Category Archives: Window Treatments

Valance Tutorial 1

How-to Make a Lined Valance with Contrasting Band

Valance Tutorial 1Today I’m sharing an easy tutorial for this simple lined valance.

It’s simple but the contrasting band takes it up a notch. It’s definitely not boring.
You can also add trim along the upper portion of the band to jazz it up a bit more if you prefer.

While this is easy it’s not “no-sew” easy.
But if you’re wanting to make a nice, lined valance…this is the a great way to go. Continue reading

Living Room Curtains 1

My New Living Room Window Treatments Before & After

Living Room Window Treatments 1

With these new window treatments I did something I’ve never done before.

I have a very strong “I can make that myself” impulse. I like the challenge of creating things myself and the satisfaction of knowing “I made that!” 

And of course, in many instances, the only way something is affordable is to do it yourself.

But this time I treated myself.  Continue reading

Cafe Curtain with Cuff Tutorial 1

Tutorial – Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Cuff and Trim

Cafe Curtain with Cuff Tutorial 1

Several years ago I made a collection of aqua & brown animal print pillows and window treatments for Laura’s master bedroom & bathroom.

Recently she sent the remnants from that project and asked if I could make a small cafe curtain for a tiny window in her bathroom.

Today I’m going to show you how I pieced the various remnants to create a coordinating cafe curtain.  Continue reading

Ivory & Gray Cafe Curtain 2

Beaded Cafe Curtain and How to Sew On Curtain Rings

Ivory & Gray Cafe Curtain 2

When it comes to curtain hardware – rods, brackets and rings – I have a few standards that I tend to use the most often.

This small 1″ black metal ring is available just about anywhere curtain hardware is sold. The trouble is it’s usually available as a clip ring.

What if you’d rather sew on the rings? No problem. Nothing a pair of pliers can’t fix.  Continue reading

Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Hem

Ruffled Ivory & Gray Cafe Curtain

Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Hem

Tamara contacted me several months ago asking about window treatments for her new kitchen. We worked long distance via email, phone calls and texts to the create this adorable little cafe curtain for her kitchen!

The window above the sink measures 46×46 and faces west. While Tamara wanted to allow in as much light as possible you can imagine the amount of sunlight that comes though this window during the evening.

We narrowed our curtain options down to a cafe curtain mounted at 31″ high.

Countertops are 36″ high + approximately 10″ from the counter to the window sill + 31″ curtain height places the rod approximately 77″ off the floor.

This height keeps the sun under control while working in the kitchen, gives Tamara the privacy she needs as well as lets in plenty of light above the curtain when it’s closed.

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Pleated Sheer Curtain

When to Use Pleated Sheer Cafe Curtains

Pinch Pleat Sheer Detail

Many of the curtains I make from sheer fabrics are cafe curtains. Sometimes they are made for large windows like my dining room window and sometimes for small windows like those above a kitchen sink or even in a closet.

The #1 reason for using a sheer fabric is for the amount of light it allows into a space.

Yet, allowing in that light often results in a lack of privacy.

Today, I’m sharing a detail that can help with the privacy issue.  Continue reading

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