How To Make Cafe Curtains And Valances? Facts You Should Know!

How to make cafe curtains and valances? First, you will go through the process of preparing, measuring, cutting, sewing and hanging.

These are just a few simple steps so, why not learn how to make it?

I once wrote an article about what a café curtain is.

It is a simple way to conserve fabrics while having the right amount of privacy.

Well, café curtains can not only be found in coffee shops but also in our homes. For example, my grandma has this style of curtain.


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Café Curtains And Valances

Café curtains and valances are two different types of the curtain.

Nevertheless, they are a great combination of window treatments.


Café Curtains

Café curtain is a type of curtain that differs in size from the regular curtains that we usually use.

Although café curtains are similar to kitchen curtains, they are short in size and are commonly attached at the middle portion of the window.

They may not cover the whole window, but they offer the right amount of privacy needed inside while having outside still visible.


Advantages Of Café Curtains

Café curtains may bring some advantages and benefits also. Here are some of them:


#1. Versatile

You can place it in any window of your home.

May it be in the kitchen, living room, or even the windows beside your doors.


#2. Looks good in different settings

May it is of a different genre or theme, café curtains will go smooth with the color shades provide they complement the hues of the walls and decors.


#3. Simple

Yes, it is simple yet adds sophistication and smoothness to the window.


#4. Less fabric usage

Since café curtains are smaller than regular curtains, it is a great way to save up the fabric you have.


Disadvantages Of Café Curtains

Here are some disadvantages of café curtains:


#1. UV rays

Since it will be shorter than the regular curtains, it could not guarantee 100% protection against the sun’s UV rays that pass through the window.


#2. Partial coverage

It offers less privacy than the regular curtains, but they offer the right amount of privacy that is needed inside while allowing a view of the outside.



On the other hand, valances are the piece of fabric you commonly hang at the top of the rod to hide it.

It adds a little impact and defines the window beautifully.

Simple valances are commonly used, but you can also add other styles of valances.

Well, adding valances can be done anytime and in any window as long as you have a piece of fabric that could go well with your curtain or window.


Why Add Valances

Here are some reasons why you should add valances to your window.


#1. Addition weight and dimension

Adding details and an illusion that your window is wide will leave a nice impression, especially when receiving guests in your living room.

It adds uniqueness to your curtain.

So if you are craving an interior designer for your home, then go ahead and start with this one.


#2. Less expensive than roman shades

Having valances can help you save up your expenses than having to purchase a roman shade.

I mean, let’s be practical. A real blackout curtain may cost you more than what you need.

Adding valances could reduce those expenses while providing you with the same benefit as what those expensive blackout curtains could offer.


The Making Of Café Curtains And Valances

How to make cafe curtains and valances?

Here are a few simple steps in making valances and café curtains:


#1. Prepare

Plan and prepare the necessary tools needed for the project.

That includes your fabric, rods, sewing kit and/or sewing machine, and creative minds.

Prior knowledge about basic sewing is preferred, but if you don’t have any, you could try using iron-on tape for non-sewing curtain activities.


#2. Measure

With the use of a tape measure, measure the window’s dimension.

The measurement of the café curtains will be different from the valances.


Café curtain measurement

You will have to measure from the middle half of the window crosswise down to the bottom of the window.

The length of the curtain may differ depending on the desired length. But it is usually from the middle of the window to the window sill.


Valance measurement

The measurement for the valance is just like the café curtain since they do not need to cover the windows.

Measure from the rod’s position to a fourth of the window. You could add more allowances if you want a lower valance.



The width of the valance and café curtains may be the same, depending on the curtain style.

In café curtains, a full look may require you twice the window’s width or thrice its width.

In valances, twice is also recommendable or 1.5 times the width for pleated valances.


#3. Cut and sew

Cut the fabric according to the measurements gathered. After cutting, sew the edges for a finer look.

If you don’t know or are lazy about sewing, adding hems with iron-on tape may be a good way.

All you need to do is purchase the iron-on tape.

Then, have a tape attached to one side of the fabric and place it together with the other side where it needs to be attached.

You will have to use a clothing iron to stick both sides together. After ironing the hems, it should be good now.


Hanging Café Curtains

The hanging method for café curtains is with the use of rods.

Therefore, it is recommended to use rods when it comes to café curtains and hooks to extend its usage.

On the other hand, valances will need to cover the rod above since it is the main purpose of adding valance.



Knowing how to make cafe curtains and valances may save you both budget and fabric.

Not only did you save from your expenses, but you saved up some resources as well.

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Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!


Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!


How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.


How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).


How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.


The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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