You guys, I am totally having an Anna (from Frozen) moment lately. “The sky’s awake, so I’m awake so we have to get up!” I totally feel your pain, Anna.
While the curtains in my bedroom are dark and don’t let much sunlight in, our pesky garage door is totally messing with me this summer. The sun comes up EARLY in the summertime and with the way the sun comes in, it only shines on my side of the bed. So while husband is snoozing away, I’m blinded by the sun and end up getting up as soon as the sun is up. On the weekends we like to sleep in…even our 5 year old and 3 year old sleep late. So, while I love sunlight, I don’t love it waking me up on the days when we can all sleep late.
Here’s a pic of our room. Obviously, I picked the wrong side of the bed to sleep on…..
And, some of you might say just close your bedroom door and you won’t have to worry about the sunlight. But, if you have smaller kids at home, you know very good and well that’s not the solution to the problem. Small kids equals parent’s door is open…always.
I went online looking and looking for a solution to my dilemma and found nothing. I hate it when that happens, however it gives me a chance to be creative. It needed to be something I could remove easily as well as attach easily when I wanted to use it on the weekends. I can’t put holes in my metal door because my husband says NO! Which lead me to my light bulb moment of it’s a metal door! Magnets! Oh yeah!
This is an easy project and if you have a metal door that you would like to cover without having to drill a bunch of holes into your door.
Probably, the only supply you will have to go buy is the round magnets. I found a pack of 52 magnets for less than $5. Score! And this project gave me a chance to use up some fabric that I had no clue what to do with. Double score!
Let’s get started! Grab a tape measure and measure the size of your window, including the trim around it. Mine was 24X38. I wanted the magnets to be on the outside of my window opening so I added 2 inches all the way around. Then, I added another 2 inches all the way around for my hem (your hem will be larger than usual because it will case the magnets). So, when it’s all said and done I added 8″ to my length and 8″ to my width. So, my fabric needed to be cut at 32″X46″.
Grab your fabric and cut out 2 pieces. One will be a the front and the other will be the back of your curtain. Place them WRONG SIDES together and pin into place.
Sew all the way around, removing the pins as you sew. Your seam allowance should be 1/4″.
Now, we are going to start on the casing that will hold all the magnets. Start by ironing down about 1/2″ on one of the sides of your curtain.
Grab one of your round magnets and place it on your fabric.
Fold your seam over the magnet to see how large you need to make your casing. You will want your magnet to fit snuggle while also allowing enough room to sew your casing closed with the magnet inside. It should be around a 1″ casing. Remove the magnet and iron your 1″ casing down.
Now, you’re ready to start sewing your magnets into the casing. Start off by simply sewing down about 3-4″, then add your first magnet into your casing and sew carefully to enclose it. Watch out for your magnet wanting to stick to your foot when it gets close to it. I had that happen a couple times during this project. 😉
After you sew past your magnet, stop sewing and grab your tape measure and measure out 4″ from your magnet and place your next magnet into the casing.
Keep adding a magnet every 4″ until you get close to the end of your side. Don’t place any magnets within 3-4″ of the end – this will give you room to do your casing for the adjacent side.
Now, you will repeat the process above on each of the sides – ironing your casing, sewing the casing to enclose the magnets. Almost done!
The last step is to sew your casing closed on each of the 4 corners of your fabric. Simply, sew from your hem to the end of your curtain to close it up.
And there you go! Go attach it to your door! This has been so handy to have because it’s so easy to take off or put on plus no annoying holes in our door!