The day Mila was born I was definitely nesting. I cleaned and organized our front closet, cooked and froze a batch of soup, and finished some kitchen curtains. I’m so glad I finished our kitchen curtains now that it’s really hot in Los Angeles.

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The afternoon sun beats in our back kitchen windows and heats up our kitchen by several degrees. Since I wanted to block out the sun I lined the curtains with a blackout fabric. I cut up some old Pottery Barn Kids curtains that I had and repurposed the blackout lining.

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The curtain fabric is from IKEA and is perfect because it has birdies on it. Our kitties spend a large part of their day sitting at these windows staring outside at the birds.

The only thing about these curtains that I don’t love is that if I want to open them, they don’t stay open very well because of how they hang on the rods. For my next curtains I think I would construct the top differently (I copied the construction from the old Pottery Barn Kids curtains).  For now, I’m just going to sew some tie backs that I can use when I want them open.

Do you have a favorite curtain pattern/tutorial that you use to make lined curtains? If so, please share!

– Erica

3 thoughts on “Birdies

  1. Hey Erica: I really like the Singer Sewing Reference Library, “Sewing for the Home,” “More Sewing for the Home,” and others. They are out of print but can be found easily on Amazon for really cheap. Great illustrations/lots of pics.

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