Project #1 – Cafe Curtains

So my first project in November were cafe curtains for our kitchen. My boyfriend and I moved in together in June. Slowly but surely we are still working on reaching a point of completion, when all boxes are unpacked (yes we still have some boxes lingering) and we are no longer shopping for furniture. You will be seeing a lot of home DIY projects this month, but hopefully they will inspire you to do some of the same things it has taken me 5+ months to do!

Back to the curtains. After much deliberation (have I mentioned I’m a horrible decision maker?) I rather impulsively chose these Anthropologie dish towels on Friday for my cafe curtains. I have always wanted to use Anthropologie towels for curtains, but I just couldn’t commit to one single design. Fortunately in September I picked up two different Heather Bailey fabrics to recover my kitchen chairs with (stay tuned for that project), and that purchase helped me to narrow down my quest for the perfect curtains. I chose these towels because, unlike many of Anthropologie’s designs, the pattern is simple enough to repeat four times (my windows are wide) without becoming too overwhelming.

More on how to make these yourself after the jump below. Also pardon me as I continue to improve my photography/photo editing skills…

What You’ll Need:

  • Dish Towels
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  1. Iron the towels. Determine how long you want your ribbon tabs to be and how much space you want between them. For my curtains I decided to use three 3″ tabs for each towel. Fold the ribbon in a small loop to create the tab and pin it to the towel.
  2. Determine where you want to place the button on the front of your tab. Hand stitch the tab, button and towel together using the embroidery floss.

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