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Ribbon-Striped Sheer Curtains


Inexpensive and ubiquitous, store-bought sheers will save you precious time and money by serving as the canvas for your creative additions.


  • Cotton-voile sheers
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape
  • Organza ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and thread


  1. Step 1

    Fold curtain lengthwise in accordion pleats of equal width (ours were about 8 inches); iron creases.

  2. Step 2

    Measure the length of the curtain, and cut ribbon to the same length plus 10 inches.

  3. Step 3

    Center ribbon over creases and pin, leaving 7 inches at top for curtain tabs and 3 inches at bottom for hem.

  4. Step 4

    Fold 3 inches of ribbon over at bottom of curtain; iron. Fold 4 inches of ribbon over at top to create tabs; iron.

  5. Step 5

    Stitch curtains along bottom and top to secure hem and tabs. Stitch along both sides of ribbons lengthwise.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2004

Reviews (1)

  • Martha Honig 18 May, 2012

    I love sheer curtains. They are a must in urban living. Sheer curtains let in light but give you a bit of privacy in apartment living. I think you can make these sheer curtains for cheap and there sure are beautiful!