After a few snips and stitches, you'll see tea towels in a whole new light.
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tea towel curtains hanging in bright window
Dane Tashima

If your hunt for a window treatment to fit a tricky space has you ready to throw in the towel, try sewing several together instead. That's how we created this chic and simple café curtain. Cut an assortment of same-size dishcloths (we used semi-sheer linen ones) up the middle, and hem the raw edges; then mix and match the panels, alternating prints and colors. When you find a combo that works, stitch the sections together and attach the finished curtain to a simple rod for a custom creation that's easy—and breezy.

Styling by Lorna Aragon; Illustrations by Brown Bird Design

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

tea towel curtain step 1
Step 1

Measure the height and width of the window to determine how many towels you'll need. Cut each towel in half lengthwise. Fold over the raw edges 1/2 inch; hem.

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tea towel curtain step 2
Step 2

Lay the panels out on a flat surface to test designs. Pin them in the configuration you choose, and sew them together along the long edges.

tea towel curtain step 3
Step 3

Secure the rod to the window frame. Add clip rings along the top of the curtain and attach.

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