Sewing your own cafe curtains is a great beginner project. A pair of cafe curtains adds a touch of whimsy to a kitchen or bathroom window. They'll give you some privacy while still letting light into the top portion of the window. This project can be completed within an afternoon, so it's a great way to spend a rainy weekend day.
Pick out a lightweight cotton fabric for the curtains. Keep the color scheme of the room in mind when choosing the fabric. Solid colors, gingham or stripes will all make great curtains. Use a thread that matches the fabric to sew them. You'll need a sewing machine, straight pins, measuring tape and scissors to complete the project.
Hang a curtain rod in the middle of the window. Measure the inside width of the window as well as the height from the middle of the window, where the curtain rod will hang, to the top of the sill. Cut two pieces of fabric. They will measure the width of the window wide. Their length will be the height from the rod to the sill plus 6 inches for the hem and the rod pocket.
Fold the sides of each piece of fabric over half an inch, then over another half an inch. Pin along the sides, then sew to hem. Fold the bottom of each fabric piece up 1 inch, then up another inch. Pin and stitch along the bottom.
Make the curtain rod pocket by folding the top edge of each piece of fabric down 1 inch. Fold down another 3 inches, then pin in place. Stitch along the edge, then sew another row of stitches 2 inches above the first row to make a pocket. Slide the finished curtains onto a curtain rod and hang in the window.