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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Painter's Drop Cloth Curtains

Yes, I finally opened the packages of drop cloths and made the curtains.  I've only been meaning to do it for a year.  It's very easy to do too.  I was very lazy in a hurry so I didn't sew any hems or iron a thing - not even one wrinkle.  I know...gasp!  All four panels were done and hung in under 30 minutes.  The only thing you'll want to make sure you do, is wash and dry your drop cloth first.
So this is what you need:
-A 6x9 canvas drop cloth (or in my case two of them) 
 I like the regular weight canvas for these because I think they drape better than the heavy weight.  They're not as stiff.  Cheaper too - bonus!
-drapery clip rings (from Walmart)
- curtain rods
After washing and drying, I immediately took them out of the dryer to avoid too many wrinkles

Lay them out on the floor and fold them in half.  Then I cut along the fold.  The beauty of drop cloths is that they already have a nice finished edge all the way around so there is no hemming involved - yay!
The cut edge will not have a hem but you can cheat like I did and just fold it over.  Then take your handy little drapery clip and clip that baby to hold the fold.  Just put that edge along your wall so you don't see it.  Clip the cloths with your clip rings (you can fold over any excess fabric if you need to depending on the height of your windows)
Now hang your new linen-like curtains and fluff as desired.

You can buy whatever size drop cloth you need to suit your window size and shape. 6x9 worked for me but yours may be different. Also, feel free to iron them to your liking if you have the time and patience (which sometimes I don't - haha)

Hmmm...after looking at the photos, I need to paint my curtain rods black!  They went well with the toile curtains I had, but not these.

Have a great Friday!
xo and God Bless,

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Blondie's Journal said...

These look awesome and for someone like me that can't sew, perfect!! Great job!!


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

You are so cleaver in your creations and I am loving those shades too. I was just at WAlmart, wish I had known to look for them. Have a great Thursday, T

Pamela said...

Beautiful and simple..i love this!

Shabby Chic Sandy said...

These look great--I love them!

Honey at 2805 said...

You make these look expensive! I would be delighted if your would link to Potpourri Friday (and a giveaway).

saltbox treasures said...

Your drop cloth drapes are wonderful!
~ Julie

Honey at 2805 said...

I will be looking at your beautiful blog to see some of your other creative ideas!

I delighted you joined Potpourri Friday and hope you will put it on you schedule each week. I appreciate you!

Mrs.B said...

Love these. I have them in my son's room. They look great.

Heaven's Walk said...

Beautiful! I just love the simplicity of these! Where did you purchase your drop cloths? I heard that the ones at Lowes are whiter than the ones at Home Depot? I'm assuming that you won't be closing these drapes at all....?

xoxo laurie

Honey at 2805 said...

These turned out so beautifully! I am delighted you linked to Potpourrri Friday. I appreciate you and hope you will make this a weekly stop.

Now, this afternoon I'll be looking through some more of your projects!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Those look really great and you can't beat the price for drop cloths! I just used some to make slipcover for a chair and loved working with them.

Carolyn said...

Great idea-simple but elegant! I love the Walmart lampshades and hope they have them here(P.E.I.)-I am off to check.

I just found your lovely blog today and am now a follower.


French Country Gal said...

I've seen this done before and love the idea, I've even seen these used for making slipcovers, they're so durable. They look lovely! So nice to have a project that doesn't take hours.....lol

Tiedupmemories said...

Wow! You have saved me mega bucks! I have Yellow french country curtains all over my home and have wanted to change to the linen drapes and this is so perfect!!!! Thank you so much for this idea!

Ellen said...

Who would of ever thought to use drop cloths.... looks awesome and easy peasy also....love them. They compliment your sofa.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I love your curtains! How unique! It's nice that you did not have to spend a whole bunch to get this effect. I love your blog. Please feel free to visit my blog when you get a chance.

Vanessa said...

Thank you so much for the GREAT idea! I just created a post about my new curtains, and referenced your site.