I starched my windows in August 2008-- I buried it in this post about a skirt I've barely worn. (Whatever.) Anyway, I get a good number of queries as to how it has held up and I can report back that it's still up and going strong. It's been so good that on the advice of a friend, I took down the nasty curtains in our kitchen/playroom and put up more of the same fabric in almost exactly the same way. It looks like Maitreya has been working on it too. You can say it-- her pictures are better.
I made a few changes to my procedure this time around, so I'll outline the whole process again:
- Cut a piece of 100% cotton (I think light colours/white will look best) quilt weight cotton several inches larger than the glass in your window.
- Clean the window
- Spray the window with water or starch (I used heavy duty spray starch) to get the fabric to start sticking.
- Spray the heck out of the fabric with the starch. Really soak it. It will stay on there and you'll be able to smooth bubbles and wrinkles out when you get it really wet.
- It is going to stretch out while it is wet and that's okay. It's going to contract again a little bit when it dries all out, so wait until it's completely dry before you trim the fabric to your exact window dimensions. To cut the fabric, I drew a line on the fabric right where the glass meets the frame, and then gently peeled the fabric back and snipped the extra away. Dampen the fabric with water or starch and it will lay straight back down.