How to make fabric cabinet door inserts

Written by heather montgomery
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Fabric cabinet door inserts are a simple way to update to look of you kitchen or bathroom cabinets. The door inserts are used to cover an opening in the cabinet doors. You can purchase cabinet doors with the opening already cut out or cut the openings yourself. You can remove the fabric inserts for washing when needed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hem ruler
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pencil
  • Tension rods
  • Drill

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the opening of the cabinet door. Add 1 1/2 inches to the width measurement for the side hem and to allow the fabric to extend past the opening. Add two inches to the length measurement for a half-inch opening on both the top and bottom of the curtain for the rods, as well as enough fabric to extend the past the opening.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of fabric to the measurements you noted. Fold over a one-quarter inch hem on both the right and left edge of the fabric with the right side of the fabric facing down. Pin the fold in place then iron the hem.

  3. 3

    Sew the side hems in place with coordinating thread.

  4. 4

    Fold a half-inch hem on both the top and bottom edge of the fabric with the right side of the fabric facing down to make the rod pockets. Pin the fold in place then iron the hem.

  5. 5

    Sew the rod pockets in place with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

  6. 6

    Measure one-half inch to the top and bottom of the opening on the back side of the cabinet. Then measure one-half inch to the right and left of this mark to determine where the tension rod brackets will be placed.

  7. 7

    Attach the tension rod brackets to the cabinet according to the tension rod manufacturer's directions.

  8. 8

    Thread a tension rod through the top and bottom rod pocket of the curtain.

  9. 9

    Install the tension rod into the brackets with the right side of the fabric facing out.

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