Covering for Front Door Windows

Three of our littles moved into a new home in February along with their parents. Before they closed, Andrea asked us to make a covering of some sort for the three windows on the front door. While it doesn’t bother many people, having those black abyss holes every night creep her and us out. We’re just sure oodles of strangers are lined up, looking through those windows. You know you do it yourself – as you’re driving by a house when it’s dark you can’t help but look in the windows! So, of course, we said YES. We asked all of our usual questions, like What color(s), what size, how are you going to hang it? Her response was that she didn’t care about the colors, she didn’t know the size, and she really had NO IDEA how she was going to attach it to the door. Okay.

Covering Research

We heard via the grapevine that they were getting a new area rug for the living room. We’ll use that to guide us with the colors. Sounds easy peasy, right?! The rug was from Menard’s so I went online and grabbed a picture of it and made a rough sketch as a suggestion for the covering. It has a modern vibe to me!

The rug is on the left, and our interpretation is on the right. Their actual rug seems to have more turquoise in it so we used two different tones along with some gray, cream, and tan/brown (which I think is u-g-l-y, it ain’t got no alibi). This became a one-day DrEAMi-type project as it was completely finished in one Saturday.

Covering Finished Ready to Hang

Once Andrea and Chris approved the colors we chose (they don’t care!), we got the sewing and quilting under way quickly.

Here it is, all finished with hanging tabs and a dowel that we cut to size. You may not have noticed, but we never mentioned one word about measuring the three windows. Not once did Sue and I think we should take the measurements ourselves. Dumb. We sent the covering home with Chris one Sunday along with Dominic and Addison. Texting later, we found out that the covering didn’t fit. WHAT??!! How is that possible? Well, we looked at each other . . . we never actually measured the windows or the door ourselves. Even when we were RIGHT there before baby Chase was born. Good grief. After a brief period of whining, swearing, and overall a not nice conversation, we carried on. Bring it back over on Sunday and I’ll quickly fix it. Yeah, another dumb idea. Sunday? With Dominic, Addison, Colt, and Chase visiting? Thankfully, Gamma brought it on Saturday.

Covering Finished Part Deux

We made a long tube using the light gray fabric, enough to fit on each side. It’s definitely not as nice looking as it was when it was too small but oh, well. It does the job of covering the three windows on the front door. Boom. Mike drop. It looks like the covering still doesn’t fit but it’s actually because the tube we made doesn’t have batting in between its layers. The light comes through the two layers of cotton very easily.

All those strangers lined up to look in the windows will have to move on to the next house because these are finally covered (with love)!

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13 Responses

  1. Denise says:

    That looks great and very welcoming Rosanne.

  2. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    That’s so sweet of you, and it looks great! I don’t like my door windows uncovered either!!

  3. Judy B says:

    Your window covering is great. Oh, the” measure twice cut once rule” comes to mind! And you fixed the issue nicely. Too bad my neighbor with the beach towel over the window doesn’t have a Roseanne and Sue in his life! Great job!

  4. quiltinggail says:

    Well done!!! Now, those horrid people can TRY to look through and all they’ll see is the wonderful window covering!!! And … a great fix!

  5. Roseanne these windows are really covered in love and sew beautifully, too! Great way to solve the size issue

  6. Susan Nixon says:

    Oh, that looks great! I wouldn’t want it uncovered, either. It’s too big!

  7. chrisknits says:

    Oh no! I can’t say that I haven’t found myself in a similar situation, but I actually DID measure and still got it wrong. LOL! But what a cute way to cover the window, and still have it accessible when you need to see who’s at the door!


    Okay, I’m in trouble for laughing at this sad story….but it could easily have been me and I would have been saying not very nice things and having to cover the kids ears! Your solution works and that is what is important. I love the modern look of the curtain and that it matches the area rug is a bonus.

  9. Vicki in MN says:

    I think you should make one for each season, you know you don’t have enough to do, hahaha!

  10. Ohhhhh yeah, the black void of windows – I get creeped out, too. I’m thinking the more socially acceptable thing to say would be: “Using window coverings help with the heating and cooling costs associated with leakage through uncovered windows” or some such thing.

  11. Great solution! So is the back of the panel (the part that faces outside) just plain fabric, I assume? Just curious.

  12. Glad you figured out a solution to the size problem, because otherwise I think your window covering turned out great! We can never turn down a request from our families, can we, Roseanne?

  13. Laura says:

    The covering is functional and given with love. What more is needed? 🙂

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