I vintage apron
Matching Dual Duty XP sewing thread
Additional fabric for a “new” pocket
Sulky 40 wt. Rayon decorative thread, assorted colors
Sulky Tear Easy stabilizer
Tip: Spot-clean and/or hand-wash the apron before making the curtain.
Tip: Use a press cloth or clean white dish towel when pressing, especially if the fabric is delicate.
Tip: Use a lint roller or strong tape to swipe up loose threads when ripping out the seams.
Stitching up a “café” valence is as easy as finding a cute apron and a spare half hour of your time. Bonus--most of the hems are already done!
- Starting with a clean apron, gently remove all the waistband stitching and any gathering stitches.
- Press the apron to remove any wrinkles.
- Press the upper apron edge 1/2" to the back side.
- Fold the pressed edge 2" again to the back side, press.
- Stitch across the apron close to the fold. If any embellishments (such as a pocket) are in the way of the stitching, remove them prior to stitching.
- Re-stitch any embellishments, pockets, and such that you removed, placing them where you like. Or create a new pocket or trim using machine embroidery for a coordinating “new” touch.
- Press the curtain again to remove any wrinkles. 8. Run rod through opening, hang curtain.
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