DIY Kitchen Curtains

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...OK, so it's probably less than half of what I own. 😉

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.

White, blue and turquoise, retro-y floral

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.

Navy blue banded trim

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.

The benefit of using this knit fabric was that I could leave a raw edge on the ruffles.)

This is how they look in my kitchen.

Better than anything I would’ve found at the store

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.

Newton was actually lying like this while he was eating out of his food dish too. I think this constitutes the definition of lazy! Oh, and yes, my husband’s shoe is about the same size as the dog. :O


About Becca

I am a self-taught seamstress, and I love to create unique women’s clothing. This blog is a record of the hodgepodge of sewing projects that occupy my time. Reconstruction projects are my favorite, but I also create clothing from my own designs using both recycled and new materials.
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One Response to DIY Kitchen Curtains

  1. Sarah Lewis says:

    If you are going to add Newton to your stories I’ll have to get Ruth to sign up for your blogs for sure!! She’s a dog lover, has a Dachshund and Pog (Pug+Pomeranian). Very funny little dog, that Pog!!! Love your curtains. We don’t have a single curtain or drape in this houe, just mini-blinds. Maybe someday I should fly you to Longview and make me some curtains!! :o)

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