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Ribbon-Striped Sheer 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.


  • Cotton-voile sheers

  • Iron

  • Measuring tape

  • Organza ribbon

  • Scissors

  • Straight pins

  • Needle and thread


  1. Fold curtain lengthwise in accordion pleats of equal width (ours were about 8 inches); iron creases.

  2. Measure the length of the curtain, and cut ribbon to the same length plus 10 inches.

  3. Center ribbon over creases and pin, leaving 7 inches at top for curtain tabs and 3 inches at bottom for hem.

  4. Fold 3 inches of ribbon over at bottom of curtain; iron. Fold 4 inches of ribbon over at top to create tabs; iron.

  5. Stitch curtains along bottom and top to secure hem and tabs. Stitch along both sides of ribbons lengthwise.

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