This linen curtain is brilliant in its simplicity, thanks to the small loops tacked onto its lower corners.

reversible linen curtain
CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Leave the shade down to keep a room cool, or flip it up and attach the loops to hooks you've screwed into the sides of the window frame. You'll let in light and reveal a pretty contrasting color, no cords needed.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Measure the width and length of the window. Add approximately 2" to allow for hemming at the top. For bottom and sides add 1/2."

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Step 2

Wash and dry the linen to preshrink it before sewing. Iron out all creases and wrinkles.

Step 3

Cut the linen to size.

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Step 4

Fold over the raw side edge of the linen by 1/4" to the wrong side and press with an iron. Fold over again by a further 1/4" and press again. Pin, then stitch the hem down. Repeat for the other side seam and the bottom.

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Step 5

To make the curtain rod pocket, fold over the top edge of the linen to the wrong side by 1/2" and press with an iron. Fold over again by a further 1 1/2" and press again. Pin, then stitch the hem down.

Step 6

Cut two 3" pieces of twill tape. Double one piece of twill tape and, using a needle and thread, secure it onto the bottom corner of raw side of the panel with a few stitches. Repeat using the remaining twill tape on the opposite bottom corner.

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Step 7

Slip the curtain rod through the pocket. Fit the rod in the top of window frame.

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Step 8

Screw cup hooks into window frame, a little less than halfway up. Slip curtain loops onto cup hooks to raise the shade and reveal the contrasting color.

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