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My Etsy Shop is OPEN!

Exciting stuff is going on that I wanted to share with you. I recently had the opportunity to design and make a window shade for a teacher friend of mine.  At my son’s school, each teacher needs to have the ability to cover the window in their door very quickly in case of a “Lockdown” drill.  Most teachers do this by using a rolled up piece of construction paper, some tape and a clothespin or paper clip. Not the most attractive or reliable thing as you can imagine.

I thought that I could make a pretty, durable, and much more effective curtain so I came up with this…


Now I ask you, isn’t that pretty?  I designed it to hang on two Command Hooks – the kind that you can remove without damaging the door.  To install it, you just unroll the shade, and hook the loops onto the Command Hook.  Then roll it up and wrap the straps around from the back and hook those onto the same Command Hooks again.  See it here closer up…


In a drill, or God forbid and actual emergency, all she has to do is to unhook the straps and the curtain will unroll and cover her door.  Easy-peesy and an added layer of protection from the bad guys.

So after talking with my teacher friend and a few more teachers who gave me some encouragement, I decided to make up some samples and open an Etsy Shop where I could offer these to any teacher who might like one.  I made a whole bunch of different designs, and will be adding more as time goes on, but you will find the first dozen or so for sale in my shop right now.  Please spread the word to all your teacher friends and direct them to my shop at:

Here’s a preview of some of my designs, but I can do custom designs upon request.  In case you were wondering, my kids attend school in North Carolina, hence the NC university designs.

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Please visit my new shop and let me know what you think of it!  Please recommend me to a teacher today.

Thanks all!


About lauraerickson2001

I'm a stay at home mom with two little boys, and two little dogs. I spend my spare time working on crafty projects that run the gambit from cookie decorating to furniture refinishing (to blogging!).

11 responses »

  1. Wow, that’s SO awesome. You are so TALENTED!!!

    It’s sad that this is a need because of the world we live in. but your talent makes it much nicer addition to the classroom environment and makes it positive instead of the negative connotations. I will share this with educators I work with.

    It also makes me thing of people’s homes who have those “side lights” on both sides of their front doors. I think those are beautiful but some of them afford NO privacy. Have you thought about expanding this idea to the general public for their front doors? It would be much cheaper than buying formal blinds (which are awkward) or curtains (which are to large). Just a thought since I’m so impressed with your idea! [😊]



  2. Claire Maragnano

    Great article. So proud of you

  3. Tamara Aevermann

    I am still unsure of how you release them to drop down?

    • So sorry that I am just now responding. I just saw this note today and am not sure how I could have missed it.
      The straps that hold the roll of fabric in place have loops at the ends. The loops are hooked onto the Command Hooks on the door. If you unhook them, and let them drop, the fabric rolls out and drops, covering the window. I hope that explains it better. Let me know if you need more information, I’d be glad to supply it.

  4. Do you have instructions for this? I would love to make one!

    • I am sorry for the delayed response, I just found this email. I cannot share my pattern as I am trying to protect my business and its employees. I hope you understand. Thank you for the interest in my shop!

  5. Collette MacNicol

    Would you be willing to share your pattern with me? I lead a Girl Scout Troop and our school asked us to do this for them.

    • Sorry for the delay in response, I just found this email. I cannot share my pattern since I cannot do that and still protect my business and employees. I hope you understand.
      Thank you so much for your interest in my product.

  6. Do you make these for other people and if so how much are they?

    • Sherry,
      So very sorry, I just found this email now. Yes, I sell a great deal of these in my etsy shop. They are $23 each and come in a wide array of fabrics. Please visit and see for yourself…

      Thanks for your interest!


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