How to Sew Curtains for a Sliding Door


Sewing curtains for a sliding door is fairly simple. You need to remember that the curtains won't actually be on the door. They will have to hang above the door frame. After you get your curtain rod situated where you want it, making the curtains themselves is the easy part.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape Curtain rods Two panels of fabric Pins

How to Sew Curtains for a Sliding Door

  • Hang a curtain rod at the level you want your curtains above the door. A general location is right above the door frame trim.

  • Using a measuring tape, measure from the curtain rod to a few inches above the floor. This is how long your finished curtains need to be.

  • Also measure the width of the door so that the curtains will be wide enough to cover it when they are closed. Jot down on a piece of paper the length and width you need the finished curtains to be. Divide the width in half if you want to make 2 curtain panels for the sliding glass door.

  • Measure your fabric and cut an extra 2 inches on the top and bottom, as well as 1 inch on each side for hemming.

  • Fold the top of the fabric over 2 inches and pin it in place. This will be the rod pocket. After you have pinned the top hem, go ahead and sew it .

  • Now fold in one inch on each side below the top seam, pin and sew for your side hems. There will be about one inch of fabric sticking out from the rod pocket area. Tuck this in and place a few stitches to hold it, without closing up the side. You must have room to slide the rod through.

  • Fold up two inches on the bottom and pin it; then sew across the bottom hem to finish your curtain. Since you have already done the side hems you won't have anything to trim off or fold under here, and the sides will be sealed.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can make a pair of curtains for the whole door, or up to 4 panels, depending on the look you want.

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