I think I might have mentioned at some point that the rental house has no backyard privacy. This is what the backdoor opens up to:
Having been a country girl for the past eight years, I could not handle the lack of privacy. So after a long and unsuccessful search for the perfect shades that I had in my head, I decided to make shades myself, my way (which does not involve sewing)
Adhesives (I ended up using LOTS more of the Heat n Bond):
Tension rods to hang up the shades - we can't drill on the porch structure, so we had to get creative:
I measured and cut the fabric and then glued the side seams with the invisible stitch:
Then folded it one more time and ironed it on using the seam tape:
Then did the same for the top and the bottom and glued it using the seam tape:
Leaving enough space for the tension rods to fit through:
The ends of the top and bottom hems were coming undone before the shades were even up. So I sewed it by hand to secure the edge of the seam:
Here are the before and after!
Originally all the sides were going to be covered - but it might be a little overkill... Did I do this all on my own, you might ask? Well, no! I had helpers!
And there you have it! My first official "crafty" project!