A series of small, tufted raffia bow ties, stitched with matching thread onto a sheer curtain, instantly raises a window's sunniness quotient.
Martha Stewart Living, June 2008
Using a disappearing-ink fabric pen, draw a wavy vertical line on a curtain, starting directly below the rod pocket.
Stitch over the line (thread and raffia should match), using a sewing machine and a 1/4-inch-wide satin stitch.
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.
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.