My breakfast nook has four windows that overlook my backyard. Since we
have lots of trees in back and there are no neighbors to see in, I
decided that I wanted to leave the windows as open as possible. I
decided on just toppers leaving the rest of the window uncovered.
I went everywhere and could not find anything I really liked that was
within my budget. The closest topper I came to actually buying would
have cost more than $20.00 per window. Definitely not in the plan!
Finally I decided to dust off my sewing machine and see what I could do.
Here is how to make your own lined toppers for about half of what you
would pay in the stores. Actually I didn't even find anything close to
First measure your window(s) and decide how long your topper will hang.
Mine hangs 11 inches. You will also need to measure the width of the
window and then figure about half again for the gathering. Mine is 30
inches. So for one window I needed the fabric to be about 22 inches in
length (Allowing one half inch for seam allowances on each side) and
approximately 48 inches across, depending on how full you want it to be.
Take your measurements to the fabric store and they will help you
convert that into how much yardage you will need. Buy the exact same
amount for your liner.
I chose a beautiful fruit pattern with a hunter green liner. Assuming
your topper will be about 11 inches in length you would then cut about
22 inches for the length. (Remember you are going to fold it over) Cut
both pieces (liner and pattern) the exact same width and height. For
multiple windows, use the first set as a guide. Turn wrong sides
together and sew three sides and about three quarters of the fourth
side. Then turn right side out and tack down the last bit that is open,
by hand. Use a pencil or something to push the corners all the way out
like you would if you were making a pillow cover.
Now you should have a large rectangle that measures approximately 20
inches by 48 inches. Using your iron, press the cloth well so that your
seams lay down. Lay it out on a table or counter with the pattern side
down. Then simply fold over the rectangle long ways, leaving about 2
inches of your liner showing at the bottom. Use a ruler to make sure
that it is exactly 2 inches of liner showing at the bottom all the way
across and pin in place. Then press again.
Next, measure one inch from the top and sew all the way across. This
makes the ruffle at the top. Measure another inch (or two) depending on
the type of rod you are using. (I used a small tension rod so that the
topper would fit just inside the window.) Sew all the way across
again. This forms the rod pocket. You are done! Insert the rod and
hang it up. Easy as pie! From the outside you see the fruit, inside you
see the fruit on top of the liner, with the two-inch border!
If you are doing multiple windows, I suggest you make one and then use
it as a guide to make sure your fold and pocket for the rod is exactly
the same. This was a very easy project and I made all four in one
Reprinted with permission.