Make Curtains for Your Classroom Door- the Easy Way

Are you looking to make curtains for your classroom door- the easy way? Have you seen this new trend and wanted to make them for yourself? That was me a few short weeks ago. It seemed like every door that I walked past, had these adorable curtains hanging to welcome me in. Well, loving the look and know how to create them yourself may be two different things. So, I wanted to share how to make curtains for your classroom door with you. Your doorway should be rockin’, too!

Finding the Fabric

I decided that, even though I was not originally seeking to create them, that they were actually really cute. Plus, they really did add a little “umph” to the door decor. So, I set out to create my own. I asked anyone that was available what I would need to do to make them. They told me to go to Michael’s and to ask for fabric strips. I, of course, had no idea what that might look like nor where to locate them inside of the story.

I’ll spare you the details of how I spent about 40 minutes wandering around the store seeking these shreds. And yes, I did ask for help, but they didn’t know what I was talking about. LOL. But, I was determined so I looked one more time and I found the coveted fabric strips. They really do come precut and ready to use. You can find them in different colors and patterns, too.

Easy Steps to Make Curtains for Your Classroom Door

Without further ado, here are the steps for creating those adorable classroom door curtains.

  1. measure the width of your door space
  2. purchase a tension rod to fit within that space
    1. Test the rod to make sure that it actually fits. Hmmm, now why would I mention that?
  3. find fabric that you think will match your door (outside) or hallway display decor. Now this part is crucial! Originally, I had purchased a really pretty animal/wildnerness set of fabric strips. But, once I got back to my classroom and put the fabric against my door, it was hot mess city!! Two, not one- but two, of my colleagues did their best to not break my heart to tell me how much they didn’t like the fabric pattern that I had purchased. It hurt because I was in love with that wilderness theme, but it just wasn’t “cutting the mustard”. My mom used to say that. You want your curtains to amplify the color scheme or design of your door.

Putting It All Together

  1. Lay the fabric strips, one at a time, over the tension rod. You want to make sure that the length is such that the ends will be the same length AFTER you tie the knot at the top. Think of it as looping and pulling a shoelace that you are tying.
  2. Trim the edges of the fabric if they are too frayed for your liking.
  3. Hang your new classroom door curtains
  4. Marvel at what a masterpiece you created!

Here’s a brief video that I recorded. Please excuse the video, I had to record it with one hand. Hopefully, you’ll be able to make out what I was trying to share.

I did this video with one hand, so I hope that you will understand. : )

Fortunately, this video was on YouTube. It offered an alternative to the way that I was doing it. I also discovered that the name for these curtains is “Rag Curtains”. Presumably, it’s from the fact that the fabric is just left overs and/or because you just rip the material to make them. This was so nice to finally learn how to do, but for me, my original way held securely in place. The Cow Knots were coming loose for me.

Here’s my final creation!

An image of the final product from my  classroom door curtains. An image of a classroom door with black paper, different colored fabric hanging from a tension rod, and colorful pop-its displayed on the black paper.
Here they are! I added students’ names to the “Pop-Its”. It came out really cute!

I hope that you are able to find a fabric that matches your decor and that your curtains look amazing! If you make them and you post them on social, but sure to @ me. On IG @teach_me_t and on FB @teachmet. Or, send me pictures. I can’t wait to see them!

Have a wonderful school year!

A caricature of Tania N. Davis of Teach Me T


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