Tuesday, May 21, 2013

French Country Burlap and Gingham a La Mdm Samm

Budget Conscious?

Then you may love this idea for  indoor or outdoor DECOR.

I LOVE GINGHAM, so much so, I have started
collecting RED GINGHAM dishes ( Dillards) ....I have quite a few gifted pieces
 for our outdoor cafe....
SOOOOO when RBD came out with their very fresh collection, I could not 
stop thinking about all the projects I would make with their gingham.
I am in LOVE With Gingham...it is a love affair...
WE are love BIRDS, hence les tourtereaux in French....

WE spend a lot of time outdoors on our deck that is complete
with 3 very large umbrellas. So we are very secluded from neighbours ( whom we adore) 
and rain ( which we don't) ....OUR cafe  is complete with it's own privacy curtain 
and it serves 2 purposes, privacy  and has a very fresh FRENCH look...
Which is great since I am FRENCH..

So thanks to RBD for trusting me - to share some trade secrets on 
an inexpensive decor treat for the summer....

Ok, in case you are hungry I baked us a butterscotch meringue pie...
A French Favourite...not too sweet, more creamy than sweet! 
and I will be serving a black tea with milk. 
JOIN me will you! 

For this FRENCH COUNTRY Cafe curtain you will need the following..

Depending on how long your window-the rule of thumb
is double your length. 
16 -18 inch wide is perfect width for a cafe curtain..inside or outside.

MY sitting area is 5.5 feet wide, so I ordered
a piece of burlap from HomeTex.ca 
16 inches wide by 108 inches long.
Cost $11.00

YOU can order any width and length and you have
the option to have your edges finished...
I suggest having them finish it for you....they have the machines
and their cuts are exact....

I used 1.5 yards of RBD RED gingham for the casing( where the rod goes through) 
and ruffle( bottom of cafe curtain) 
 and some ribbon in my case 110 inches in length. 

Ohhh and 2 fat quarters of any colour of fabric for your silhouettes.

Something to note about BURLAP! 

           BURLAP is lubricated with  Linseed oil  as it is a natural fibre...
Weaving  this natural fibre it would be impossible to loom. The Burlap would get stuck on the needles..
So there is an odor but it's not offensive....very earthy smell....It most certainly can be used indoors too..
however I have a deck that is well covered and each season I make a cafe curtain...Last year I made
it from  RBD Laminates...this year BURLAP. 

I have tried many Burlaps on the Market, this company has the best choices
as well their PRICES are excellent. Their customer service has my SEAL ON IT...
( must make one, you know a seal of approval) Will work on that !

Let's continue on FLIGHT.....to making your very own cafe curtain...

I drew this bird and mirrored it for you in case you want her facing each other...
I chose one on the right and the others facing left...
Silhouette Pattern to print and trace...
make it any size you like...
this is on a page 8.5 x 11
I printed them out approx.
3.5 inches tall 4 inches wide...

I have a light box from artograph, makes my job so much easier
I have a fairly large one, so it is great for drawing
multiple projects.

I have a   LightPad 950 
and I forgot to add I have  the Pad Pucks now...
I had a hard time being so short- to reach
across the other side to trace..
now I do it with ease with these...

Traced on Wonder Under from Pellon! 
I traced 5 birds and chose a dark black fabric
and ironed on my wonder under  and cut them all out and set aside ...

Meanwhile, get your iron out and press with steam
your Burlap runner...you want it laying as flat as you can..
It will make it easier when you are adding a casing and ruffle. 

AS the runner is 108 inches long I cut 112 inches of gingham fabric
that were 4 inches wide.
This will be your casing for your rod!

I find ripping gingham fabric much easier than cutting
as I am sure the fabric will be straight and it is ...
I know we are taught to cut....
YOU can use your rotary if you must...
but pssst this is quicker...

Now stitch 1/2 inch seam
from one end to the other...

fold in ends of gingham 1 inch...like above..

Now time for ruffles....your casing is done....
Cut more 4 inch strips the length of your curtain x 3...
so in my case I ripped 108 x 3 , I like my ruffles full....

WE are going to hem the bottom of the ruffle...press 1/4 inch
then fold over, press again and stitch close to the left side...
you just want to stitch as close to the edge as you can.
Use the gingham as your guide...

Now we are ready to add ruffles..
no tool required, just your fingers and some

Start with 2 pleats, sew over them, stop,
make 2 more....now get your ribbon..you are
going to do this step together...with me....
photos will show you....
( use 1/4 inch seam)

Now let's add the ribbon, this will hide your unfinished ruffled edge.
Go slowly. YOU do not want to pick out threads our of your Burlap...
It stretches the weave!

Be sure to check underneath, you will note you are covering
your unfinished edge, this will be important when we add
it to the finished edge of your burlap.

Place your rod through casing and pin where your birds will go....
better to see it on the rod all full then trying to do it flat....

If birds are not your thing, you could always
add letters and add your favourite quote...

Translation , Life is Beautiful! 

I wish I had more time to show you what I will be doing with 
the table cover...but I am out of time....

Yes you guessed it...it will have ruffles too! 

So for under $30.00 you too can have a lovely French setting....
Burlap with Gingham....such LOVE BIRDS.

I so appreciate YOU RBD, YOU who loves to sew
and YOU for loving anything Gingham!


  1. So sweet those curtains. I was in a "plaid" phase a few years ago. \Plaid and gingham is one of those classic styles that always looks good. Thanks for sharing your lovely curtains and the tutorial.

  2. Oooooooooo so magnifique (my English spell check doesn't like that French word ! Thank you for the "little birdie" pattern.

  3. Lovely, looks great! love the birdie pattern, thank you for sharing!

  4. This is a wonderful window treatment. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks for the how-to and all the tips and techniques ... :) Pat

  6. Thank you for the inspiration! Your entire table setting from curtains, to tablecloth to dishes is wonderful! I love the combination of burlap and gingham!

  7. Love your cafe. I look forward to seeing your new look each year. Thanks for all the tips, especially how to work with burlap. What size needle did you use on your machine? Special thread?
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love it, I like the brids and the ruffles. Thanks for sharing :) Now we need the recipe for that yummy sounding pie ;)

  9. Madame Samm, Tweet Tweet Tres Chic ;) My High school French Long flew out the window....but I will say J'aime votre imagination. Je toujours mets un sourire sur mon visage pour le jour ( With a little help from a translator) Have a wonderful summer in your cafe. janita

  10. I really enjoyed your tutorial-thank you. I never would have thought to put burlap and gingham together-but I love it thanks much for sharing Kathy

  11. Oh Samm what a wonderful place to sit, relax and enjoy your love. Great job and wonderful tut.

  12. So nice - thank you for the printable pattern

  13. great tute thanks for that; you are so creative now??? for the pie recipe??

  14. Samm I'm in love with this curtain! So cute...thanks too for the birds so I can copy you. :) blessings, marlene

  15. What a great tutorial! Love the whimsical design and the happy note your curtains portray. Thanks!! Jane

  16. OMG it doesn't get much cuter than this.. and so $$ reasonable. Your tut's are always so great and informative from where to get the needed stuff, to how to put it together.

    Thanks for sharing.


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