Project Design Team Wednesday~French Country Cafe Curtain

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Budget Conscious?
Then you may love this idea for  indoor or outdoor DECOR.
I LOVE GINGHAM, so much so, I have started
collecting RED GINGHAM dishes ( Dillards) ....I have quite a few gifted pieces
 for our outdoor cafe....
SOOOOO when RBD came out with their very fresh collection, I could not 
stop thinking about all the projects I would make with their gingham.
I am in LOVE With is a love affair...
WE are love BIRDS, hence les tourtereaux in French....
WE spend a lot of time outdoors on our deck that is complete
with 3 very large umbrellas. So we are very secluded from neighbours ( whom we adore) 
and rain ( which we don't) ....OUR cafe  is complete with it's own privacy curtain 
and it serves 2 purposes, privacy  and has a very fresh FRENCH look...
Which is great since I am FRENCH..
So thanks to RBD for trusting me - to share some trade secrets on 
an inexpensive decor treat for the summer....
Ok, in case you are hungry I baked us a butterscotch meringue pie...
A French Favourite...not too sweet, more creamy than sweet! 
and I will be serving a black tea with milk. 
JOIN me will you! 

For this FRENCH COUNTRY Cafe curtain you will need the following..
Depending on how long your window-the rule of thumb
is double your length. 
16 -18 inch wide is perfect width for a cafe curtain..inside or outside.
MY sitting area is 5.5 feet wide, so I ordered
a piece of burlap from 
16 inches wide by 108 inches long.
Cost $11.00
YOU can order any width and length and you have
the option to have your edges finished...
I suggest having them finish it for you....they have the machines
and their cuts are exact....
I used 1.5 yards of RBD RED gingham for the casing( where the rod goes through) 
and ruffle( bottom of cafe curtain) 
 and some ribbon in my case 110 inches in length. 
Ohhh and 2 fat quarters of any colour of fabric for your silhouettes.
Something to note about BURLAP! 

           BURLAP is lubricated with  Linseed oil  as it is a natural fibre...
Weaving  this natural fibre it would be impossible to loom. The Burlap would get stuck on the needles..
So there is an odor but it's not offensive....very earthy smell....It most certainly can be used indoors too..
however I have a deck that is well covered and each season I make a cafe curtain...Last year I made
it from  RBD Laminates...this year BURLAP. 
I have tried many Burlaps on the Market, this company has the best choices
as well their PRICES are excellent. Their customer service has my SEAL ON IT...
( must make one, you know a seal of approval) Will work on that !

Let's continue on making your very own cafe curtain...

I drew this bird and mirrored it for you in case you want her facing each other...
I chose one on the right and the others facing left...
Silhouette Pattern to print and trace...
make it any size you like...
this is on a page 8.5 x 11
I printed them out approx.
3.5 inches tall 4 inches wide...

I have a light box from autograph, makes my job so much easier
I have a fairly large one, so it is great for drawing
multiple projects. 
Traced on Wonder Under from Pellon! 
I traced 5 birds and chose a dark black fabric
and ironed on my wonder under  and cut them all out and set aside ...
Meanwhile, get your iron out and press with steam
your Burlap want it laying as flat as you can..
It will make it easier when you are adding a casing and ruffle. 
AS the runner is 108 inches long I cut 112 inches of gingham fabric
that were 4 inches wide.
This will be your casing for your rod!
I find ripping gingham fabric much easier than cutting
as I am sure the fabric will be straight and it is ...
I know we are taught to cut....
YOU can use your rotary if you must...
but pssst this is quicker...
Now stitch 1/2 inch seam
from one end to the other...
fold in ends of gingham 1 above..
Now time for ruffles....your casing is done....
Cut more 4 inch strips the length of your curtain x 3...
so in my case I ripped 108 x 3 , I like my ruffles full....
WE are going to hem the bottom of the 1/4 inch
then fold over, press again and stitch close to the left side...
you just want to stitch as close to the edge as you can.
Use the gingham as your guide...
Now we are ready to add ruffles..
no tool required, just your fingers and some

Start with 2 pleats, sew over them, stop,
make 2 get your are
going to do this step together...with me....
photos will show you....
( use 1/4 inch seam)

Now let's add the ribbon, this will hide your unfinished ruffled edge.
Go slowly. YOU do not want to pick out threads our of your Burlap...
It stretches the weave!

Be sure to check underneath, you will note you are covering
your unfinished edge, this will be important when we add
it to the finished edge of your burlap.

Place your rod through casing and pin where your birds will go....
better to see it on the rod all full then trying to do it flat....
If birds are not your thing, you could always
add letters and add your favourite quote...

Translation , Life is Beautiful! 
I wish I had more time to show you what I will be doing with 
the table cover...but I am out of time....
Yes you guessed will have ruffles too! 
So for under $30.00 you too can have a lovely French setting....
Burlap with Gingham....such LOVE BIRDS.
I so appreciate YOU RBD, YOU who loves to sew
and YOU for loving anything Gingham!
Networked-Innovative- Committed-Empowered.

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Just love this idea!
    by Missy Evans
    May 15th, 2013 at 7:05 a.m.
  2. Fantastic tutorial, and lesson on Burlap. I want to come over for pie!
    by Cindy
    May 15th, 2013 at 7:26 a.m.
  3. Looks so easy. The red gingham is perfect for indoors & out. Great tutorial. I want a piece of pie too!
    by Corrie
    May 15th, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
  4. Love the curtain, but where's the recipe for the Butterscotch pie??? :)
    by Jenn
    May 15th, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.
  5. Wonderful tutorial, thank you the burlap looks great with the gingham.
    by Mara
    May 16th, 2013 at 12:37 a.m.
  6. Well now I'm craving pie and burlap. How cute. I took my old curtains down to wash last year and never put them back up. Think I'll make these. Thanks for sharing.
    by Debbie
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

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