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Dressed-Up Matchstick Blinds Matchstick blinds work well for kitchens. Add your own personal touch with flouncy fabric ties. Make the ties about 7 inches wide and twice the length of the window. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch along the raw edges, leaving an opening for turning the strip right side out.
Dressed-Up Matchstick Blinds
Country-Style Swag If you don't need privacy at the kitchen window, try a tab-top variation that simply swags across the top of the window. Although it looks like one long piece, this treatment is really a series of double-sided oblong sections tied together over the rod with jute. A treatment like this softens the window and can help reinforce your kitchen color scheme, but it doesn't block light and views.
Personalized Ready-Made Panels Give purchased kitchen curtains personal flair by adding your own tab tops and ties. To make the tabs, fold 10x3½-inch strips of fabric in half lengthwise. Stitch into a tube. Turn each tube to the right side, and press. Turn under the raw edges at the ends, and stitch the ends closed. Continued ....
Personalized Ready-Made Panels
Fabric-Covered Curtain Rod Incorporate the curtain rod into the window topper by covering it with matching fabric. Combine a creative topper with plain panels to draw the eye upward toward the topper. This gives an illusion of height to the kitchen. Here, ball finials are covered by hemmed circles of matching gingham fabric. Gimp ties the covers in place.
Fabric-Covered Curtain Rod
Creative Clips for Sheer Cafe Curtains
Tablecloth Valances Tablecloths from the 1940s and 1950s make cheerful valances. Look for bargain linens at garage sails, junk shops, and farm auctions for $5 to $35. Even damaged or stained cloths will work if you can cut them and salvage the good portion. To hang the topper, simply loop the ends through holes in drapery brackets. These are architectural salvage, but you'll find new ones in the drapery departments of sewing and crafts stores.
tea towel cafe curtains - make these cafe curtains in a couple of hours. fold the tops of vintage towels over so the bottoms just skim the windowsill. sew or fuse the folded layers to create a casing. attach buttons across the seam and thread a curtain rod through the casing. [might want to take time to iron first]
Tea Towel Cafe Curtains
Teacup Tiebacks for Kitchen Curtains An interesting tieback adds a fun accent to kitchen curtains. To copy this look, take cups to a glass store to have 1½-inch holes drilled into the bottoms. Thread a curtain panel through a teacup. Screw a cup hook into the window frame or wall stud and hang the cup by its handle.
Teacup Tiebacks for Kitchen Curtains