It couldn’t be any easier to get that classic farmhouse look for cheap when you make your own drop-cloth curtains. And since my days are busy and my sewing skills are less than stellar, I’m all about the no-sew method.
Fun fact: About 6 years into our marriage, my husband brought home an old, rickety sewing machine. (Don’t ask why, he loves finding “treasures”). But imagine my surprise when he gets the thing going and starts sewing pillows out of old shirts for our girls. Like, HOW did I not know this about my own husband? So yeah, he sews and I don’t. Try to look past his chest hair and see how amazed our oldest daughter is of his sewing skills. Heart melted.
Alright, enough backstory, let’s get to it.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
-At least two (2) 6′ x 9′ drop cloths or one (1) 4′ x 15 drop cloth which can be cut in half to make two (2) 4′ x 7.5′ panels.
-A set of curtain clip rings. Note: you will need around 6-8 rings per curtain panel. Keep in mind you will want a diameter of about 1.5″ to 2″. Some of the 1″ ring clips are entirely too small for most curtain rods and don’t allow you to open and close the curtains easily. I’ve linked some above, but you can check your local Wal-Mart or Target, too.
-An iron or washer & dryer.
Here’s what you’ll do:
-The first thing you need to do when receiving your drop cloth is to break in the fabric and remove any wrinkles. I gave my panels a wash in hot water & then dried on high heat, but you can certainly steam iron yours, if you wish.
-Lay flat on the floor.
-If you purchased one larger panel to be cut down, lay your panel out flat on the floor and with sharp scissors cut straight down the middle to make two (2) 4′ x 7.5′ panels.
-Now decide if you want the bunched/folded over top or if you want them to look more traditional with no bunching. You will need to measure the distance between your curtain rod to floor to get the desired length you want. If you need to cut your panels down, do so with sharp scissors and I recommend displaying the raw cut end at the bottom so it can pool a bit. You can also sew or use hem tape if you want a more polished look. But the fun thing about the bunched look is that you don’t need to make any additional cuts, folding over the excess fabric solves that problem.
-For the bunched look at the top, I folded about 8″ of fabric on top of itself and then starting attaching clip rings at the top about 6″ apart for each panel.
Then, just bunch the rings together and slide them onto your curtain rod, then step back and admire your not-so-hard work. Easy peasy puddin’ pie.
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