Tutorial: Super easy (& inexpensive) french door curtains

[2 Apr 2013 | By | 7 Comment(s) | 11,054 views ]

…or (almost) no-sew ‘two seams and you’re done’ curtains you can make in less than an hour.
Make almost no-sew french door curtains super quick and easy. Just 2 hems, so very little sewing for a neat effect!

We have a GREAT sunroom. It’s got a huge vaulted ceiling and french doors on both sides and lots of windows. But, we also have a computer at a desk in the corner, and the light from the windows can cause a glare on the screen. Hence the need to occasionally cover up these gorgeous windows with some sort of curtain. And curtains or shaded on french doors are really a pain in the butt to me. They either get in the way, or they are clunky and unattractive, so I had avoided doing anything about the glaring window til forced to by nagging husband and kiddo.

So, I wanted a solution that would be easy to make, easy to remove, and look nice while it was up there. So what’s the secret? Well, note the 5 lovely buttonholes at the top of each panel. Does that give you any hints? It’s a shower curtain! We found a pretty black cotton waffle weave shower curtain at Target for less than $20.  And it’s held up by buttoning the button holes onto pushpins stuck in the door.  I used clear ones, but you could also do this with some really fun and funky push pins.

Materials:

  • 10 clear (or interesting) push pins.
  • 1 standard size shower curtain of a nice material, like cotton, with 10 holes at the top. [I originally wanted one with grommets at the top, but didn’t find one, and I think the button holes by themselves work fine.]
  • Sewing machine (or a needle and thread and a bit more time and patience than I possess.) Pins, Scissors, matching thread.

How to do the transformation:

  1. easy-french-door-curtains-2Cut the shower curtain in half down the middle.
  2. Starting with the Left half:  Measure the distance from the left seam to the first button hole.  Fold your right seam and pin all the way down, the same distance from the 5th (last) buttonhole.
  3. Noting the size of the hem on the left side, stitch down the right hand side with a similar size hem.
  4. Trim the excess fabric.
  5. Repeat with the right half.
  6. Hold up your curtain to the door and determine where you want it to hang, and mark each button hole.
  7. easy-french-door-curtains-1Stick pushpins where you marked, then just slide the buttonholes onto the pushpins!
  8. Easy peasy mac and cheesy, you are done. The curtains can be folded back on themselves to let in light, or removed altogether, easily.

There are some really cool shower curtain patterns and fabrics out there, so you can really get creative with this project.  Just make sure you pick one that has 10 evenly spaced holes, meant for inserting the shower curtain rings.

That’s all there is to it…  hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires you to make something cool !  There are some more sewing type projects in the Related Posts box below, so if you like this, go check them out too…

cheers,

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