2 above would be to cut them in half. You can see more in the diagram below.
You can make these any size you need for your own windows. The fabric I used is a Waverly fabric I picked up at Walmart. I love the subtle design in this case.
You see there are so many windows in my kitchen I feared a big bold pattern would overwhelm the entire space. These blend in slightly but give a punch of pattern. So far I am really enjoying my new cafe style curtains. Will you be making your own? Be sure to follow our tutorial above. You can see more about the kitchen below by clicking here.