HGTV Cafe Curtain

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials30 Comments

As a freelance writer for HGTV, sometimes I’m assigned specific projects and other times I’m asked for project ideas that fall under a broad category.  When I was asked for kitchen window treatment ideas a few months ago, I immediately thought of cafe curtains.

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When it came time to sew the rod pocket, I wanted to figure out a simple way to make sure the width of the pocket was the same along the entire channel.  It’s easy to go a little wonky when you’re sewing, especially if you’re a beginner, and it helps to have something to use as a guide.  I didn’t want to mark the white linen, so I used Frog Tape!  I placed the Frog Tape exactly where I wanted the pocket and sewed on both sides of it.  It worked out perfect that the pocket needed to be an inch wide.  Once the pocket was sewn, I simply removed the tape.  No chalk to rub off or ink to wash.  Simple and straight.

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I knew I wanted to use some white linen I had left over from another project for these curtains, but I also knew that the white linen wouldn’t photograph well on its own, so it needed a little customizing.  I used Frog Tape again to paint a red stripe along the bottom that was then embellished with hand painted “cross-stitch” detail.

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You can find the full tutorial on HGTV HERE.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Frog Tape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

HGTV Cafe Curtain

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30 Comments on “HGTV Cafe Curtain”

    1. Very true! Your home gives me such inspiration. I am a dedicated daily reader. I love your milk paint line as well, Ive used it on 2 large projects! Keep your creativity coming!

  1. Very nice and a GREAT idea. I usually just free sew (you know without pins) and hope for the best but I really like this idea. It wouldn’t take much more time and would make it alot nicer.

  2. I was wondering about the red too ! Lol. Glad to know you didn’t keep them up. You’re going to need to do a new book soon with all the new updates to the house !

  3. Love this! was just doing this yesterday stitch some straight stitches when I was attaching some pockets to a purse. masking and painting tape is one of my favorite tools when sewing! thanks for sharing!

  4. Love them. At first glance I thought these were made from a grain sack. So cute you should sell them. I would love some. Even a valance would be adorable.

  5. Well, the good thing about rod pockets is that even if you do get a little “wonky” doing it freehand, they are going to be gathered anyway so are very forgiving!! But, yes, painting a straight line would be much easier with tape. (Does Frog Tape ask all bloggers to write their sponsored posts at the same time? I swear I’ve read 4 or 5 blog posts about this stuff in the past week, lol)

    1. Ha! No, that’s just a coincidence. We have to do one a month, so we probably all procrastinated. I actually did this project a while ago and I just kept forgetting to share the tip!

  6. GENIUS!!!!!! I always had trouble with those rod pockets. I am on the verge of making new double-rod sheers for 3 windows—this time I will be ‘in the know’…thank YOU so much!

  7. Adorable and such a great idea with the tape and paint. I love the crosses. Thank you for this idea. Marian you have such a gift!

  8. What a great idea! Even someone like me could do this one. I always use cafe curtains in my house (wherever possible) because it lets all of the light inside without people peering in. Thanks!

  9. I just used frog tape last night when sewing to put a hem in curtains that I wanted to make sure stayed straight and were level. It is also great for identifying when sewing ruffles the depth to fold material back on itself and keep the spacing even. Also great for sewing the flange part of a pillow sham and keeping it straight and even, etc.

    Another handy thing to use when sewing, since straight stitching is a challenge for many of us, okay, we’ll me is the 3m wall hook Adhesive tabs. I attach the tab part to the sewing machine at the right place for my stitch leaving the peel off tab that would attach to the hook in place. It serves as a great guide to run the edge of the material along. When done sewing, simply pull the tab and all the evidence is removed that I am straight stitch challenged. In other words, helps prevent the wonky episodes that often occur in my sewing when I don’t use a guide of some type. Love the helpful tips.

  10. What a cute idea yrs ago I used 3 in ribbon for a rod pocket, cause I couldn’t cut straight worked good. Also love frog tape it actually works the way it says it is suppose to ;). Did you use fabric paint on your curtains?

  11. It is a relief to read in the comments that you are not keeping the curtains at your kitchen window and just put them there for the HGTV tutorial. While they are clever curtains they definitely do not enhance your otherwise charming and beautiful kitchen. Now, just for a stainless stove! Cheers.

  12. Dear MMS, I’m going to use your idea about the straight seam with Frog tape. Thanks so much! The red you added to the curtains is sweet. Hugs, Anne Boykin

  13. Hello, I just wandered on to your website this evening and I am in awe of all that you do. I did have a specific question. I noticed you had a wreath that I have been looking everywhere for in your bedroom and in one picture you had one on antlers in your kitchen. I believe it’s a type of preserved boxwood wreath, I am not sure what they are called but I really want to but 3 of them for my LR windows. I would so appreciate if you could guide me as to where I could purchase them., Thanks and I am so glad I found your page.

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