DIY Drop Cloth Curtains {No Sew Curtains}

Hope everyone had a good weekend! I got lots of things crossed off my list, including a few on my goal list for this month, so yay!

I showed you guys last week how I made my curtain rod for my room out of plumbing materials and door knobs.

DIY Curtain Rod

Today I thought I would show you guys how I made my curtains.

DIY Drop Cloth Curtains {No Sew}

I had an idea that I wanted my curtains to be almost linen like. Something pretty simple and classic.

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t know how to sew {but I hope to learn one day}. So I knew I was either going to have to find something that was pre-made or that wouldn’t require any sewing.

Enter drop cloth. Hardware stores carry fabric drop cloths that are typically used when painting. I had been seeing for a while people using drop cloth for curtains. It had that ‘linen’ look to it I was going for so I figured I would try my hand at making my own drop cloth curtains.

Drop Cloth

The drop cloth material I got was already the perfect width. It was just too long.

Drop Cloth Cut

So, I measured the height of my window and figured out where I wanted the curtains to sit on the floor and cut the excess off.

Iron On Hem

The beauty of drop cloth is that the sides were already hemmed, so no sewing was needed for that. Since I did have to cut the material down though, and didn’t want the bottom to have a frayed edge, I did use a little iron on hem adhesive .

Iron On Hem 2

I just added a strip down at the bottom and ironed over it. Who says I need to learn how to sew? ;)

For hanging the curtains, I opted to use some simple grommets. You can get these at any craft store or hardware store. I got mine from JoAnn’s.

Curtain Grommets

The ones they had in stock were black, which I didn’t love. But that’s nothing that a little spray paint can’t fix ;)

Rustoleum

I used my new handy dandy Rustoleum  attachment that I got as part of my swag from the Haven Conference and gave them a fresh coat of white paint.

Attaching Grommets

After the grommets had dried, I spaced them out evenly at the top of the curtain.

I didn’t do a very good job of taking pictures of this next step, but you basically cut out a circle from your fabric based on the size of your grommets {side note: the pack I got came with a pattern that you use to trace, I only learned that after I threw away the package and dug through the trash to find it to no avail}.

Then you just snap your grommets together from each side.

Close Up Grommet

Then I just slid my curtain rod through.

No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

Here’s a close up of them hung up.

Curtains and Rod

Total cost for my curtains came to $39. Cost breakdown::

-Drop cloth fabric: $17

-Grommets: $11

-White spray paint: $6

-Heat N Bond Hem: $5

And as a bonus I have leftover drop cloth fabric, probably enough to make another panel of curtains if needed.

So for both my curtain rod and curtains, I came right under spending $80. I realize that might be slightly more expensive than something I could have gone out and bought. But, I don’t think I would have been able to find exactly what I wanted.

One thing that I forgot to mention is that I did pre-wash the drop cloth. The material is a little stiff when you first get it. Washing it helped to soften the material.

DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

I’m really happy with the way both my curtains and curtain rod turned out. It all goes perfectly with my chippy door and the rest of my room!

Drop Cloth Curtains

What do you think? Would you agree?

Have you ever made drop cloth curtains or made anything with drop cloth for that matter?

Linking up to: Home Stories A to Z, Uncommon, Shabby Creek Cottage, Serenity Now, Liz Marie

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Comments

  1. Kristy says:

    You and I couldn’t be more different! You’d rather iron, and I’d rather sew! I just recently learned about how easy it is to use grommets. My next set of curtains might have those! I’ve made a couple sets of curtains lately (within the last year), and I love them! It’s always exciting when you make something and it turns out exactly how you envision it! Your room is looking great!

  2. Lovely Megan!!! Might have to try my hands at a drop cloth project! love the added grommets! ;)

  3. Deidre says:

    Great job! Where did you find your drop cloths was it Lowes or home depot? Love the finished curtains!

  4. Claire says:

    Great tutorial! I keep trying to convince my sister-in-law that we should do drop cloth curtains to cover a really big window at the cottage. I just found a two pack of lighter coloured drop cloths at Home Depot (instead of the yellowy shade they sometimes are) for $19.99 and they are the right width, but too long. Knowing that I don’t have to sew them (because I don’t sew!) to make them look fabulous is a great motivator!

    I’m off to check our your curtain rod post, too!

    Visiting from Serenity Now!

  5. Kayla says:

    I just went and bought my drop clothes now first thing in the morning am going to go get my grommets! I have to ask if you have a tutorial on the amazing letter in the last picture?

  6. Andrea says:

    Im so glad your DIY came up in my search. I’ve found plenty of tutorials on painting curtains, which I did already, but you were the first to help me solve the ‘how do I hang them up?’ puzzle. Off to find grommets!

  7. Claire says:

    Can you tell me where you purchased your drop-cloth from and how many times you washed? I’ve seen other bloggers post their DIY of these but their fabric doesn’t look this soft and linen-like.

    Thank you,
    Claire (fellow no-sewer, heat and bond user)

    • Megan says:

      Hi Claire! I actually got my drop cloth at Home Depot. I only washed it once before putting everything together. If you wanted it even ‘softer’ you could wash it a second time. Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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