When I was first married and raising my family, I made do with the resources I had. Since I was a stay-at-home mom, I had to be creative since we only had one income. So when we moved into our first house, I sewed all the curtains myself. The easiest curtains to make were café curtains. Today I’m taking a little trip down nostalgia lane to revisit the charm of these simple yet pretty window dressings.
The kitchen curtains above have sweet little pom-pom trim at the edge, which I love. The pattern is cute, too. Honestly, I loved looking at fabrics and mixing and matching colors and patterns when sewing curtains (or anything for that matter). I miss it.
I’ve never been a fan of heavy curtains at the window. I like to keep the views open and allow as much natural light into a room as possible. Café curtains are perfect for accomplishing this. The curtain rings are a nice touch to this entryway’s window treatment.
Note how sunlight is allowed to shine through the top half of the window, while the horizontally-striped curtains add privacy where needed in this beautiful English country bathroom. Love this whole room!
Another way to make cafe curtains unique is to sew fabric ties for the curtain rod. If you don’t want to create these ties from the same fabric, you can use grosgrain ribbon or similar in a corresponding color.
If you’re the ambitious type, you could swap out curtains to match the seasons. Just choose fabrics that correspond with the time of year. It’s a quick and affordable way to change the look of a room.
See how nice a room looks when part of the windows are left bare? Maybe it’s a bit too barren for you, but I like the look. We all have our own tastes but I’m really vibing on simple curtains right now. I might just need to sew something up for our dining room and/or kitchen.
If you’re not the sewing type, you can find plenty of café curtains to purchase online. Check out my selection of affordable favorites: