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Simple Bathroom Shade

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Tape measure or ruler

  • Scissors

  • 1 yard open linen mesh

  • 1 yard matching solid linen

  • Pins

  • 2 picture hangers or 2 small cup hooks


  1. Measure your window frame. Cut each piece of the linen to the width plus half of the height of the window, adding a 3/4 inch all around for a seam allowance and an additional 1/2 inch in length to the mesh linen. Pin the two pieces right sides together so that the mesh linen forms the top half and the thicker linen the bottom.

  2. Machine-sew the two rectangles together, using a 3/8 inch seam allowance, and trim the seam allowance close to the stitch line. Finish the raw edge with a zigzag stitch. Fold the panels at the seams, wrong sides together, and press the fabric along the seam. Pin along the stitching.

  3. Sew along the edge with the 3/8-inch seam allowance; this traps the rough edges inside the seams. Unfold the panels, and press the finished seam toward the heavier linen.

  4. Topstitch the seam in place, 3/8 inch in from the edge of the seam.

  5. Hem all sides of the curtain by turning and pressing a 1/4-inch seam allowance, then turning and pressing another 1/2 inch. Pin and sew each side close to the edge.

  6. This curtain is stationary and is held in place using ties sewn onto each of the top corners. To create ties, use one strip of solid linen measuring 2 by 27 inches for each corner. Fold and press a 1/4 inch in on all sides, then fold and press the strip in half, lengthwise. Pin and sew close to the three open edges. Fold the strip in half, press the crease, and pin the fold to the top corner of the curtain. Repeat for opposite side. Sew in place.

  7. Using needlepoint thread, hand-stitch small loops to each of the bottom corners at the front of the curtain. If you fold the curtain up, these will hold it in place.

  8. Install the picture hangers or hooks to the top of the window frame, and knot the ties so that the curtain hangs in place.

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