How to Make Curtains For French Doors

Arlene Mason

French doors are usually very hard to find curtains for. So, your best bet is to make them yourself.

  1. Determine where you want the curtains. That is, do you want them across the whole door, or just covering the window portion, or something in between.

  2. Using a yard stick and pencil, draw a line across the top, sides and bottom of the area you want to cover. This will be your window.

  3. Measure the window across the top, across the bottom and then across the middle. Write down the largest of these measurements.

  4. Measure the window from top to bottom, on the left side, then the middle and lastly on the right side. Write down the largest of these measurements. These two measurements are the size of your window. Do this on both windows.

  5. Purchase enough fabric to cover the length, plus 2 inches, and twice the width, on both windows.

  6. Measure the window again, and cut your fabric to the length, plus 2 inches and twice the width.

  7. Sew a 5/8 inch hem on both sides of your curtains. Be sure to do the sides first.

  8. Make a 1 inch hem on the top and bottom of each curtain. You should have a small pocket at either end of the curtain.

  9. Mount the cafe rods right on the lines for the top and bottom of your window. They should be flush to the door, or as close as you can get them.

  10. Remove the rods from their mounting brackets.

  11. Slide the rods through the top and bottom hem pockets of the curtains. Replace the rods in their brackets.

  12. Adjust the gathers at the top and bottom so everything is even and you are done.

  13. Tip

    Choose a sheer fabric that matches your decor. The extra gathers will make the curtains less transparent and cut down on the light and heat coming through into the room.


    Be sure of your measurements and cut accordingly.