After searching fruitlessly for some curtains for my kitchen window that would (1) fit properly, and (2) look like I wanted, I recently convinced myself to make them. I don’t particularly enjoy making things for the house—like blankets, curtains and pillows. However, when you’re on a budget and have a large collection of fabric, it’s difficult to evade feelings of guilt if you don’t at least attempt it.
My fabric collection consists of mostly knits, which are not ideal for making curtains. But the only print I liked that matched the kitchen was a knit.
I have a terrible habit of immediately daydreaming about the worst possible scenario that could come about from a decision. So, I argued with myself about how unknowledgeable I would look if a fellow seamstress came over to my house and saw my kitchen curtains (I know, I care way too much about what other people think). Oh, how life-changing and horrifying that would be, to have another seamstress question my judgment about fabric choice!
I shook the image out of my mind, and told myself to get over it. I pressed on, using this fabric.
Since I made these over a month ago, I don’t have step-by-step pictures this time. So, I’ll briefly describe the process, with pictures of the finished curtains. I cut out rectangles, according to the measurements of the window, adding enough at the top to fold the fabric over and create a casing for a tension rod.
At this point, I decided the curtains were going to be far too simple. So, I added a banded navy blue trim around the edges of each curtain.
Originally, I was going to put a little ruffle all the way around the entire edge of the curtains, but I decided it was too much (We don’t live in a dollhouse, after all). I settled for a ruffle at the top, under the spot where the tension rod slid through.
This is how they look in my kitchen.
The curtains match beautifully, and they’re just what we needed to give us some privacy, while still letting light shine through to brighten the kitchen.
This picture of Mr. Newton is just to leave you with a chuckle. This is how he was lying while I was typing this.