Ok for you newbie sewers out there you may be asking "What is a cafe curtain?" Or "I can never make a curtain". Basically it is a panel and it is super easy! It can be a full panel covering the total window or a half panel, covering the lower half of the window. Just imagine a cafe in Paris and sitting at a table you can peer over the curtain to watch outside or put your head down and read a book without everyone watching you. A single panel is good for small windows. You can push it open by sliding it slightly or using a complementary tieback.
We have a door in our bedroom that goes out to the back yard. The door has a small window so we didn't want anything fancy for covering it up. We also wanted it to match the shade we got for our windows, a warm latte color. A cafe curtain was the perfect solution.
1. Measure your window and add 2" to the height and width
2. Fold over 3/8" seam allowance on all 4 sides, steam.
3. On the bottom and sides fold in another 3/8", steam and sew an edge stitch on the inside fold.
5. For the top loop I overlocked my raw edge since I have a serger. But don't worry, if you don't have a serger just fold over once and steam as in step 2.
At the corners fold in a diagonal then pin down and steam. Normally I don't put pins like this, but the seam allowance is so tiny I do in this case.
6. Fold over 2" , pin and steam
7. I find it helpful to pin the end openings so they don't shift when you are sewing the edge stitch on the fold. See below.
8. Finished! And steam! And hang!