DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

Rarely do I purchase pre-made curtains for my home. It’s been this way ever since I’ve been messin’ around with hearth and home. And so recently I went on the hunt for curtain fabric. I seriously considered burlap, but then I saw another blog where drop cloth had been used and changed my mind.

  After a quick trip to the paint store for drop cloth, I set up my mother’s old Kenmore sewing machine.
I planned to make tab curtains but then I remembered I had tons of twine that could be used for the tabs.
I cut the twine in even length strips.
After sewing the edges of the drop cloth curtains, I attached the twine in sets of three.
Double them over in the middle and sew the twine to the curtain top, sewing back and forth several times.
Flip the curtain right side up to check the stitching for neatness.
Tie the twine into a bow on the curtain rod and let the ends trail down.
Three sets of curtains for about $30. Even IKEA can’t beat that price.
Outside the window it’s snowing. A lot!
Looking at these photos, I think I’m going to add some stenciling to the curtains.
What do you think? Stencil, or leave as is?
Maybe a few candles are in order on this snowy winter day.
Taffy enjoys looking out the window to watch the snow fall.
I think we’ll stay in tonight and enjoy the cozy candlelight.

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  1. lovely. i am considering trying drop cloth to cover a chair. You should stencil your curtains and let me know how easy/or not it is so that I can do it!
    have a great weekend indoors?

  2. I love this idea! I might have to “re-do” my kitchen curtains now! I think some stenciling might be nice too! Yes, please post an update if you do, so we can see how it turns out. By the way I am a new “mommy blogger” and would love your expert opinion. Thanks!
    http://fabulously-homemade.com

  3. Jennifer they look great!!

  4. They turned out great Jennifer. Stenciling would be really pretty – something towards the bottom in a cool design maybe. I like them they way they are too. Stenciling onto that type of material should be pretty easy. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jennifer I adore these done with the twine! I think either way, stenciling would be beautiful on the panels!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  6. How did we ever survive any craft project without our beloved dropcloths??? lol! I’ve used them as curtains and upholstery,too – and just love the way they come out! Your drapes look fabulous with the twine tabs! :)

    xoxo laurie

  7. Very smart looking!!! Not as dusty and linty as burlap. Here’s my question…can they be laundered??? Love the twine…hugs…cleo

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. We have floor to ceiling windows that could really use it. I just love long and flowy! Yours turned out great.

    Kathleen
    http://charmbraceletdiva.blogspot.com

  9. Clever lady, love the idea! They look fantastic with the twine tabs. Diane

  10. your curtains are so pretty..the twine is a great touch! enjoy!!

  11. Great idea – another blog find! Have a huge bay window in my living room that needs new curtains. I was thinking Ikea for plain linen, but the drop cloth idea might work better (cheaper).

  12. Oh, you did a beautiful job! I have thought of making some curtains like this but haven’t gotten up the nerve! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. I love those curtains and especially the twine tabs. I like those better than the regular tab tops and it looks easier too. I’m like you…I have rarely ever purchased curtains. I use lots of tension rods and those clips to hang dresser scarves, feed sacks, tea towels and anything else I can get my hands on! LOL! I have several bigger windows though that could use an update and that looks like just the ticket! Thank you so much…now I just need a blog that shows me how to slipcover using those drop clothes! Gorgeous! And as for the stenciling…I love them as is but if you think they need it then go for it…you’re very talented!

  14. Fantastic job!! I love the texture it brings to the room.

  15. Love your curtains, they’re gorgeous. Loads of blogs have mentioned ‘drop cloths’ before, but I was never sure what they were. Thanks for mentioning going to a paint store – I think that’s what we would call dust sheets in the UK, though I don’t think they come in such a nice fabric as yours !

  16. Jennifer, The curtains turned out great and I really like the twine. I say go for the stenciling even if you just add it to the bottom of the curtains. xo, Sherry

  17. I love the curtains! I will be stealing this idea for my country home.Thanks for sharing :)
    I also want to thank you for your flattering comment on my blog. Your site is very lovely as well! Love the glowing candle pictures!
    I’m following back :)

  18. That’s a clever idea!

  19. I love the addition of the twine! So homey and comfy; those curtains look fabulous.

  20. Goodness ME! 2 comments! I feel honored! Then when I come to say Thank You! I find a new blog to love and follow! LOVE the curtains!! See you soon!

    XO
    Andrea

  21. Your curtains look great! I’ve used drop cloth to make roman shades, I just may try curtains like yours! I love the twine you used.

    I found your blog via Country Living’s Show-Off Sunday post on Facebook.

  22. I love them! I am a huge fan of drop cloth curtains. I actually made some for my porch a couple of years ago.
    You did a great job!

  23. The curtains turned out great! I’m thinking of getting on the dropcloth curtain bandwagon. :) I say yes to stenciling.

    Sharon

  24. p.s.
    I’m following now with google reader.

    Sharon

  25. Fabulous! You did a great job! I love the look of these curtains.

    ~Liz

    P.S. I’m following you now… I hope you will come by and say hi!

  26. I really like them, I especially like how how you attached them with the twine. I have a booth in an antique mall I’m opening up, and planned on using drop cloths, but now I will attached using you twine hangers. love the look. thank so much for sharing how you did them. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best party.

  27. Love those!!

  28. Your draperies are fabulous!Thank you for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

  29. Love the twine ties for your curtains, Jennifer. I’ve been considering using drop cloths to make panels for my son’s living room. Yours turn out terrific. ;)

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  30. They look terrific. I enjoyed my visit to your blog so much!!! Hugs

  31. I see now! It’s twine! I love twine! Great idea!

    Lou Cinda

  32. How about adding some kind of trim that would co-ordindate with some stenciling, keep it simple. This is an older post I’m responding to imagine you’ve done whatever you were going to do to your drop cloth curtains. Hope I can find a post that shows them, would love to see what you did.

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