Curtains aren’t just for windows.
Beat the chills with this creative and practical door curtain project.
What you will need:
- A large piece of fabric to stencil
- A large piece of lining fabric
- Sewing machine
- Fabric scissors
- measuring tape
Start by measuring the size of your door to work out the size of the fabric you will need. Remember your curtain will need to have extra length or header tape and a deep hem. The total width for your curtain including the side panels should be the width of your doorway plus a half, for extra weight use twice the width.
Now to stencil the fabric.
Firstly launder and iron your fabric, then apply a light coat of SprayMount or similar repositioning adhesive onto a flat surface to hold fabric in place while you’re stenciling. Choose your desired colours and stencils. We used ‘blossom’ one of 15 card stencils in the ‘Stencil it’ book. Alternatively this stencil is for sale in various sizes from The Stencil Library. Apply a light mist of SprayMount to the back of the stencil and press into position.
Use good quality stencil brushes and paint suitable for fabric. Work any excess paint from the brush onto paper towel, you only need a little amount of paint to stencil with.
Stencil in a circular motion to ensure a light, even coverage and build up the colour as you go,
We chose to stencil our design to look like the blossoms were falling in a descending pattern towards the floor.
How to make the curtain:
Take your now stenciled fabric together with your lining fabric, remember taking into account the seam allowance. Lay the lining fabric on top of the curtain: right side’s together. Pin the two pieces in place. Sew Along each side with the seam allowance. Hem the bottom of your curtain.
Now you want to turn your curtain right side up. We sewed header tape to our door curtain which allowed us to gather the fabric then we attached metal hanging rings to it. and hung it from a portiere rod. If you’re working with a curtain pole you can attach rings or just fold over the top edge and make pocket for the pole to go through. Pin in place and sew.
This is what a portiere rod looks like.
A portiere rod raises the curtain as the door opens so that the movement is not impeded by fabric dragging on the floor.
The heavy, cotton velvet came from Factory Fabrics in Prudhoe. The curtain was sown and stencilled by students Melanie, Laura and Ashley. The project was written by Ashley and I and photographed by me.