Last night, I had a little spare time so I decided to dig out my sewing machine and whip up a quick pair of homemade kitchen curtains, for my sink window in my pantry. Both pairs of my frilly white store bought curtains had stains that would not come out, and with money tight, I felt no desire to shop for new ones. At first I contemplated using a pretty red and white patterned table cloth to make the curtains with. It would have matched my decor a little better, and saved a some sewing time, since some of the edges would have already been finished for me, but I like it for picnics and use it in pics sometimes. I snooped through my big box of fabric and found this funky fruit and vegetable fabric, I had originally bought to make a couple aprons with. It looked summery and cheery, so I pulled it out.
Since the fabric had a grid pattern to it, I wanted them to lie relatively flat, too much gathering would muddle the pattern. To save time, I used the old curtains as a starter template, and shortened the width in difference to the pattern. The project should have taken less than an hour in total, but my sewing machine decided to fritz on me halfway through, and I took a few extra minutes making sure the pattern on the two bottom tiers lined up well. Even with the delays, from start to curtains hung and project cleaned up, was about an hour and a half.
I will probably make another pair to rotate with these soon. The next pair will either be made from a vintage table cloth, with a small hole in it or I will pick up a fun piece at the local discount fabric store.
Making Homemade Kitchen Curtains
- Measure and cut your pieces, making sure to give yourself plenty of room for the curtain rod, and finishing edge seams.
- Double fold side edges and iron. I stitch these right away.
- Fold small bit of edge of top over, press, then fold to make the rod pocket, and press again.
- Double check length, then double fold bottom edge and press.
- Sew top and bottom, trim off excess thread.
- You curtains are ready to hang.
Save time by re-purposing old table cloths or other linens. Add vintage charm with some bric a brac or other trims.