Cottage DIY Project: Powder Room Curtain

I’ve wanted to make some type of window curtain/covering for our powder room for years.  Years–as in about 6.  My mom sews, but I didn’t take an interest in learning until I moved away and had my own home.  Tragedy!  If I could turn back time, I’d sit my booty down next to her and get to learning.  Just as how as an adult I’m learning her kitchen tricks and delicious recipes, and wish I would’ve spent more time in the kitchen with her as a girl. 🙂

Unfortunately, I don’t live near my parents now (sniff), but fortunately I’m blessed with my mom-in-law living nearby who taught me to make curtains early last week.  She’s just as patient a teacher in her home as she is in her classroom.  Lucky me!  Thank you, Pam!

I’ve been on a toile kick for several months and I found just the toile fabric I had in mind.  Yippee Skippy!

I went with black toile although the red teased me.  But I had a vision and was determined not to second guess my choice.

Much to this novice’s surprise, after some measuring and simple sewing, my little curtain was done.  I wanted to add a little something to them to give them a bit more cottage cuteness.  I’d picked up a spool of twill black ribbon when I bought the fabric so I stitched them at the top of the curtain and tied a pretty bow.  Just what they needed!  I also chose a simple black curtain rod.

Here’s a little before and after for your viewing pleasure (or because I love before and afters ;)).

Before: Bare window and new shelf that didn’t quite fit.   I (my husband) installed this black rack since I’m often irritated that I have nowhere to put spare squares.  It was the only black accessory/hardware in the room and one reason I wanted to go with the black toile fabric.

After: Tough to get good pics in this small room, but here it is 🙂  All but a few windows (including the powder room & laundry room) in our home are framed in molding.  I prefer them that way which is partly why I wanted to cover up the top of this window.

This room gets a lot of light, but the window is high.  I didn’t need a lining, but I chose to line it because I like the depth & weight it gives curtains and how it leaves it all less sheer. 

I have a few other things to change in this room to cozy cottage it up.  I’ll be replacing some hardware including the toilet paper holder and the unseen towel bar on the opposite wall.  I have a picture to frame and hang as well.  Eventually, I might paint this small space, but for now I’m just enjoying it as is.

Spare rolls on hand at all times!  Rejoice!  Hallelujah!

So there you have my first foray into curtain making!  I’ll share my laundry room project soon and hope you’ll stop in then to check it out!



  1. What is the little pitcher for? Is that for personal cleaning?! 🙂 Love your little powder room!

    • Yes, I like to provide old school hygiene items for guests so they feel they’re truly in a cottage from days gone by. They can just dip and rinse. 🙂 It’s just a little Italian porcelain pitcher I move around my home. I have a lot of white and cream pitchers…I love them—so many uses!

  2. Toile-riffic! I love it!! Looks so charming. Cute, lovely sweet just like you! 🙂

  3. Wow!!!!!! It’s soooo pretty!
    You are always great!!!

  4. I love it Danielle! Where did you get the rack that you put your extra rolls from! Great idea!

  5. Love the curtain – great job for a first time effort!

  6. It turned out so amazing!!! Good for you!!

  7. It looks so pretty! And I love that little rack with the tiny plant…so cute 🙂

  8. Lovely and simple!

  9. also I did wonder about the little pitcher:-) functional or decorative?

  10. Jennifer C says:

    That looks great, Danielle!!

  11. loverbean says:

    Love the black accents and toile! Not overdone or too fussy but rather very tasteful and charming. The touch of lime green flowers in the bucket is a fresh accent with the black and white. Amazing what the right print can do to transform a room!

  12. So cute!!! And I love the pitcher idea…I saw a hand-held bidet at Home Depot yesterday and almost bought it…but ended up with a ginormous shower head instead. The kids distracted me.

  13. Danielle, those look AMAZING!! Good job!

  14. The room looks very clean and refreshing. I wish my bathroom had a windown (sob!). I’m pleased that your first sewing of this kind has turned out well 🙂

  15. You did a great job! You inspired me, I might do the same in my kitchen. I’ll post on the home tour of my kitchen. Love the pitcher too!

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