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 😉


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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  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. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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)

    • 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!

  6. tracy says

    on the picture where you show how you slide the rod through….it looks like you did the grommets through the middle of the fabric. did you double up the drop cloth?

    • says

      You mean dye them a particular color? I believe you could. I’ve never tried that though. You could also paint them {whether with stripes or a pattern}. I’ve seen that done before!

  7. says

    I bought my drop cloths, grommets, fabric glue at Walmart today! I’m so excited to get started. Thanks for posting and sharing 🙂 -Bev xoxo

    • says

      Yay Bev! I’m sure they will look fabulous! I didn’t know or think to look at Walmart for the drop cloth. That’s good to know! Good luck!

  8. StacyLV says

    Thank you for this great idea. I think you just solved the problem of waaaay toooo much sun coming into my Family Room in the summer afternoons. For awhile I had some really long bamboo shades mounted outside on the covered patio, blocking the sun from the patio, Family Room, and Master Bedroom, but someone other than me lowered them and they came crashing down! I think these curtains and plumbing fixture rods sprayed in the right color will do the trick!!! I do sew, so will not struggle with any of the curtain part. Now I just need to find some sort of veery breathable netting to mount on the north facing edge of the patio, any ideas? Something very strong, durable, bug proof, that can be weighted at the bottom, magnetized to seal seams, to keep bugs out so we can use our patio more in the summer. It get very hot during the day, cools down nicely at night, but we have bugs, oh we have bugs! And they like ME! Thanks for your help! StacyLV

  9. says

    These look fabulous Megan! I am reading a bunch of tutorial on how to make these curtains…thinking this may be my next project for my dining room.


  10. says

    Love these! Have not used the gromets but did mine with 2 inch tabs for a pleated look. Have also made a sofa cover from the drop clothes very easy, This weekend making patio cushions from drop cloths dyed tourquoise blue.

  11. Taylor says

    Do you know what brand of drop cloth you used. The link that is on here to lowes is no longer available? Also did your cloth have a plastic backing?

    • says

      Hi Taylor. I do not remember the brand of the drop cloth. It did not have plastic backing. Both sides were the drop cloth material. I’m sure any home improvement or paint store would have something that would be similar!

  12. Emily says

    Great idea! I’ve got an old gazebo on the back deck for shade and I can never find long, inexpensive privacy curtains for all 4 sides – great way to create an inexpensive matching set, and when they get ratty looking, my hubby can have them for their intended purpose.

    As an “avid non-sewer”, I have curtains made from matching dish towels hanging from dainty white tension rods. Lots of light/view of trees on the top half of the windows, and a pretty privacy curtain on the bottom half to screen household activities from that one neighbour who takes waaaaay too much interest in our comings and goings… Also, it’s fun to check out the linen/gift shops for pretty matching printed “sets” to change up my windows.

    • says

      Non-sewers unite! 🙂 Those curtains sound cute! And yes, you can totally pull the curtains down once they get dirty or worn and use recycle them for another use!


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