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Super Simple DIY Cafe Curtains

Learn how to make these easy DIY kitchen cafe curtains with a few supplies, including your favorite fabric and curtain rings.

diy kitchen cafe curtains with text overlay

You GUYS. I *sewed* something. I know you’re all double checking to make sure you’re on the right blog right now because I almost never sew. Like ever. Hem tape? It’s my best friend, and my usual go-to. Sometimes, though, I just have to suck it up and brave the sewing machine.

I was in the process of planning out our kitchen reno when I stumbled upon this completely gorgeous fabric and just knew I had to incorporate it into the space– I thought it would make perfect cafe curtains! So of course I ordered a couple of yards, but when it arrived at my house, I realized… if I wanted the fabric to turn into curtains, I was going to have to sew the fabric into curtains.

Go figure.

I really, really had my heart set on them, though, so I decided to go for it despite my sewing machine anxiety. Thankfully {spoiler alert} it all went rather smoothly! Yippee!

Here’s how I managed to make these oh-so-simple DIY cafe curtains:

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How to Make DIY Kitchen Cafe Curtains Step-by-Step

1. Gather supplies.

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • straight pins
  • measuring tape
  • iron
  • scissors
  • rod + brackets
  • curtain clips
  • sewing machine + thread

2. Take measurements.

I began by taking measurements to figure out how I needed to cut my fabric. I opted just to use the width of my fabric as it was (54″) and decided on 32″ in length based on the size of my window. Measurements will obviously vary by window size and personal preference on placement. I looked at many, many pictures of cafe curtains and liked how they looked when the curtain rod sat above the window’s meeting rails. You may like them better right at the rails or below.

close up of the cade curtain, rings, and rod placement

3. Cut the fabric.

This ended up being really easy for me. I already knew I was leaving the width alone, and 4″ sounded like a good seam allowance to me for the length, so since I had purchased two yards of fabric, I was able to just cut it in half to create two 54″ x 36″ panels.

a cut piece of floral fabric for the cafe curtains

4. Measure, press, and sew.

I opted to start with the side edges of my rectangular panels. I measured in one inch from each side and tucked the fabric under, pinned it in place, and used my iron to press it down.

the edge of the fabric pinned before sewing

I then used my sewing machine to stitch it into place– even I can manage a straight line! 🙂

5. Measure, press, and sew again.

I repeated the process on the top and bottom edges. I left a 1 1/2″ seam at the top of my curtain and a 2 1/2″ seam at the bottom.

showing the stitched seams of the curtain

Since my bottom seam was wider, I stitched it in two different spots to make sure it stayed in place.

If you’re more of a visual learner (like me!), here’s what my final panels looked like from the back:

labeled diagram of the stitches on the curtain fabric

6. Attach the clips to the curtains and hang.

SO easy, ya’ll! And I didn’t even break the machine. Win. 🙂 When I finished sewing both panels, the were ready to be hung!

close up of DIY cafe curtains hanging in the kitchen window

True, our kitchen doesn’t have countertops yet… or a sink… or a working dishwasher… but it has cute curtains, which is totally more important, right?! 😉

diy cafe curtains hanging on the kitchen window

Thanks so much for following along! Have a wonderful week!

DIY Cafe Curtains: Frequently Asked Questions

Because we want the curtains to look full, it’s best to go with 1.5 to 2 times the width of the window. If that looks like too much fabric, we can always trim it but remember you can’t add it back!

Cafe curtains are perfect for bathrooms and kitchens because they allow privacy where it’s needed (on the bottom half of the window) but still let’s in natural sunlight through the top panes.

This is a personal preference! Make cafe curtains fit any window where you would like privacy but still let that bright the sunshine come through.

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21 Comments

  1. Very cute fabric! Congrats on your curtains!

  2. Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential says:

    This project looks quite simple and I love the fabric. Thanks for sharing!

  3. These are SO super cute Abby! LOVE the fabric!!!

  4. Love this!! Great project and LOVE the visual instructions.

  5. Lindsey@tfdstyle says:

    Great fabric choice! Just the right amount of color-I love it!

  6. Very cute! And from another non-sewer, great job braving the machine – they look perfect!

  7. Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    Now that totally sounds like something I would do…skip the main needs and focus on the pretty details lol. They turned out super cute!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I mean, it’s the pretty stuff that’s important, so it only makes sense, right?! 😉 Thank you, friend!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Laura @ The Turquoise Home says:

    I have been eyeing this fabric for a long time just waiting for the perfect place to put it! I’m thinking it *may* make an appearance in my upcoming office makeover. We’ll see. 🙂 I also have a sewing aversion, so I completely understand. Good job, though. They turned out great!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I love this fabric! It was nice to me, so hopefully it will be nice to you too. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your new office!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Leah Sannar says:

    I love how those turned out, and the fabric is still amazing. :o) I am currently working on a couple pillows, so I will join this link party next week! Can’t wait!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Leah! Can’t wait to see your pillows!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Tara @ Anything & Everything says:

    Love the fabric and how super easy these curtains are to make! Super cute!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Tara! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  11. I love how super-simple these are to make and beautiful to look at, too. What a cheerful frame when you see the view from your window.

    Thanks for the easy tutorial!

    Lauree

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Lauree! You are the sweetest! Have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Krista @ the happy housie says:

    Super cute Abby! I love love love that fabric!!

  13. What hardware did you See to hang the curtain?

    1. justagirlabby says:
  14. Your curtains are beautiful. Love the fabric. Is the fabric machine washable?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Annette! We haven’t lived in this house for a few years now, but I believe that the fabric was machine washable from what I can remember. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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