Cafe Curtains are Easy To Make...
Especially If You're Just Starting Out
Cafe curtains are straight curtains hung from rings that slide along a brass or wooden rod. True cafe
curtains cover only the lower half of the window. Although, many people make 2 sets of cafe curtains, a tier
for the top of the window, and the lower half of the window.
These curtains are usually unlined and made out of light-weight cotton. Cotton is always an easy
fabric to work with.
Measure the length of the tier from the rod to the window sill, adding 3 inches for the
hem. Measure the width of the window. Purchase the amount of fabric designated by your
You're going to need 2 fabric panels to complete one full curtain. This is so you can
open them in the center.
Finish the sides of the curtains and the hems in the same way as Simple
Curtains. For the top, turn under 1/4" then another 1" and sew straight across.
Now you can put the rings on the top. There are 2 basic types of cafe rings:
1. clip on rings, which grip the fabric with tiny teeth
2. sew-on rings, which have a built-in eye to sew to curtain top.
Both types of rings are available at a local hardware store or fabric shop.
Hang your curtains on your rod, and you're done.