How to Make French Door Curtains

French doors can also be referred to as French windows. They are perfect for warm summer days that will give your home easy access to your patio. Give it an even more exciting look when you learn how to make French door curtains. 

 

If you are a bit intimidated by the idea of stitching and sewing your own curtains, this is the perfect DIY project to hone those basic sewing skills. Give those French doors a touch of color and added privacy.

 

You will need to know a few things for this DIY project, including essential sewing machine operation or hand-stitching skills. All you have to do is the measure, cut, and sew the fabric together. You can easily hang your french door curtains using a simple rod pocket. 

 

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Step 1: Preparation

Let’s start by gathering our materials. You will need your fabric and thread of choice, some fabric shears, a measuring tape, a sewing machine or needle, an iron, your curtain hardware set, a cordless drill (or regular drill attached to a power extension), and some screws.

Tips when buying fabric:  You might want to pre-measure your French doors to help you determine how much fabric you are going to need. The look you want to achieve also plays a significant role. Always consider how full you want your curtains to appear when learning how to make French door curtains or any curtain for that matter.

 

If you want a standard curtain fullness, simply multiply the window’s actual width by two. For deluxe fullness, multiply by two and a half, and three times for maximum curtain fullness. 

 

The length is easier to determine. Simply measure the height of the rod to the floor and decide where you want the curtain to end. Don’t forget to add extra inches for the hems and rod pocket by measuring your curtain rod’s circumference. 

 

Measuring your window before buying the curtain fabric is crucial since curtain fabric retailers typically sell them in yards. Obviously, fabric bought an inch or two too short won’t give you the result that you are going for. 

 

Step 2: Cutting the fabric

Decide how many curtain panels you are going to use for the French door. For wider designs, you might want four or more panels. In this tutorial, we are going to do a standard double panel French door curtain. 

 

Remember the curtain width measurement we computed for earlier? Divide that value by the number of panels. In this case, we are going to divide the curtain width by two. The result will give us the width of each panel. 

 

Add the one-inch seam allowance on all sides and cut your fabric into two panels. Don’t be stingy with the seam allowances. You can add more if you like. After all, cutting off excess fabric is more manageable than realizing you are an inch too short of the required length.

 

Step 3: Sewing

Lay your fabric with the patterned side down and double-fold the side and bottom hems. Pin and iron the folds in place to mark the material. It will make the sewing process a lot easier. After pressing the curtain fabric, it’s time to run it under the machine.

 

Set your sewing machine to longer-length stitches. Start by sewing the side and bottom hems. Work on the top of the panel to make the rod pocket. Fold the raw edges over in a short fold for the short edge and stitch the sides. Fold it over again, creating the rod pocket.

 

Make sure to measure your rod’s circumference to ensure that you will form a pocket deep enough to let the rod slide through. Try not to make the hole too big or too small. Press over the rod pocket fold and stitch along the curtain width. 

 

Step 4: Installing hardware

Using your drills, drill a hole on the side of the French door where you want your curtains to go. Use a screwdriver to bolt the brackets onto the holes. Hang the drapery rod and adjust your curtains until you achieve your desired look. 

 

Why make French door curtains?

Although a lot of people may love their French doors to look open and inviting, you have to admit that it doesn’t really offer much privacy. Luckily, windows are a rather versatile solution to that small problem.

 

Curtains also give your wide panels a touch of color and texture while giving your home a sufficient amount of privacy. Keep the inside of your home invisible from public view. On beautiful sunny mornings, you can open your windows and use tiebacks to hold them in place.

 

For best results, try to invest in full-length curtains instead of shorter ones. Longer curtains that fall to the floor provide maximum coverage and look amazing on your French doors. You might also want to consider the grommet top or tab top curtains for fabric mobility. 

Styling tips

There are dozens of ways to style and hang your French door curtains. You can use tiebacks to keep them neat and clean. This style will also expose you to gorgeous-looking French doors from visitors on the inside. 

 

If you are going for an elegant touch, you might want to consider using sheer curtains or layering your draperies. You might need a double bracket and two rods to pull off a fantastic layered curtain look. 

 

Regardless, learning how to make French door curtains is a fun and easy way to challenge your sewing skills. It is beginner-friendly, and you can easily make them even without a sewing machine and advanced stitching materials. 

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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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