At school we have classroom windows. This windows are supposed to stay uncovered so administrators can peak in --- unless there is a lock down drill in which case the window must be covered. We aren't given anything to cover it with so last year my door had half a ripped
Here are my step-by-step instructions.
1. Start with two 1/2 yards of (45inch) cotton fabric. Mine is light colored and I wanted it to look nice and be opaque --- you know for lock downs and all-- so I got a solid for the back. I used TWO 1/2 yards of fabric because I lined it. If you pick a dark color, and don't care if the back looks nice, you can just hem the whole thing and skip to step 10. Go you! (cheater *eye roll*)
3. Line up the two pieces of fabric right sides together (in sew speak that is the "nice" sides together). Pin along THREE sides...trim any excess. Do not pin the fourth side because you'll need to turn it inside out. See the right sides together here?
4. Do a straight stitch along the three pinned sides leaving about 1/2 inch seams. Doesn't really matter though. I'm okay with homemade.
5. Once you've sewn the three sides, turn it inside out. Make sure to poke out those corners with your finger. :-) Essentially, you should have a giant pillow case now!
6. The edges like to try to bubble in, so pull the seam taut and iron it down.
8. Run back over to the ironing board and make a 1 inch hem and iron it. See that selvedge edge? Yep -- too lazy to cut it off. I just roll it into the hem. Make another 1 inch roll, iron, pin, and sew to form a bottom hem. That 1 inch double roll will be a little heavy and that is a good thing. It will help pull the curtain down when you unfurl it later.
9. It should look like a big curtain now!
11. Sew the soft part of the velcro to each corner. Normally Velcro gets the X stitch treatment because you pull on it, but I doubt I'll be pulling these on and off the door often, so I just went over the edges twice. I also changed out the bobbin color to a cream so it would match the underside when it went through. Stick the hook part to it when you are done so you don't lose it!
12. Pick two 15 inch pieces of complementary grosgrain ribbon.
13. To keep the ribbon from fraying, use "Fray-Check", carefully melt the edges with a lighter, or if you are fancy like me, cut it with a wood burning tool on a piece of glass.
14. Pin the lengths of ribbon to the back of the curtain just inside the velcro pieces.
15. Use a zigzag stitch and go back and forth to attach the ribbon to the curtain. Get it on there good. No need to be pretty.
16. Cut two 1" pieces of velcro for your "quick-release". Wrap the ribbon around the curtain like it will be when done so you know what side to put the velcro on.
17. Pin the velcro piece on the fabric over that gnarly spot where you just attached the ribbon on the other side. Pin the velcro on the ribbon NOW -- because you'll totally forget what side to pin it on later. (Not that my seam ripper and I know anything about that).
18. Sew down the little soft pieces of velcro onto the fabric. Get 'em down good. I should have changed out my thread color, but I was
19. After seeing that thread I DID change out my thread to match my ribbon for this part because it will show.
20. Stitch down those little pieces of velco pinned on the ribbons. You can X them or just make sure the edges are down good.
21. Accordion fold the length of the curtain and wrap the ribbon around and secure the the velcro tabs together. It is ready to be attached to the door! A quick tug on the ribbons and it will unfurl to cover the window. Tada!