Our back door is actually a sliding glass door in the kitchen. When we moved in, it had vertical blinds hanging up. They’re nice enough, but this particular set kept losing slats…they’d just fall off. We could stick them back up in place and they’d stay for a few days, but then down they’d come again. I think I ended up with three or four “troublemakers” folded up in my laundry room floor, which left gaps in the blinds. So when we’d shut them, they still wouldn’t really be blocking the whole door. It was getting very bothersome, and then one day it hit me…. Why don’t I make curtains?
I searched around the internet for ideas to help me decide what to make. What kind of curtains do you make for a sliding glass door anyway? I found lots of ideas and happened on one I liked pretty quickly. Then we went to Wal-Mart’s fabric department and found a very pretty, curtain-appropriate blue fabric with subtle flower designs. It’s one of those where the design is still the same color but the threads are going a different direction. It gives the design areas a slightly shimmery look compared to the rest.
Curtains are so easy to make. Hem each side and then hem the top and the bottom. Voila! You’re done. To make things even simpler, I bought ring “hooks.” The ring portion slides freely on the curtain rod, and the hook grabs and holds the curtain. You can see what I mean in the picture. This makes it so easy for the kids to open the curtain if they want to go outside – much, much easier than the vertical blinds.
The side hems are about 1 1/2 inches, and the top hem is around three inches. I didn’t measure any of it, just cut and hemmed where it looked right to my eye. Deciding how much fabric to purchase was the hardest part – since my math skills are apparently in the can! The fabric cutting lady at Wal-Mart had to correct me about the amount of fabric needed. She saved me $20-30! I ended up buying about 3 1/2 yards of 60″ width fabric.
The fabric is doing a great job of blocking light and heat. If you’ve got a sliding glass door, you know that the amount of sunlight they let in can make a room very hot. Combine that with cooking on a summer day, and whew! The first morning I got up after hanging up the curtains, I could tell a huge difference in the amount of light even at the end of our hallway (opposite end of the house from the kitchen). Anytime we want more natural light in the room or need to go out the door, it’s just a second to slide the curtain open.
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