12 DIY Steps on How to Make Curtains For French Doors

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your living room is; if you don’t have curtains on the french doors, it will still feel unfinished. This write-up will show you how to make curtains for french doors in just a few easy steps.

 

Steps on Making Curtains for French Doors

Step #1: Measure the width and length of your french doors. You will need to cut two rectangular pieces of fabric that are a little bit longer than the measurement you got for one side and a few inches shorter on both ends for each piece.

Step #2: Fold one rectangle in half with right sides together, then sew around the length of the rectangle, leaving a small opening at one end for turning the right side out.

Step #3: Turn your fabric with the wrong sides together and press well before flipping it to the right side so that you can see your neat seam on the inside. Now sew around three-quarters of the edge- this time with no allowance for an opening.

Step #4: Match the two rectangles together with right sides facing inwards and sew along three-quarters of each side, as you did for step three. You will need to mark halfway down on one edge before sewing- this is where your rod pocket will be so that it doesn’t show when they are hung up.

Step #5: You will need to cut a square of fabric from the excess. Fold it in half, sew across one side, and then turn right-side-out before sewing up the other three sides as you did with your original rectangle. This will form your rod pocket, which can be inserted into either curtain; this depends on how much light you want to let in.

Step #6: You now need to put your curtain onto the rod, so start by inserting the rod into one of your rectangles- this will be at least four inches below where you want it and should leave an inch or two of space on either side for curtains to hang down from (you can add a rod pocket to either side of your curtain if you want the rod to be invisible).

Step #7: Thread a needle with thread (in this case, I used white cotton because it blended in more than black), then hem each by sewing up and down on both sides. You will need to fold over about an inch and sew back across the ends to make a finished edge.

Step #8: Hem the top of your curtain by folding over about an inch and sewing back across the ends so that all four sides are now neatly hemmed before you hang it up! When I was done, my curtains for french doors looked like this (you can see how they hung down from the rod in the middle of this photo):

Step #9: Hang your curtain on a rod to see how you like it! For my french door curtains, I used an adjustable tension pole which is long enough to go across both doors. The 60″ length means that each side has about 12-14 inches of overlap for fullness at the bottom.

Step #10: Take a look at how you like your curtain before it is permanently installed! Make any adjustments or tweaks, and then install the rod so that you can enjoy a perfect french door curtains set up (sometimes I change my mind on the length of time they need to be open)! The last step in how to make curtains for french doors is installing the rod so that you can enjoy your perfect setup!

Step #11. Start by laying a level across both door jambs and leveling it out on either side of where you want the rod to go. Thread a cord through each of your curtain panels and then tie them together at their middle point, leaving plenty of excess on either side for you to use later as tiebacks or pulls.

Put an end cap onto one end of the rod so that it’s ready to be mounted permanently into place using a screwdriver. Mount the rod to the wall using a drill and screws that are long enough to go through both walls of your french doors without going into anything else, like studs or electrical outlets.

Step #12. Now, you can hang up every panel separately from each other by tying them onto the topmost point of the rod with one of their long ends.

 

Tips: For outside mounting, hold up each panel with one hand while tying it around the rod just below the topmost point. After securing, clip it into place with hooks or clips so that they are securely mounted in your french doors.

If you want to be able to open up your curtains entirely without them falling on either side of the door when opened, then you’ll need a rod long enough for this task and a curtain rod mount that can hold the weight of both curtains and open them up. You’ll also need a way to hang these curtains from your french doors, which you can do by using hooks or clips as well.

how to make your own without sewing

Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!

 

Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!

 

How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.

 

How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).

 

How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.

 

The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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