What’s better than combining classroom safety with a gift for teachers?! Every school I’ve been in has classroom doors with a window. These windows are to be unblocked until there is a lockdown. During a lockdown, those windows must be covered so a potential ‘bad guy’ can’t see in the classroom.
On most classroom doors you will see a piece of black construction paper rolled up with a paper clip. In a lock down situation, the teacher rolls down the paper and tapes it at the bottom.
There must be an easier way!
Classroom Door Window Covering
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Now I don’t claim to be a seamstress but I can sew a straight line. Well, for the most part. Okay, okay, my lines may be a little wavy but perfection isn’t the goal here. Just saying, if I can do it, you probably can too!
Classroom Door Window Covering Supplies
- Thick black material – This material is what you would see from the outside of the door.
- Fun material – This material will be facing the inside of the classroom.
- Magnets – I used 8 round, ceramic, .75″ magnets per classroom door window covering.
- Sewing Machine – Mine isn’t anything fancy. Bought it at Costco years ago and it’s still crafting with me!
- Thread – I used black.
- Cutting Mat – I use this cutting mat for so many projects, it’s been worth the investment. It makes cutting so much easier.
- Acrylic Ruler – This is an excellent compliment to the cutting mat.
- Rotary Cutter – The rotary cutter is also a compliment to the cutting mat and acrylic ruler. Precision cutting at it’s finest!
- Scissors – I know you have scissors.
How To Make Classroom Door Window Covering
Measure the frame of the door window. In my case, the frame is a little over 33″ x 9″. Each school is different so be sure to measure. If there isn’t a metal frame around the window, this is not the window covering you need (see below for an alternative). You might want to measure incognito to avoid strange stares. They are totally used to seeing me around my son’s school so it was no problem. My daughter’s school, on the other hand, may call the police.
Purchase material. A thick, black material is best for the side facing out. A fun material for the inward facing side just makes it more enjoyable!
Iron material. Your cuts will be more accurate if you iron first.
Use cutting mat, acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to cut your material. I cut the material 1 inch bigger than the actual frame for seam allowance. Remember, our frames were a little bigger than 33″ x 9″ so a little extra was good!
Place right sides together and pin.
Begin sewing on short end leaving a space for turning. I used a quarter inch guide with about a half inch guide for the turning end. The bigger seam allowance on the turning end makes it easier to fold and press without burning your fingers. Trial and error taught me that one!
Clip corners. It’s best to clip on the colorful side so you can see your thread. Yes, I clipped on the black side for one and ended up restitching a corner. Learn from my mistakes!
Turn right side out. A crochet hook works fabulous for pushing those corners out.
Press seams. Pressing the seams just makes it easier to press the curtain flat.
Turn in opening and press. No picture of this one but I think you get the idea?
Place magnets (one at a time) inside through opening. Set in place using pins. I placed four magnets in even increments down each side.
After all magnets are placed, sew a line across the bottom to close the opening.
Pick a side and sew a straight (or semi-straight in my case) line just on the other side of the magnets, removing pins as you go.
Do the same for the remaining three sides.
You should still have pins in place on either side of the four magnets in the center of the covering.
Sew a short line on either side of the magnet to hold the magnet in place.
Clip all threads and press.
There you have it! A classroom door window covering that’s super easy for the teacher to use.
And here is one pushed up.
This year I made a classroom door window covering for each of my son’s teachers for Christmas. Not real personal, I know, but it is super practical and a gift I hope they will appreciate for years to come.
If you have the gumption to make a classroom door window covering for the teachers you know, feel free to use this free printable so teachers will know what in the world this rectangular piece of fabric is for!
If your classroom door does not have a magnetic frame, check out the classroom door window covering that a teacher invented here.
I am not guaranteeing that if your child’s classroom has a classroom door window covering that they will be safe from any harm at school. I just can’t make that guarantee but it is a step in the right direction.