06/6/13

The Simple ……door panels

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”   Henry David Thoreau.

Fussy window or door coverings, although beautiful ….. not me.

 

I am  a… light coming in and  unobstructed views of nature .. kind of girl.

The below pictures were taken on a Southern rainy day without door panels.

 

before

 

 

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But………. for privacy reasons and relief from hot sun or cold wind….  coverings are sometimes necessary.

 

Joining the recent canvas drop cloth craze,

I made simple roll up coverings for three French doors in the breakfast room.

They give me both …  privacy when needed and light when desired.

 

Don’t we love it when we can have it all!!

This can be a sew or non sew project.

Because my sewing machine has been gathering dust from non use,

I brought it out for this project. Maybe next time I will use the iron on fusing.

It was simple enough to do again.

Items needed for this project

  • canvas drop cloths

  • sewing machine or iron on fusing

  • ropes, ribbons or ties ..  4  for each door .. 15 ” for each tie

  • Velcro. One package for each door

 

  • Step 1.  Measure window section of door, the part to be covered and add enough for hemming edges and a fold down flap at the top.  I added 4 1/2 inches for the flap. I only added 1/2 inch for the hems.  My measures ….   24″ x 71″

  • Step 2. Measure and cut canvas painter’s drop cloth. I bought 2 at Lowe’s for around $14 each.

  • Step 3. Hem edges using fusing or sewing machine.

  • Step 4. After makeing a 1/2 hem at top, fold again to make a 4 ” hem using machine or fusing.

  • Step 5  After heming, fold toward you to make flap door panels 033

 

    • Step 6. Attach ropes, ribbons or ties. I used rope. Attach 2 ropes in front of flap …each  6″ from edge of panel and 2 ropes behind the panel.door panels 023

  • Step 7. Attach velcro to  door above window part on door  and back of panel. Hang panel.

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To let the outdoors in, roll up and tie.

The drop cloth canvas door panels are a great casual summer look for me

and simple enough to make a variation for fall and winter.

 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  ~Leonardo DaVinci