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Raffia Window Curtain

A series of small, tufted raffia bow ties, stitched with matching thread onto a sheer curtain, instantly raises a window's sunniness quotient.




  • Raffia
  • Sheer curtains
  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen
  • Sewing needles
  • Iron (if using synthetic raffia)


  1. Step 1

    Using a disappearing-ink fabric pen, draw a wavy vertical line on a curtain, starting directly below the rod pocket.

  2. Step 2

    Stitch over the line (thread and raffia should match), using a sewing machine and a 1/4-inch-wide satin stitch.

  3. Step 3

    Using the disappearing-ink fabric pen, mark the stitched line at 4-inch intervals. Lay 5 strands of raffia (4 inches each) on the first interval. Sew directly over center of strands to create a raffia bow tie. Repeat process, placing raffia strands at each interval and sewing into place.

  4. Step 4

    Trim raffia if desired. If using synthetic raffia, hold an iron about 5 inches from each bow tie, and press steam button to fluff raffia and give it a fuller appearance.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2008



Reviews (12)

  • daisp 4 Aug, 2010

    Small minds with no imagination...

  • daisp 4 Aug, 2010

    Small minds with no imagination...

  • sandyelliott 18 Apr, 2009

    It would be great in a child's room!

  • susanpalmer 17 Apr, 2009

    I think this could be really cute, especially with different colors of gingham ribbon or even leaves to look like a vine. These ideas are for us to use our own creativity to adapt them to our own tastes.

  • Aunt2Jaymz 17 Apr, 2009

    Sewing grass to a curtain...... this isn't Martha-worthy. It's something I might expect at a commune......

  • MontyDane 17 Apr, 2009

    A little too '60's crafty thing going on here. Agree with LucyD 'not feeling this one either'. Not 'Martha Worthy'...LOOKs like a 'craft'!

  • LucyD 17 Apr, 2009

    Agreed, not feeling this one either.

  • StarryArts 17 Apr, 2009

    i love it

  • euni 17 Apr, 2009

    This might work in my travel trailer but not in my home. A agree. This is not one of the better ideas.

  • Anna_Marie 17 Apr, 2009

    not really feeling this one...sorry

  • DebsSweet 19 Jun, 2008

    I agree Kiersten! Although rafia might look ok in a rustic home -- definitely not mine though

  • KierstenNielsen 19 Jun, 2008

    I don't really like the rafia at all, but it could be altered a bit and done with ribbons or something. That would be nice