If you’ve been following me for very long you won’t be surprised to find that I DIY-ed our curtains… and I am teaching you how to do the same! I first did this project this summer and have loved them so much that I am making more for our master bedroom. These are seriously the most inexpensive and easy curtain solution out there. It does take a little patience and effort but it is so worth it. So, lets get started.
Canvas Drop Cloths (6ft x 9ft)
(The bigger the better. I used the Everbilt (TM) 6 ft x 9ft)
Sewing Machine, preferred.
Cream Colored Thread
Measuring Tape or Ruler
Once you have your supplies gathered, it’s time to prep the drop cloths for alterations. It’s important to wash any fabric you plan to sew because it will naturally shrink… you want that to happen prior to sewing not after as it could potentially ruin all your hard work.
***If you use the Largest Everbilt Drop Cloths Out There:
The drop cloths I used this summer were joined together with a thick seam down the middle, due to their size (I was using the larger drop cloths that measured 13′ x 9′, this summer). Seam rip the middle to create two seperate panels. Iron each panel smooth. Next, fold the unfinished side twice and press with iron to create a smooth finished side.
Sew the pressed, unfinished seam. I used a zip-zag stitch to ensure it was a strong seam, as I don’t want these unraveling when I throw them in a washer, to periodically clean. Trim any loose threads and lay the panel flat on a large surface.***
Step 1: Once washed and dried, iron out any wrinkles in the canvas. You want to be sure that your canvas is easy to work with and fold.
I wanted to create a cute, farmhouse ruffle and be able to thread them through a traditional curtain rod. There are a lot of different finishes you can choose to do with your own curtains. I wanted a simple design, that would draw an eye up to the ceilings, making them seem taller.
Step 2: To create the ruffle, I simply measured a 14″ fold on the top of the panel. I pressed this with my iron and pinned two inches from the top, creating the actual sleeve for the curtain rod.
Step 3: I followed the pins with my sewing machine making sure to back stitch both end pieces, securing them from easily unraveling.
Watch the below video for the step by step!
There you have it! Cute, easy farmhouse styled curtains. This is a great, inexpensive option that you can customize to your liking. Here are a few quick, cute customization ideas:
-Add pom-pom trim for a boho look to the top or sides.
-Use fabric paint for a cute printed design.
-Use bleach or fabric dye to make lighter or change color.
-Opt out of the ruffle and use curtain rod ring clips, no need for sewing!
I hope this tutorial helps you make your house a home. Find more DIY inspiration by following along on Pinterest and Instagram. Comment below if you have any questions or share a picture of your DIY drop cloth curtains by tagging me on Instagram! As always, go make today beautiful! Thanks for reading, friends.