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How to Make a Tablecloth Curtain

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Summary: Whip up an elegant window covering from vintage textiles. Turn vintage linens into unique curtains of different styles and sizes for nearly every room in the house. Whether you are moving into a new space, or staying put and giving your space a new look, try this technique from Jennie Archer Atwood.  Supplement older material with newer, stronger background fabrics to support the more delicate materials from the past. Here, a vintage tablecloth becomes a fabulous curtain. The two layers join only at the top, which makes them come together more quickly, and gives them, a light, breezy quality. Jennie Archer Atwood shows you how a vintage tablecloth becomes a fabulous curtain in this article from Quick Stuff to Sew Vol.3.


I had just moved into my new home and was pondering window-treatment options when a friend offered seemingly obvious advice: use what you love. So I turned to my vintage linen pile and began to create unique curtains in different styles and sizes for nearly every room in the house. In each case, I supplemented older material with newer, stronger background fabrics to support the more delicate materials from the past. Here, a vintage tablecloth becomes a fabulous curtain. The two layers join only at the top, which makes them come together more quickly, and gives them, a light, breezy quality.

Prep the tablecloth and underlayer

Part of the charm of vintage textiles is their imperfection. Check your tablecloth (or vintage linen) for worn spots, stains, and rips. You may need to use a little elbow-grease get it into its best condition.tablecloth curtain underlayer

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