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Sheer Partition Screen

The beauty of this partition is two-fold: It diffuses light, so it's as flattering as a photo filter, and it moves around easily, so you can block the glare in all your reading spots.

diy sheer partition screen craft

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2020

Introduction

Learn how to build a screen partition. The beauty of this project is two-fold: It diffuses light, so it's as flattering as a photo filter, and it moves around easily. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of sheer fabric projects and other sewing projects for the home.

materials

  • Measuring tape

  • 5 1/2 yards cotton-voile fabric (B&J Fabrics 100 percent Indian-Cotton Voile, 44" wide, in #74489872, $16 a yd., bandjfabrics.com)

  • Clothing iron

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • Electric drill and T25 bit

steps

  1. Measure one section of screen, inside frame. Add 1 1/2 inches to width (to allow for side hems: 3/4 inch for each side), and 14 inches to length (to allow for top and bottom channels and seam allowance: 6 1/4 inches for each channel and 3/4 inch for each seam). Cut out 3 fabric panels to those measurements.

  2. Double-hem sides: Fold edge of a long side of one panel under by 3/8 inch; press with iron. Fold under by 3/8 inch again; press, pin, and edge-stitch. Repeat to finish opposite side and remaining panels.

  3. Create top and bottom channels: Fold top edge of one panel under by 3/8 inch; press. Fold under by 3/8 inch again; press. Fold under by another 3 1/4 inches, pin, and edge-stitch. Repeat to finish bottom of panel and remaining panels.

  4. Remove horizontal rods of one panel one at a time (for the screen we used, you'll need a T25 drill bit to loosen screws); slide through fabric panel's channel. Reattach rod to screen. Repeat to install remaining panels.

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