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Button-Up Window Shade

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2002


  • French ticking

  • Raw linenĀ 

  • Twill tape

  • Buttons


  1. Measure inside of window frame, and use dimensions to cut one piece of ticking and one of linen.

  2. Place right sides together; pin along sides. Cut three 4-inch lengths of twill tape for loops.

  3. Fold ticking and linen outward 1/2 inch along the bottom, and press.

  4. Position loops on ticking fold, one at center and at each corner; machine-stitch back and forth to reinforce.

  5. Leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew up the shade's two sides.

  6. Turn right side out. Draw out loops; sew bottom shut.

  7. To finish top opening: Fold linen and ticking inward 1/2 inch; press, and sew closed 1/4 inch from edge.

  8. For curtain-rod channel, make a second seam across top, 1 1/2 inches from the first. Open channel's side seams with a seam ripper. Place two rows of buttons -- three at the top and three halfway down the shade -- so they align with loops, and hand-sew them on.

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