How to Make Your Own Cafe Curtains

What You'll Need
Meter tape
steel scissors
sewing machine
tailors chalk

Installing café curtains on the windows of your eatery is an excellent way to ensure the privacy of your clientele. Moreover, since café curtains cover only the lower portion of the windows, you will always have ample daylight filtering into the rooms of the establishment. Sewing the curtains is neither time-consuming, nor particularly difficult and in this guide, you will learn all the steps you have to follow to accomplish the task with success.

 Step 1–Determine the Height and Width of the Curtain

As any professional tailor will agree, the very first thing to do is to make the appropriate measurements.  With a meter tape, measure the distance between the bottom of the window and the level of the curtain rod. If you want the curtain to cover the window casing, take its height into account as well. Add 6 extra inches for the curtain hem, and you have the total height of your curtain.

To determine the width of the curtain, measure the window opening. The fullness of the curtain should be two to three times the width of the window, depending on the fabric you will be using (you will want to make a lighter material look fuller, whereas a heavier cloth needs less fullness). Add four inches for the side hems to get the total curtain width.

Step 2–Cutting

Unfold the fabric on a level surface and delineate a panel with dimensions as described in the above step. Cut the marked-out area using a pair of steel scissors. Then cut two other strips of fabric: one that is four inches high, which will serve for the curtain heading, and another that is three inches high, which will be used for the loops of the curtain. Both strips should be of the same width as the curtain.

Step 3–Make the Curtain Loops

Take the three-inch piece of fabric and press one long edge under one-quarter inch. Fold that edge over its opposite edge and sew along the entire length. Position the seam in the middle of your strip, press, and cut it into six-inch pieces.

Step 4–Sew the Side Hems and the Heading

To sew a side hem, press under one inch on a curtain panel side. Turn and press one more inch. Then press and sew along the length to finish the hem. Repeat the procedure for the other side hem and the heading (for the heading, however, you should use the four-inch strip you cut in step 2).

Step 5–Attach the Heading and the Loops

Keeping the seam on the underside, fold the six-inch pieces in half and space them evenly along the top edge of the curtain panel. Use pins to fix the loops into place. With the right sides together, pin the heading on top of the panel and the loops. Then sew across the heading strip and loops with one half-inch seam allowance. Turning the heading to the back side of the panel, stitch both sides down and along the bottom edge.

Step 6–Sew the Bottom Hem

Turn the bottom hem three inches up and press along a straight line. Then turn three inches once again and stitch down to finish the bottom hem.