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