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Raffia Window Curtain

A series of small, tufted raffia bow ties, stitched with matching thread onto a sheer curtain, instantly raises a window's sunniness quotient.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2008


  • Raffia

  • Sheer curtains

  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen

  • Sewing needles

  • Iron (if using synthetic raffia)


  1. Using a disappearing-ink fabric pen, draw a wavy vertical line on a curtain, starting directly below the rod pocket.

  2. Stitch over the line (thread and raffia should match), using a sewing machine and a 1/4-inch-wide satin stitch.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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