Why buy curtains for your home when, with minimal effort and a simple sewing machine, you can make your own customized window treatments for less? Shrader (Sew Cool, Sew Easy: Fabulous Tops) is out to convince the new sewer that curtains are one of the simplest projects a beginner can undertake. She carefully walks through the process of picking the type of curtains appropriate for a room; choosing length and width, headings, hardware, and fabric; and calculating a step-by-step plan for project completion. Indeed, half the book is devoted to solid instruction. The 15 varied projects range in difficulty from a simple sarong curtain to Roman shades and pleated curtains that require a little more measuring and sewing but are still classified for experienced beginners. A good choice for public library sewing collections.