Monday, May 6, 2013

A New Look ~ Dish-Towel Curtains

I've been itching for a change of scenery around my kitchen window.  My window is over the sink and, as you can imagine, it is my window on the world.  From time to time, I like a change.  I've kind of been longing for open windows and curtains blowing in the breeze.  I knew I wanted something light-weight -- and something that would work for a valance as well as a cafe' style bottom tier.  I wanted to get a little creative and "different" with little-to-no sewing, and so I thought of dish-towels.  There are so many pretty patterns out there.  The problem is, many are sold in 4-packs with four DIFFERENT patterns or solids.  That doesn't help when it comes to making curtains, though.  On the other hand, if I bought single dish towels, they tend to be more expensive -- and since I like to change up my curtains from time to time, I'm not usually looking to spend a lot.

The other day I was strolling through Target (I know -- just feign surprise, would ya?), and I noticed this pack of 30" x 30" gauze-y dishtowels and thought they might be just the ticket.  At $3.99 for a set of four, I couldn't go wrong.  RIGHT?

I already had some cafe' rings and a tension-rod that I'd used in this window before -- so I was all set.  The 30" towels were long for the bottom section of my window, so I merely folded the top edge over, estimating where to put the cafe' rings so there were no huge gaps.  I estimated on where to fold the towel too.  I just held it up and eyeballed it, clipping it into the cafe' rings as I went.  I'm pretty sure some of these cafe' rings have been lost over the years, because I only had a grand total of 9 -- which meant I could use an even FOUR on each side.  I wasn't sure if that would be enough, but I DO like the end result.  It gives a "looser," and less tailored look. 

As for the top valance, I simply folded the remaining two dish-towels in half, and placed them over a wide tension rod.  I spread each towel along the rod in ruffle-style, and had them meet in the middle.  Admittedly, these dish-towels are not perfectly square.  As I pressed them, I realized this -- so I was prepared for imperfection as I hung them.  I tweeked them here and there, but you can see that the result is a casual, unstructured look.  Just what I was going for!

It's a PERFECTly fresh new look for spring and summer -- and I can tell you that I've already gotten my $3.99 out of the project!!!  I am so tickled with the result!    

I started and completed this project on Friday night.  So easy.  I took these pictures on Saturday morning when the sunlight was streaming into my kitchen, and a gentle breeze was blowing.  I love the light that is cast on the room as the sun lights the room through the wispy towels, and I love how they move in the breeze.  This simple project really gives a whole different look to the room!

FOUR dish-towels for curtains = $3.99
The smile on my face when I walk into my kitchen each morning = PRICELESS.


  1. How cute and so clever! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea :) Have a great week!

    Hugs to you!

  2. So pretty! Love the quality of light that flows through that cloth.

    Thanks for the visit today xox

  3. OK, I really like that look! So perfect and soft for summer. Something about white curtains with a little breeze blowing through them. :)

  4. I love this look too! Especially when there's a gentle breeze. Simple, and I think it's sort of timeless.

  5. Oh I love them, they look so fresh and wonderful blowing in the breeze. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.
    Hugs, Marty

  6. They are very fresh and clean looking and the price is just right, thanks for the tip!

  7. Love your new curtains - they are lovely. I found your blog through A Stroll Thru Life - Inspire Me Tuesday. I have link a post to there from my blog, #199, Patty - I didn't mean to call it Patty (haha) it is about Trumeau mirrors. Hope you get a chance to stop by my blog at:


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