How to Make an Indoor Window Awning

indoor blue and white striped awning over a table
What You'll Need
Sewing machine
Curtain rods
Fabric glue
Tape measure

When you think about an awning you would rarely think about an indoor window awning as they are primarily used as an outside window covering. There are several reasons to installing an indoor window awning. Perhaps you own a business and you want to create an outdoor feel inside. Maybe you are creating a soda jerk theme from the 1950s and an indoor window awning can give it that proper feel. Making an indoor window awning is not only easy but inexpensive. This article will show you how to make an indoor window awning regardless of what you want to use it for.

Step 1 - Purchase the Fabric for the Indoor Window Awning

booth with red and white striped awning

In order to purchase the fabric for the indoor window awning you need to know how much fabric it is that you need. Use your measuring tape and measure the length of the window you want to cover with an indoor window awning. Add an inch to the length you determined. Decide how far you want the indoor window awning to protrude out from the window. Take your measurements to the fabric store. The type of fabric you buy is completely up to you and how you want your indoor window awning to look. You could make it out of cotton blends, vinyl, canvas or any other fabric. You can combine colors and sew them together to get a circus look to your awning.

Step 2 - The Curtain Rods

Many curtain rods are expandable but you can go cheaper by purchasing commercial grade dowel rods. These will be long enough to cover the length of the window. Decide on the kind of wood you want then go to the home improvement store. Find a dowel rod that is long enough and have the store cut the rod to the length you need. Do not forget dowel rods to be used as a way to lift the indoor window awning away from the window.

Step 3 - Sew the Awning Fabric

dark grey fabric on a sewing machine

In order to get the awning fabric perfect lay it out on the floor, table, or some other work surface. Place the curtain rod on the fabric and line it up with an edge. Pull the fabric up and over the curtain rod. Adjust the fabric as needed so that the curtain rod is closed in the fabric but it is not too snug. Pin the fabric you pulled over the curtain rod to the main fabric. Remove the curtain rod and bring the fabric to your sewing machine. Carefully sew the curtain flap over the rod to the main fabric. The goal here is to create an opening where the curtain rod can be slid into. Sew a half-inch hem on the bottom of the awning fabric.

Step 4 - Finish Up

In order to make sure that the indoor window awning will work you need to try it out. Take the curtain rod you used and slide it through the awning fabric you sewed up.