How to Make No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains
Learn how to make dIY No-sew drop cloth curtains with Jodie at the BBC Design School in London, and then share your creations with Newsround viewers via iReport and social media using the hashtag #DIYNoSew.
Drop Cloth Curtain Blog Update
We’ve been making drop cloth curtains for about five years now, and we’ve learned a few things that we can’t wait to share with you.
Option 2 (new)
Instead of hemming the bottom and leaving the existing hem, Option 2 allows you to skip the hemming and glue gun step entirely. We measured the height of the panel and simply folded the top over (fold on the inside) and clipped it.
Materials to Make DIY Drop Cloth Curtains with a Twist
Chicago Canvas Drop Cloth, 09u2032 x 12u2032 (I cut this and made two 9’x5′ drop cloths per window); alternatively, you can buy 9u2032 x 6u2032 dropcloths and avoid cutting, and you’ll have hemmed edges all around.
Step 1. Iron or steam your drop cloth curtain panels.
If you despise ironing, now is a good time to invest in a good steamer. This Rowenta hand-held steamer is a godsend, and we now recommend it to all of our friends, including YOU.
Step 2. Measure.
To make the room look like a living room or dining room, you’ll need to measure your window and determine how much space you have.
Step 3. Hem your panels.
The bottom hem of your drop cloth curtains is more important because it must be carefully measured in order to create the length of panel that you want for your window. We had a lot of trial and error getting the measurements right and ended up with the first couple of panels that were much shorter than we wanted.
Step 4: Attach your hanging clips.
We used about 8-10 clips per panel, arranged in groups of ten. Because they come in packs of ten, you may want to space them closer together just to use them all.
Step 5: Hang your panels.
If you have the space, hang your drop cloth curtains further outside. Check the height of the curtains before marking the height on the wall, and then mark the horizontal spot so you know where you’ll be attaching your brackets.
Should I wash my drop cloths before ironing?
Drop cloths can be washed and dried ahead of time, or they can be washed and dried for a rustic-farmhouse look. The rust looks like chipped paint on a vintage dresser.
How sheer are the drop cloths? Do I need to add blackout liners to my drop cloth curtains?
The drop cloth material is quite thick and blocks the light well; it is thicker than most retail curtains, but you may need to add a blackout liner if you really need the light blocked.
Make No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains: The Results
These no-sew drop cloth curtains completely transformed our home, and once we finished the “wall-o’curtains,” we just kept going. For more easy and inexpensive ways to update your home, check out our other DIY projects and budget decorating tips.
Can you cut drop cloth curtains?
Keep in mind that you can cut the drop cloths to fit a smaller window; for example, if you’re trying to fit these on a small window in your kitchen, you could simply cut them to size and then fold over the cut edge with a bit of fabric glue to create a finished seam.
How do you soften a curtain drop cloth?
If you’ve ever felt these drop cloths, you’ll know that they’re quite stiff when you first get them. I simply washed mine in hot water with detergent and dried them; they soften up quickly and the more you wash them, the softer they become.
Can you dye canvas drop cloth?
I like dyeing canvas drop cloths because you can make them as dark or light as you want depending on how long you leave the fabric in the dye bath, and they have a nubby texture that makes them feel vintage while still being very durable. You can see how we made a stenciled pillow for the breakfast nook here.
What is the best drop cloth for curtains?
THIS IS BY FAR…MY FAVORITE DROP CLOTH FABRIC TO USE! This is a 6 oz canvas, which means it is a lighter, more utility weight fabric. This means it is softer, a little thinner, and more pliable, and hangs better.
Do drop cloth curtains block light?
Because the drapery lining is blackout lining, the sides of the panels do not provide as much light blocking, as you can see in this photo; however, because the drapery lining is blackout lining, these curtains make the room plenty dark!
How do you cover a sofa with a drop cloth?
Tuck the drop cloth’s sides in between the arms and seat cushions, then tuck it in between the arms and back cushions, leaving two drop cloth corners hanging off the front and back of the sofa’s ends.
What is a drop cloth?
a protective sheet (made of cloth or plastic) used to cover floors and furniture by painters.
What Colour goes with drop cloth?
Drop Cloth is a great neutral to pair with a lot of the old Farrow & Ball colors.
Is canvas drop cloth waterproof?
Canvas is a classic drop cloth material; the operative term is ‘drop’. Canvas is not waterproof, but it should provide adequate protection against drops. Plastic of medium grade should be water resistant, but woven plastic tarps should be avoided.
What is a drop cloth curtain?
Drop cloth fabric, also known as painter’s drop cloth fabric, is ideal for making soft goods for the home, such as curtains, pillows, slipcovers, and throws. It is known for its durability and thick canvas material, and has been used by painters for years.
What is painter’s drop cloth made of?
Drop cloth canvases are made of 100% cotton fibre (YAY) and are tightly woven fabrics, which are ideal for pet-friendly homes because hairs are less likely to become lodged in a tight weave. The material is also durable and can withstand repeated washing and abuse.
How do you soften canvas drop cloth?
Wash in hot water with laundry detergent, then dry. Washing with laundry detergent softens the fabric, and because canvas drop cloths are 100% cotton, they need to be washed and dried before cutting.
How do you dye a large piece of fabric?
Wet fabric thoroughly (you can wet large pieces evenly by running them through the washing machine’s rinse cycle) and immerse in dye bath. Move fabric around in water with a stainless steel spoon (or a wooden spoon reserved only for dyeing) to avoid uneven dyeing. Keep item in dye 5 to 15 minutes, stirring the entire time.