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In this tutorial, we will learn how to make cafe curtains with rings to dress up our windows and give us privacy. Also includes a no sew version.
I know you guys have been seeing a lot of my bathroom lately! After I framed the bathroom mirror, it really gave me the motivation to do more. I’m showing you how to make a simple little cafe curtain! I’ll also show you how to make this if you don’t have a sewing machine.
I remember my mom having cafe curtains in her house growing up. And you know what!? I didn’t like them! Sorry, Mom. I thought they looked old school and dated. But lately, I’ve seen interior designers use them more and it’s really changed my perspective on them. I think they can be pretty darn cute!
The window in our bathroom is not very pretty. It has frosted glass and it’s a slider, which for some reason just looks weird and throws me off. This is not the first time I’ve tried to “dress” this window. A while ago I had made a faux roman shade with tension rods to give it some softness. And I loved it but I really wanted to try a cafe curtain too.
Alright guys – let’s dive in this project!
- Fabric – the amount needed depends on how big your window is. I used this really pretty white linen.
- Fabric Adhesive Tape (if not using a sewing machine)
- Sewing Machine
- Clip Rings – I love these ones.
- Tension Rod – use the same color as your clip rings – it’s on my to-do list. 🙂
How to Make Cafe Curtains with Rings
Wash and dry your fabric first before sewing.
- We need to measure and cut our fabric. With cafe curtains, you want them to be bunchy looking all the way across – not stretched. I hung up a tension rod across my window and pinned my fabric over it. I used my window as a guide to cut the length – which is slightly lower than the window to account for seams. For the fabric width, I just used double the size of my window (you can use more!), then cut this piece in half to account for two curtains. For instance, if your window is 24″ wide – you want at least 48 inches wide of fabric – then cut this in half for each curtain.
- Now that we have our curtains cut, we need to sew in some seams to make it neat and pretty! Sew a double hem all the way around on each curtain. (If you are not using clip rings and prefer to hang on your tension rod – see notes below.) If you are not using a sewing machine, use a simple fabric adhesive tape to bond your seams.
- Our curtain is pretty much finished! Simply attach your clip rings to each curtain and hang it up on your tension rod. Ideally, you should use a tension rod that’s the same color as your clip rings. I have a black matte one on order so I’ll update this post soon.
*Notes: If you prefer to hang your cafe curtains directly from the tension rod (without clip rings), you will need to sew a pocket hem on the top of each curtain. Then just slide each curtain through the tension rod and hang it up. I did both ways with this project but prefer the look of the clip rings. Totally your choice!
These cafe curtains were so simple to make and the white linen gives just the right amount of softness to that window. After framing the mirror, hanging some simple DIY art, and sewing up some cafe curtains – I’m pretty pleased with how this bathroom is looking lately!
I would definitely give this project a try if your bathroom is missing something – a simple cafe curtain may be all you need. And you don’t even need to sew.
Thanks so much for visiting me today!