We put a new front door on our house a few years ago and have needed a curtain ever since. We went a year or so with just a wreath on the outside, hoping that would act as some kind of privacy. It didn't. People peeked in.
How was I supposed to hang a curtain without a curtain rod? I didn't want to drill into the door. For the next couple years I had a scrap piece of lace fabric held up by several refrigerator magnets. Yep. Classy. I took it down when I knew guests were coming over.
I couldn't find material I thought went well with our living room curtains. Then we got new curtains, and I still couldn't decide on fabric. Guess what, people? I finally took care of the problem!
Colin and I ran to Walmart to pick up a couple things, and there was a huge box of marked down fabric. Since Hancock Fabrics has closed, I have been in mourning and haven't gone fabric shopping. And it's best for our bank account if I don't. I like fabric. Back to the story...I saw some fabric that I thought would actually work and not clash with the rest of the curtains in the living room. And it was on sale!
We now have a curtain on our front door, and it only took a little fabric, a little time, and a little ingenuity.
Here's what I did:
- Wash and dry fabric. It's better for it to shrink before you cut and sew it.
- Iron the fabric.
- Measure your window and how big you want the curtain. I added an inch to the height and an inch to the width for the hems. Measure and measure before you cut. I wanted my finished curtain to be 20x31''. I cut the fabric 42 inches (doubled the height so it would fold over and be pretty on the side that faced out as well) by 32 inches.
- I folded the fabric in half height-wise with right sides together.
- Pin around all four sides. Fabric can shift.
- Sew an 1/2 inch hem (or 5/8 or whatever you want, being sure to measure for the size hem you want) around the three open sides, being sure to leave an opening at the top side. SEE IMAGE 1
- Turn the fabric inside out through the opening.
- Iron the fabric to get out wrinkles and flatten the hems.
- Pin around all four sides. You can get a sewing machine foot that keeps your bottom fabric from shifting from the top, but I'm going to assume we're working with a standard foot.
- Top stitch around all four sides with a 3/8 inch hem, being sure to leave the opening. SEE IMAGE 2
- Create a "pocket" at the top, measuring 1 1/2 inches from the top, sewing all the way across. SEE IMAGE 2
- Insert magnets into the opening, storing them in the pocket. Be sure to use heavy duty magnets. You can find small ones at a craft or office supply store. SEE IMAGE 3
- Sew the opening closed.
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This is just a simple curtain, no frills, but exactly what we needed. Hooray for privacy that looks good!
Before & After: