How to Make a Bistro Awning

Due to the real estate crunch, many people have had to hold off on selling their homes. As a result, they have decided to do a few simple upgrades to make their current home more livable. You would be surprised how making a little change to a space can make it look totally different. In this article you will see how this easy, no-sew awning can change your kitchen window from plain and boring to the look of a European Bistro found in the south of France.

Make a Bistro Awning
  1. Start by measuring your window to determine how much fabric you will need, as well as the length of curtain rods you will be purchasing. Measure the width of the window including the outside of the molding, as well as 12 inches down from the top, and include an additional two inches of fabric for sewing pockets at the top and bottom of your curtain. Include an additional inch for each side for hemming. Choose a plain white one-inch-wide curtain rod for the top which extends out from the wall by three inches, and a second one-inch-wide curtain rod that extends six inches from the wall to create the awning effect.

  2. Lay out the fabric on a large flat surface such as a dining room table or on the floor. Measure and cut the fabric according to your window measurements. Place the fabric right side down on the surface and create a 1/2-inch fold turned under twice on each side. Next, place the iron-on stitching tape under the fold. Press the fabric with a hot iron, checking to make sure that the tape is secured to the fabric.

  3. Fold the fabric under twice on both the top and bottom consecutively to create a 1 1/2-inch fold, and place the iron on stitching tape under the folds. Iron it into place the same way that you did on the sides. You should have a 1 1/2-inch pocket on both the top and the bottom when finished. Next, measure and cut the fringe, and attach it to the bottom of the awning with a hot glue gun.

  4. Drill holes on both sides of the window molding where the rods will be attached. Remember that the bottom rod will extend out farther then the top rod. The bottom rod should be placed ten inches below the top rod. Attach the hardware where the holes were drilled.

  5. Thread both the top and bottom rods through the pockets on the fabric, and attach the awning fabric to the hardware on the window. Adjust the fabric so that the rods are completely covered on both ends.

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