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Linen-Trim Curtains

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2004


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

Create tone-on-tone sophistication by trimming silk-organza sheers with linen in a slightly deeper shade. Green linen panels on silk-organza sheers give just the right touch of color to a living room dressed in neutral hues. You'll need sheers that measure the height of your windows, plus an extra 14 inches or more for the flounce; a band of linen at the bottom will extend your curtains to the floor.


  • Silk-organza sheers

  • Linen

  • Measuring tape

  • Scissors

  • Iron

  • Straight pins

  • Needle and thread

  • Hook rings


  1. Start by adding the top linen trim: Cut a strip of linen equal to the width of the curtain plus 1 inch and double the height of the top hemmed channel plus 1 inch. Fold in all edges 1/2 inch; iron. Fold in half lengthwise; iron. Sandwich the strip over the curtain's channel; pin in place, and stitch.

  2. To create a flounce, fold down the top edge of the curtain about 14 inches; iron. Sew hook rings to the fold, about 6 inches apart.

  3. Add the bottom linen panel: Cut linen to the width of the sheer plus 2 inches, and the height from the windowsill to the floor plus 4 inches. Fold 1/2 inch along top edge; iron. Pin the folded edge to the sheer, centering the linen panel to leave 1 inch on each side; stitch in place. Fold side edges in 1/2 inch, then 1/2 inch again; iron, and stitch in place. Fold bottom edge up 1/2 inch, then 3 inches; iron, pin, and stitch in place.

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