Friday, August 10, 2012

diy hankie curtain

I've been having a major itch to fix up my kitchen a bit.  Since we are renters, there's not a lot we can do.  I would love to paint the cabinets (or change them out altogether) but that's not going to be ok.  So I had to come up with a few creative solutions to make the kitchen a little nicer.  One of the projects I worked on was this little hankie curtain to cover our hideous light over the sink.  See?  Hideous.
It was a bare bulb when we moved in, so I guess our $10 light fixture is somewhat of an upgrade.  But I wanted to cover that, too.  I picked up few vintage hankies while out thrifting, and I had the rest of the items on hand, so it was a cheap, quick, AND easy project.  My favorite kind!  Here's what I used.
I folded the hankies into triangles, and did a quick press with the iron so that they would hang over the rod easily.  Next I just adjusted the hankies on the rod to where I liked them.  I found it easiest to pre-hang the rod, but down where my short arms could easily reach.  I overlapped them to provide complete coverage of the hideous light.
Then I took my needle and thread and made little "x" stitches at about 4 different places where the hankies overlap.  This helps keep the hankies from sliding off.  I pulled the needle from the back so that my knot wouldn't show in front.
Then I hung the rod where the light would be completely covered, and that was it!  Easy.

I also love the glow of the light through the hankies, too!
I think this turned out pretty sweet.  I also think it would make a darling valance in a girl's room, right?  And you can see I added some chalkboard paper to my cabinets, which is so fun!  I'll show you the rest of my little mini-makeover next week.  The kitchen is a happier place with just a few little touch ups.


  1. I love it!! What a fantastic look-- very clever girl!

  2. Very sweet! I have been claiming I'm going to make curtains for our kitchen for close to a year now... but sewing is much more challenging than I thought it would be (and obviously I'm not investing a great deal of time). Good for you pulling this off so quickly and looking forward to seeing the rest.

  3. Looks great with the light shining behind! Smart thinking!

  4. That is so cute. I love it. Very creative.


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