Recently, I bought new linen bedding which inspired me to change out my curtains! Then, the rug, lol! Since I have always loved the natural look of cotton canvas, I wanted to try DIY drop cloth curtains. They are so easy to hang, and budget friendly. Today, I am sharing my best advice so you can make no sew drop cloth curtains, too!
First, measure your windows before you go shopping for materials to make these ‘no sew drop cloth curtains.’ This will help you determine how many drop cloth curtains are needed and which size to purchase. Keep in mind that drop cloth typically comes in 6×9 feet or 5×8 feet increments.
Consider the height of the window and preference on curtain length from floor to rod. Do you like the curtains to puddle a few inches near the floor or kiss the floor. Do you like the curtains rod to hang a few inches or a foot above the window trim?
Next, measure the width of the window. Typically, you want the curtain panel to be at least twice the width of the window. For example, my window is 3 feet wide. Therefore, I chose drop cloth that is 6 feet wide.
I suggest one 6×9 drop cloth for a single window (approximately 3 feet wide) and two panels for double windows. However, you may like a fuller look or the ability to separate two curtain panels on both sides of the windows. Therefore you could opt for two panels on a single window.
For myself, I like the coverage of one panel on the single window on either side of my bed. Specifically, I like to push the right side curtain to the right to open it, and the left window curtain to the left so it frames out the bed.
Next, iron or steam the drop cloth curtains to reduce the folds in the fabric from packaging. Actually, if you choose to steam, you can do it after you hang the curtains! It’s all good!
Using your drill, hang the curtain rod brackets according to your height preference. Typically, you hang curtains 2 – 6 inches above the window trim. However, I prefer to hang curtains halfway between the window and the ceiling to bring the eye up.
The top of my window trim is 7 feet. However, I hung the rod about a foot higher than the trim.
First, lay the drop cloth on the floor. Next, using your measurements, determine how much to fold the top of drop cloth curtains. For example, I hung the hardware 8 feet from the floor. Knowing the curtain panel is 9 feet tall allowed me to determine that I needed a 12 inch fold. You can decide if you want the fold to show in the front or back.
I used about 7 curtain rings per panel. Consequently, most packages of clips come in sets of 7 or 14. For a six foot wide panel, I laid the measuring tape across the folded drop cloth curtain. Then, I placed a curtain ring on the folded panel at both ends and every 12 inches.
If you like to use more curtain rings, just divide the width of the panel with how many rings that you want to use. For example, for a 6 foot or 72 inch panel divide by 10 rings. So place curtain rings every 7.2 inches.
First, hold the outside ring in one hand. Then, allow the fabric to fall into 6 inches folds before grabbing the next ring. This will create a pleated look.
Lastly, slide the rings clipped to the drop cloth curtain onto the rod before placing onto the curtain brackets.
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