How to make a door curtain

Updated February 21, 2017

Many older homes feature doors with clear glass windows in the top half of the door. The clear glass let in sunlight but did not provide the homeowner with privacy. Oftentimes, a sheer curtain was attached to the door, giving the privacy the residents desired while still allowing natural sunlight to shine through. These curtains were attached to the top and bottom of the wood frame to keep the curtains stationary when opening and closing the door.

Measure the size of the glass in the door for length and width. Double the measurement of the width to allow for a gathered effect of the finished curtain.

Add 2-1/2 inches to the length of the glass measurement. This will allow for a curtain rod pocket at the top and the bottom of the curtain.

Add another inch to the width. This will allow for two side seams.

Create the side seams by measuring 1/2-inch along the length of the fabric. Fold the material so that the wrong side of the fabric is facing each other. Press with a hot iron.

Unfold this crease and measure 1/4-inch along the length of the fabric, then press with your iron. Refold at both creases and stitch using a sewing machine. Repeat this for the opposite side of the curtain. Both side seams are now completed.

Measure 1-1/4 inches along the width for the top and bottom curtain pocket rods. Press with a hot iron so that wrong sides are facing each other.

Unfold and measure 1/4-inch and press with a hot iron. Refold at both creases and stitch using a sewing machine. The pockets for the top and bottom rods now are completed.

Attach the sash rod hardware to the top and bottom of the wood that frames the glass. A sash rod package will contain two rods and the hardware. The rod is adjustable and will fit most window sizes.

Insert the rods into the top and bottom pockets of the curtain.

Attach the sash rod onto the hardware and adjust the curtain to create a gathered look.


The wrong side of the fabric is the side that is not usually visible. In the case of sheer fabrics, the difference between the wrong and the right side is not always obvious, and it may not make a difference in the finished curtain.

Things You'll Need

  • Light-weight fabric
  • Sash rod
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Hammer
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