I love having LOTS of light in my home, so I really like entry doors with windows. But, sometimes you need to lessen the light a bit, or cut down on the line of sight into your home. So you can use a privacy film like this, or you can be super smart and use a magnetic window covering like this one — and it doesn’t take any sewing, either!
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Easy No-Sew Magnetic Window Covering
by Gina of Charming Zebra
Hello, I’m Gina. Visiting from the home decor and DIY blog, Charming Zebra. I have always been mildly obsessed with homes, design and beautiful architecture.
A few years ago, I stumbled upon reading my first home decor blog. And what a discovery! I had just opened the door to another world of individuals who loved design, decor and DIY as much as me. I found I wasn’t alone in dreaming about paint colors and watching movies solely for the purpose of seeing the home interiors. Soon after, I launched Charming Zebra.
I believe a room put together with eclectic pieces and items with personal meaning is more appealing than a generically styled space. I think creativity and DIY are the best components in designing a room that is your ideal version of home, that is essentially you. I like projects that are relatively simple to do, but that pack a design punch.
One of my favorite projects from my own home was Installing Wainscoting Without Power Tools. Not everyone is a skilled woodworker, has a handy partner at home or is fortunate enough to own a garage full of power tools. Installing wainscoting in my dining room really changed the look of the room and was an easy project to do by myself.
The Super Easy No Sew Blind was a project born out of necessity. In our kitchen eating space, we have a metal door that opens up into the backyard. We use it multiple times a day and I love the window allowing the beautiful daylight to stream through. Well, during the Summer season, that softly streaming daylight would wickedly transform into the searing rays of the sun. And my little ones would cry during mealtime that the sun was burning their eyes or the back of their necks. Those picky kiddos.
So, in an attempt to save the retinas of my poor suffering children, I devised a way to cover the window during the hottest part of the day. I wanted to be able to completely remove the window treatment when the sun wasn’t quite so intense. I didn’t want to attach any permanent hardware or do any complicated sewing. And I wanted the blind to be somewhat decorative. So an old t-shirt held up with duct tape just wasn’t going to work.
To make your own version, just start off by measuring the window and the space you want covered. Then cut the fabric to the appropriate size, adding an additional inch and a half of extra fabric at the top of the blind. The magnets will go at the top so make sure you have enough space above the window with the fabric to do so.
Important Tip: If you are using a bold pattern, make sure it is centered how you want it before you cut the fabric.
Okay, so there are two ways to make this blind. The easy way and the super easy way. With the super easy way, you are going to forego any hemming and cut out the fabric with pinking shears. These are special fabric scissors that have a serrated or zig-zag blade that lessens or even prevents fraying depending on the fabric used. With the pinking shears, you cut the fabric to the exact width, but still add the extra fabric at the top.
With the easy way, you are going to use regular fabric scissors and add another half an inch or so on each side edge of the blind to account for the hem, while still adding the extra fabric at the top for the magnets.
The next step is to determine how many magnets you are going to need to hang the blind. The simplest way to do this is to place the fabric piece over the window and start adding magnets along the top until the blind is in place and doesn’t shift when the door is open and shut. The magnets need to be dispersed along the top for support. Start out with 6 nickel sized magnets and add more if needed.
Once you have determine the magnet count, it’s time to pull out the fabric glue. You’ll want to cover your work surface first with a plastic tablecloth or wax paper.
Start gluing the sides first, if you are doing the easy blind.
Important Tip: The glue is quite messy and a bit of a pain to use, but dries well. Be patient.
Next, position the magnets across the top and glue them down.
Now you just need to let it dry.
Seriously, this is such an easy window covering to make. And it’s super easy if you use the pinking shears and don’t have to worry about hemming the sides.
So here is the wrap up:
Super Easy No Sew Blind tools and supplies
1) Fabric of your choice – I found mine at Hobby Lobby. (Heavier fabric like duck or outdoor fabric would work the best. I made a different blind with a thinner cotton fabric once and wasn’t quite as happy with it.)
2) Fabric glue – I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion from Wal-Mart. I’m sure other brands of fabric glue would work just fine, too.
3) Magnets – I used 6 from a larger pack of nickel sized magnets from Hobby Lobby.
4) Fabric scissors or pinking shears.
5) Any additional trim or embellishments. (optional)
6) A plastic mat or wax paper to protect your work surface.
You can possibly finish the assembly of the Easy Blind (with the hemmed sides) within 20-30 minutes. And with the Super Easy Blind, you can be finished assembling it within 10-15 minutes or so. The time-consuming part is the drying. You may want to let it sit for a number of hours or overnight until ready to use.
This truly is an easy project that you can make as simple or as elegant as you wish. Best of luck!
Thanks, Gina! Such a great solution to a common problem of how to treat the windows on entry doors!