Make Your Own Flyscreen

With some basic sewing skills you can make your own self-closing flyscreen. Well it's a curtain actually. Made from standard curtain netting with polycotton edging strips, velcro at the sides and small magnets to close the curtain after you walk through.
This is what the flyscreen looks like from the inside. Ours is mounted on the outside of the kitchen door in our English farm cottage.
if you are going in and out a lot, such as when you're unpacking the groceries, you can hold the curtain open like this because the magnets will grip on to your metal door hardware.
We used small neodymium magnets. Neodymium is quite a strong magnet so you only need small ones. Smaller magnets look better too. I stitched little pockets in the centre strips to hold them. Leave a small gap so you can take them out when you want to wash it. To make your own, check out the full tutorial on the blog!

Sally Campbell
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  • Karen Karen on Jun 20, 2017
    Can you use on a front door? I do not have a screen door! Also how would i do the bottom so bugs dont get in? Thank you!

  • Bobbi Woolwine Bobbi Woolwine on Mar 18, 2021

    I want to use magnets to securely close the Lill Curtain panels on my front porch, in the most discrete way possible. Since I'm doing Coastal Farmhouse, I was thinking of using seashells and the glass gems from Dollar Tree, as I'm using the gems for the weights for the curtains also. Gluing them would be the easiest, but washing them would be the problem with that. Please help me brainstorm this problem!


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  • Linda Eady McCollough Linda Eady McCollough on Jan 13, 2017
    Thinking about trying with out (camping) dinning tent!

  • Cheesecake chick Cheesecake chick on Jan 13, 2017
    ikea curtains......try the LILL. 5 bucks a pair, I will be using them to create this door, and to "screen" in the rest of my "porch" at a little cabin I just bought in Indiana.