I must confess, I’ve been hiding a secret…a café curtain I made all the way back in February. Please forgive me for not sharing until now.
I was on a quest for a little more privacy because we have
so many surprise visitors who come to an occasional FedEx man visiting The Land of Making Do. He pulls his tall delivery truck into the driveway and parks so that he can see right into this window.
On the chance that I am
not prepared for visitors while dashing into the laundry room, I thought it would be best for ALL concerned to cover more of that window!
I’ll miss this dressy valance, but it is horribly sun-damaged on the back side these days.
Remember me saying how Annie Sloan’s books inspire me? You wouldn’t really know this by visiting my home, but I’m crazy about her painting, her sewing, her decor, everything.
The picture below is the window treatment from her Creating the French Look book that inspired my casual café curtain.
Isn’t it beautiful? Hers is more classy than my version, but if I were redecorating my dining room, this is the look I’d shoot for.
To get a better look or order this book*, click the picture below and follow the link to Amazon.com.
I used a fabric remnant I had on hand – a gauzy, light, lumpy, tucked, and airy fabric, and it was fairly close to the size I needed.
Measure your window to get your desired finished length, from 1″ above the sash rail to the sill. You’ll want to hide your sash rail, so placing your rod about an inch or so above the rail should hide your window lock hardware nicely.
Figure your cut length measurement.
Cut Length Measurement
desired finished length
+ 2″ for top and bottom finishing hems
+ 10″ for header (5″ folded over = 10″ total)
+ rod pocket depth needed for your rod.
The selvage edge looked fine for my casual look, so I didn’t hem the sides. For your side hems, sew a simple turned edge just as I did with the following top and bottom hems.
Stitch a turned hem along the top and bottom edges as I demonstrated in 2 Easy Ways to Sew Table Linens.
For the flouncey header, fold down 10″, creating a 5″ header, plus your rod pocket depth. Mark your stitch lines for the rod pocket with pins. Your bottom stitch line should be at the hem you sewed along the top edge. I have extra fabric because
I was too lazy to cut it to size my fabric piece was a little longer than necessary, so I made up for the extra here.
My rod is a tiny tension rod – about 3/8″ thick, so the rod pocket needed to be small. Yours might me as much as a couple of inches or so, depending on your rod depth.
Measure from the top rod pocket seam to the hem line, making sure it is level and equal to the finished length you desire.
Sew your rod pocket stitch lines along the pin locations.
No problem if you get “off” a little with your stitch line – gathered and flouncey hide any deviations. Don’t you love sewing imperfect seams – and getting away with it? Hee-hee…
That’s all there is to it. Four seams!
When hanging your curtain, bend the header down and let it stick out in areas. No need for ironing here!
I have a fresh-off-the press picture of the window with this café curtain – and the brand new No-Sew Vintage Valance. It’s made from a vintage table-cloth with candlewick needlework. The color and sheer factor matched the French café curtain pretty well.
It’s a very different look than previously, I know. After you see the laundry room reveal soon, you’ll understand.
Do you like the new casual look? Do you think you’d like to make a French café curtain?
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