How to Make Window Treatments Out of Placemats
What do you do when you find place mats you love but they don't match your kitchen widow treatment? Buy extra place mats and make a new window treatment. Kitchen windows are exposed to more dirt, grease and light than the curtains in any other room. Use place mats to make a new no-sew valance. Matching your window treatment to your new table linens will give your whole kitchen a fresh, new look.
Measure your curtain rod and the length of your place mat. Divide the curtain rod length by the place-mat length, rounding up. This is the number of place mats you will need.
Put the same number of clip rings as you have place mats on your curtain rod plus one extra.
Clip the first clip ring onto the first place mat near the outside edge. Clip the next clip ring to the other corner of the first place mat and the outside corner of the next place mat, overlapping the mats by 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch. Continue attaching place mats until you reach the end.
Spread the place mats out evenly along the rod and adjust the placement of the clip rings until you are pleased with the effect.
Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.
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