Thursday, February 11, 2010
New Curtain for Closet Doorway Made!
I just finished curtains for the closet door in my youngest daughter's room. We removed the bi-fold closet door in this room to make more room for furniture. This offers a solution to still keep the contents of the closet (i.e. the mess) hidden. :) My little girl is excited about the curtain!
I thought I would type up a simple tutorial on making a doorway curtain just in case this interests you. Here goes . . . :)
STEP 1: Measure the Doorway. (My doorway opening was about 46 inches wide by 81 inches high.)
STEP 2: Decide how to cut your fabric. I was using 45 inch wide fabric. So for the width of the doorway-- I decided two widths of the 45 inch fabric would be great for what I wanted. This made the fabric used about double the width of the closet doorway. Just the right amount of gathering. If you have a standard closet doorway -- one width of 45 inch wide fabric would be great.
For the length of the doorway--- I subtracted one inch so it wouldn't hang on the floor. Then I added 2.5 inches at the top for the rod pocket. I also added 2 inches for the hem at the bottom.
(For my doorway I had two fabric pieces that were about 44 inches wide by 84.5 inches in length.)
STEP 3: Cut the selvages off of your fabric. Then fold over each of those edges by 1/4 inch twice. Iron in place then sew.
STEP 4: Turn up the bottom edge of your fabric pieces by 1 inch twice. Iron in place and sew to create the hem.
STEP 5: Serge or zig-zag the top edge of the fabric pieces to prevent raveling. Then turn under by 1/2 inch, iron in place. Then turn over 2 inches, iron, and sew near the edge to form your rod pockets.
STEP 6: Slide your curtain onto the expandable shower curtain rod. I had to remove the end rubber cap piece to be able to slide the rod through the rod pocket.
STEP 7: Place curtain in the closet doorway and stand back and admire your handiwork.
(You could also use this tutorial to create valances and other curtains by just changing the dimensions to fit your needs.)