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New Curtains


In "The Sound of Music," Maria used curtains to make dresses. This is our twist on that idea: Turn a vintage tablecloth into a charming curtain. You don't even have to stitch a channel into it for a curtain rod if you don't want to ruin the original design.


  • Tablecloth
  • Ribbon or string
  • Pushpin or nail


  1. Step 1

    Hang the cloth over the rod, letting about a foot of material hang in the front; the scrunched fabric caught between window frame and rod should keep the cloth from slipping off.

  2. Step 2

    Tie it back with ribbon or string affixed to the frame with a pushpin or nail.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2004