In The Woods – Window Dressing For Our Utility Room

Finished Cafe Curtains

Purchasing tension curtain rods, several yards of canopy twill fabric with a navy and white stripe, 10 yards of red ribbon, and stitch witchery I was ready to make four no-sew cafe curtains for my utility room.  It was a learning process of trial and error.  All in all I am happy with the end result.

Here is a general overview of what I learned from the process.  Before measuring or planning the layout of each curtain panel consider; prewashing and drying, then iron to smooth the fabric (because your fabric might shrink, it is better to find out before then after the fact). Sometimes it is helpful to stretch and pull the fabric from opposite corners before ironing to help even up the weave. Lastly, square the fabric by bringing the selvage edges (two edges that will not fray) together, and then mark a straight line across the fabric edge. Trim the uneven excess from the fabric.

Close Up of Button Garland

First I hemmed the edges using stitch witchery tape, then I hemmed the top and bottom. For heavier fabric you might want to consider fabric glue.  I inserted the tension rod in the top hem.  After I hung the curtain, I rolled up the bottom to the desired length, and tied it in place with a piece of unattached ribbon which I had hung over the rod.   At a later date I might insert a small dowel in the bottom of the curtain hem to make the edge firm and straight.

Also the window was to wide for a single measure of fabric so I made the window dressing in two panels.  The button garland fills the area between the two panels.

All told, the entire project including the buttons cost $40.00 (US).   I purchased the fabric on-line and wasn’t entirely happy with the quality, but  I couldn’t find the fabric I wanted locally so I took the chance at ordering it from an online outlet someone had recommended.


Published by


Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s