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Add a Hand-Painted Design to Linen Cafe Curtains

Reusing vintage linens for sewing projects is seen all over the decorating world, but there is no need to scour flea markets and attics. A painted detail can be added to simple linen cafe curtains to give them vintage appeal.

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Materials Needed:

  • 2-3 yards linen fabric
  • tape measure
  • quilting ruler
  • coordinating all-purpose cotton thread
  • sewing machine
  • iron and ironing board
  • fusible webbing
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint
  • fabric medium
  • pins
  • 1" artist's brush
  • 2.0 liner brush
  • tension rod

Measure Window and Cut Fabric

Use a measuring tape to determine window width and desired height of tension rod. Cut a piece of linen fabric that is height of tension rod to sill plus 8 inches to allow for hem and rod pocket; width is double the window width measurement. Linen will tear in a straight line, so simply make a small cut at measured mark and tear with hands.

Hem Edges

Start on one side of fabric panel. Fold over approximately 1/2 inch and press fold to hold in place. Insert fusible webbing. Fold over again to create a double hem and press to activate adhesive in webbing and secure hem in place. Repeat on other side. Hem top and bottom edges of fabric, but with only a single hem (one fold). Raw edges will still be visible on top and bottom.

Pin and Sew Rod Pocket

Fold top side of fabric over 3 inches and pin in place. Raw edge should be hidden in fold. Use a quilting ruler or square to keep fold even. Press fold with iron and then sew along pin line. Remove pins.

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