Friday, August 1, 2014

5 Minute No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

Canvas drop cloth curtains have been increasing in popularity for a few years now and there is good reason, they are durable, washable, inexpensive and so easy to transform into beautiful drapes that look like linen without the cost. Here is how I made mine in about five minutes and without sewing...
I love the texture (and price) of the Blue Hawk drop cloths available at Lowe's, which is what I used in the photographs shown here. I have bought several from there and now have curtains made from them in both my living room and playroom.
To make two long panels, I purchased one 4' x 15' drop cloth (update 11/19/15: I am not sure they still carry these specific drop cloths at Lowe's). I chose this size because I needed them to be about 7' long by 4' wide but they didn't have that size ready made.

I threw it in the washing machine first, without detergent, to loosen it a bit, dried it and then folded it in half. If you really wanted to iron it first at this point you could, but I chose not to (can I get a, "Lazy!").
I then cut it (as straight as possible) down the center.
Okay, so now I had two "curtains". That's it. I decided not to hem the edge, since I don't mind the rustic look. I actually prefer it. I had to hang them....
I found drapery clip rings at Target and purchased a dark bronze for the living room and satin nickel for the playroom. Here are some drapery rings (affiliate link*) that show the wide variety available. The packages that I bought had seven each in them, so I bought a set for each panel. 

Then I had to space them out evenly, so here is how I went about doing that. I started by clipping one on each end and then folding the panel in half and putting one in the center. That part is simple enough. (Notice: I was doing this on the living room floor, and someone had to get his little feet in there :).
Now, you could get out a measuring tape and make sure you get it just perfect from here on out if you wanted to, but I didn't. I was lazy again and chose to fold it over twice to figure out where the second and third hooks should go.
Then, I used the placement of those for the last two. And voila! Ready to hang!
I recently decided to redecorate the playroom into a more "industrial" style than colorful/vintage, so I have started by redoing the curtains. You can check out the one I had made previously here, but I was never happy with it (so much so that I never made the other).

I finally figured out was way too short! I don't know what I was thinking, plus I just got really tired of seeing the polk-a-dots from the living room (and I know that my kids don't mind either way), so out went the old and in went the new...
I am debating about spray painting gray horizontal stripes on the bottom, but we will see. If I do, I will definitely share here.

I did things a differently for the curtains in the living room because they were going on industrial piping. I will try to share how we did that another day. It is a bit trickier because you have to get the rings on the pipe before you hang it on the wall. 
Since both of these rooms are directly across from each other, I am really loving having the same curtains to unify them. I think I will also be replacing the playroom curtain rods with industrial piping, because I not only love the look, but the rings slide on them so much better than traditional rods (which the rings get stuck on when trying to open and close the curtains). Will share progress of the playroom as it comes together!

UPDATE 11/19/15: I don't know if Lowe's still carries this brand of drop cloths. The Blue Hawk brand is specific to Lowe's. Here are some other canvas drop cloths (affiliate link*) to check out, although I don't know how the would compare to these in color and texture as I have not used any other brand.

I do not have a tutorial for the industrial pipe rods. My husband purchased the individual components and had the rods cut to size at Lowe's.

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~Alice W.

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