Fabrics in a geranium print are a great way to bring your plants in for the winter. Genius! Especially for those whose plants succumbed to frost or you did not have geraniums this year to bring in. Here are my “winter” curtains in the sunny kitchen window. This fabric came from my grandmother’s stash. Unhemmed after all these years, this fabric still hangs in my one kitchen window. I switch out the other curtains, using these instant curtain clippies: 1 inch cafe curtain rings.
Note: I inherited the fabric from my grandmother. She used this heavy cotton weave to make curtains and dish towels. The date could vary from the 40s through the 70s.
You have many fabric options, all currently available riffs on the geranium theme. Online fabric stores are easy to search through, with many having good prices on flower prints, which tend to be a summer item. You might miss Spoonflower, a custom fabric print site. Many artists offer their designs for sale in a number of fabric types and weights. For kitchen curtains, go with the basic quilting cotton. The first two fabric “swatches” are from Spoonflower. While you are there, enter “vintage” or “50s” into the search engine and see what else pops up.
From top left to right:
- “Cubist” geraniums in classic rich red. AT SPOONFLOWER
- Red geraniums potted in shades of blue, green, and cream, AT SPOONFLOWER
- Westminster Fabric, featuring “dream” flowers of cornflower blue and lime
From bottom left to right:
- Westminster Fabric, stylized geranium leaves in greens and corals, ATJFF FABRICS
- Martha Negley Brown and magenta leaves, Border print in yellow
Thank you, Marybeth. Fabric lovers, I’d also advise you to keep an eye on etsy.com for bolts or yardage of vintage fabric. For simple cafe curtains you shouldn’t need too much … just remember, you are likely to have a “repeat” of some size to deal with.