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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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Complete Rod Pocket

Tuck tension rod into pocket sewn in step 3. Insert pin to mark where second stitch line should be made to create rod pocket. Use quilting ruler and masking tape to make straight line to sew along. Sew other side of pocket and remove tape. Tip: Don't make pocket so tight that it is hard to fit tension rod inside.

Hem Bottom

Test-fit curtain on tension rod and place in window at desired height. Fold bottom of curtain under so it lightly touches windowsill. Pin in place. Press fold and then sew along pin line. Remove pins and cut threads.

Embellish Curtains

Measure and tape off a stripe in desired location on curtain. Mix fabric medium with acrylic paint per manufacturer's instructions. Paint stripe with 1-inch artist's brush and then remove tape. Use 2.0 liner brush to paint "cross stitches" along top and bottom of stripe. Allow paint to dry completely before hanging.

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