diy outdoor curtains.

I recently posted about my love for outdoor curtains.  I almost hit “submit order” on these lovelies but was having a hard time justifying $278.00 on curtains for my porch.  So instead I surfed some online fabric stores and found an outdoor, black striped material for $9.99/ yard.  $59.94 later I had my fabric and was ready to enlist my mom’s sewing machine and expertise to sew up my own outdoor curtains.




My mom made sewed the tabs to hide on the inside, top panel.  The rod gets hidden but it still allows them to pleat and hang nicely.


Today it felt like a swag back sort of a day.


The whole set up has been occupying my boys and the neighborhood kids as a happy accident.  Apparently the curtains make a great stage scene for an impromptu talent show.  We call it our own front yard community theater.

PicMonkey Collage


At any rate, I’m really pleased with the result.  They make a great addition to summer (even though it snowed most the day today).
Kudos mom!


  1. I seriously love these! They look perfect with your home and entryway! xo Kristin

  2. very cool! love it.

  3. Those turned out great! It’s a nice graphic punch at the front of your house.

  4. Loving the curtains! And too funny about the community stage.

  5. Too cool! Love these, they for sure add some spunk & character to the porch!

  6. ♡♥♡♥♡♥

  7. Janice Marie says:

    OKAY now you truly have inspired me to do mine on our gorgeous patio, and maybe even the front door! thank you Michelle for all your inspirational ener-chi !! Janice in Oro Valley, AZ

  8. Ooooh, want to share the origins of that mega-sweet lighting fixture? What great curb appeal you have!!

  9. Cool. Must be fun to have your mom around to do all these things together! I’m going to check out your fabric source.

  10. I love these! How fun and so easy to change out if you ever get bored of the color!

  11. I love the black & white curtains! I am currently trying to come up with a inexpensive way to hang my outdoor curtains. I need two rods, one that is 10 ft and the other that is 8.5 ft. Any ideas?

  12. These are seriously great curtains. But what purpose do they serve at your front door?

  13. Stealing this idea, and the house numbers but that’s a different post! We have a very similar front porch and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do to dress it up. I kill pretty much any flower that comes to this house so the curtains will be a perfect touch and they don’t require watering :) What do you use as the tie back? I love the hit of yellow.

  14. Ohhh Michelle…I am not a DIYer (nor particularly crafty). This site is so inspiring that I’m looking around my blank canvas of a house and thinking of all the ways I can implement your ideas. Let me know if you ever want to come up to Park City and try out any of your brilliance on my house!! :)

  15. Where did you get the light fixture? Want!

  16. Ruthann Flentge says:

    Very nice job!!! :)

  17. Janice Marie says:

    I may just do this with my own fabric and forget the grommet add-on, because they take much more time to make….love your outdoor FRONT DOOR curtains….how cool is that???????? :)

  18. Alison in SoCal says:

    What is the length on the fabric? I’m not real crafty so perhaps I’m missing it but the site for the fabric lists the width but not the length (is it only 1 yard long?). Thanks!

  19. I love the striped look! I have a custom patio cover/striped awning in the back and I’m totally going to add curtains like this to it. Thank you!

  20. Love this fabric, and good idea to put this courtains outdoor. Fantastic. Lovely.
    Regards from Spain 😉

  21. Amazing curtains! absolutely love them Home For Handmade

  22. Looks fantastic! I’ve been looking at outdoor curtains for my screened-in porch, but they’re too expensive. Did you buy special fabric or weatherproof it in any way? I would love to make my own, but I’m worried they wouldn’t hold up to the elements.

  23. Where did you purchase the fabric?

    • I found the fabric online. If you Google “black and white stripe outdoor fabric” there are a whole lot of options that come up. I also see it from time to time at Home Fabrics. 😉


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