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« on: August 29, 2010 12:37:11 PM »

Our kitchen was a little bare, so crafty person that I am, I volunteered to make some kitchen curtains for the big window over the sink/stove. Of course, I can't actually sew, so I cheated just a tad. $9 of IKEA fabric, several feet of Steam-a-Seam, and less than a Praire Home Companion's worth of NPR later, ta-da:



(The right panel looks a little crooked only because of my jerry-rigged curtain rod.)

My problem, however, is fairly obvious. I did not measure the windows before purchasing the fabric, and the curtains aren't quite long enough to cover the whole window. My question for you, fellow crafty people, is this—should I
a) leave them at their present length;
b) shorten them so they're closer to half the height of the window rather than their present two-thirds-or-so; or
c) find some matching/corresponding fabric (I'm thinking plain white) and add an extra panel at the bottom so they're actually window-sized?

I've left the bottom edge unhemmed till I decide what to do. What do you think??
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2010 12:45:13 PM »

Hm...I would either add a panel to make them full length curtains or maybe just move the rods down so the hem hits the bottom of the window and the top of the window is exposed.

Cute fabric and way to be creative! Good job.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2010 12:56:27 PM »

Hm...I would either add a panel to make them full length curtains or maybe just move the rods down so the hem hits the bottom of the window and the top of the window is exposed.

Cute fabric and way to be creative! Good job.  Smiley

I agree. I would move the curtain rod down so the top half of the window is exposed. And then if you're still feeling creative, maybe add the white as a valance above.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2010 01:02:03 PM »

I agree with Lewre, too.  I would move the curtain rods down so that the bottom edge of the curtains touches the window sill.  You'll have privacy AND sunlight!  The blue definitely spruces up your kitchen!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2010 01:31:22 PM »

All of the curtains in my apartment hang at half mast so we can still get the lights, but I don't need to wear pants. I like the present length.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2010 01:42:26 PM »

I disagree with everyone!

I would either shorten them or leave them as is. If you lengthen them with a white bit of fabric, that is going to get gross from sink splatter. It would be less obviously dirty, if you just moved them down, but why bother? Looks great as is! My kitchen window/sink area looks pretty much exactly the same and our full length window covering are pretty constantly getting gross.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2010 02:20:55 PM »

I was going to say to just add white fabric to the bottom, b/c that they were too short was the first thing I did notice in the picture.  However, I never thought about them getting dirty from the sink-and they are pretty close to your stove too...why not just put some plants or water resistant artwork  Smiley on the windowsill?  That would close up the gap between the sill and the bottom of the curtain, and give you some privacy.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2010 04:32:44 PM »

Wow, thanks for the input, everyone! This is why I love Craftster—it hadn't even occurred to me to lower the curtains—and plants on the windowsill are a great idea too!

I think I'm going to hem the bottom edges and leave them where they are for the time being. My roommate rightly pointed out that lowering them would mean a lot of sun coming in the top gap—our kitchen is very sunny, which is part of the reason we needed curtains in the first place. There's a hedge right outside the window, so we're not too concerned about people being able to see in.

Then when I find some fabric I like for a valence on the top, I'll probably lower them and add the extra panels above. And if they end up getting scuzzy from sink/stove goo, I can always raise them again!

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2010 05:10:35 PM »

How about putting clear glass bottles on the window sill and filling them up with water and food coloring. That would add lots of color with the sun streaming in Wink
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