How To Make Easy Cafe Curtains

Written by Mary Wilkins

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1. Takerepparttar 3" wide strip and press one long edge under 1/4". Foldrepparttar 116263 pressed edge overrepparttar 116264 opposite raw edge and stitch downrepparttar 116265 entire length. Press, centering seam inrepparttar 116266 middle ofrepparttar 116267 strip. Cut this strip into 6" pieces.

2. Press under 1" on either side of cafe panel. Turn and press again another 1". Press and stitch down. These are your side hems.

3. Dorepparttar 116268 same torepparttar 116269 4" strip. This is your cafe heading.

4. Fold 6" loops in half widthwise. Keep seam line on underside. Place one at each end of panel top. Decide how far apart you wantrepparttar 116270 loops. Placing raw edges of loops even with raw edges of panel, pin each loop in place. Make sure they are evenly spaced.

5. Right sides together, pin heading on top of panel and loops.

6. Sew across heading and loops using 1/2" seam allowance.

7. Flip heading to wrong side of panel. Stitch down sides and bottom edge.

8. Turn up bottom hem 3" and press. It is important that your hem be straight. Turn againrepparttar 116271 width ofrepparttar 116272 first turn and stitch down.

That's it. You are finished your cafe curtain. They can really brighten up any kitchen with lively fabrics and a little effort.

Mary Wilkins is the mother of 3 grown children and the grandmother of 6 perfect grandchildren. She is also the owner/editor of

5 Ways In Which You Can Make Simple Changes To Your Home Decorating

Written by Bonnie P. Carrier

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4. Collectibles Bring a Personal Touch to Home Decorating

Collectibles can be anything involving three or more ofrepparttar same thing, or items that are related. This can include porcelain dolls, Christmas villages, collector plates and who can resist those adorable little faces of Boyds Bears. Maybe items with a nostalgic feel like tin lunchboxes, cookie jars or salt & peppershakers stir up special memories of childhood

5. Updating Your Furniture

One ofrepparttar 116262 easiest ways to accomplish this is with slipcovers; they come in a large variety of colors and patterns. Pieces like end tables, hutches or even a dinning table and chairs can be refinished for a new look. One way is with paint. Pick a color to coordinate with your room or choose something bright and whimsical. Another option would be to use stain, stains come in a multitude of shades; they can also come in colors.

So, if you are ready to give some decorating a go, try these basic changes to start. Over time, more things can be changed but for right now, simple changes can make a big difference

Bonnie is the mother of 2 grown daughters and 4yr old Toby (her spoiled Blue Merle Sheltie). She is also the creator of Savvy Home Decorating a site filled with information and tips to help you achieve your own home decorating. Stop by for a visit at

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