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Hello and welcome to my blog if you’re a newbie to Do Dodson Designs. 🙂 Today, I want to share with you my experience making DIY drop cloth curtains. They sounded like they were fairly easy to make from what I have been reading. Umm… yes and no. I’ll share the process step by step and some things you may not know about drop cloths. It surprised the heck outta me, but it was still worth the effort.
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes
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What’s The Best Drop Cloth To Use For Curtains?
Okay, you’re in luck because this isn’t my first go-around with making drop cloth curtains. I’ve made 3 sets from different manufacturers, and the one I recommend using is this brand. First off, this one is lightweight, making them easy to work with and not to mention easy to hang. And if you’re going to be sewing (hemming) your curtains, these are way easier on your machine.
- Drop Clothes ( I like these the best 6 Ft X 9 Ft)
- Lint Brush (left-over fuzz)
- Curtain Rings With Clips (ring size will depend on curtain rod)
But before you even think about moving forward with your project… wash these bad boys twice before you get started! I used the hot water setting on my washing machine and high heat in the dryer. They will shrink! They’re cotton. And if you want a lighter color, try adding a measured amount of bleach in the wash cycle. I did not want to bleach mine.
Secondly, the price is right. I purchased these 6 Ft X 9 Ft drop clothes at Walmart for $9.97 each. That’s about the best price I have found, and depending on your window size, 1 drop cloth will make 1 panel. Multiply times 2, and you have yourself a $20 curtain! Unheard of! If you know of another brand of drop cloth, let me know, and I’ll try them too.
Embrace The Imperfections With Drop Cloth Curtains
There is a downside to drop cloth curtains, especially if you’re a perfectionist. This is what you’ll get after washing and drying them—an earthy organic-looking fabric with all the imperfections. You won’t see this until you wash and dry your drop cloths. FUZZ! And a lot of it. Be sure to clean your lint screen between drying. And guess what? I’ve tried three different brands, and they all do this. Here’s what I’m talking about. 👇
Ironing Is A Must With Drop Cloth Curtains
Hold on… before you get too anxious about trying to remove all those little cotton balls of fuzz… try ironing the material first. UGH! 🙁 I know. I felt the same way too. It will make removing the fuzz a bit easier. It’s worth the effort.
After ironing your drop clothes You can use a lint roller to remove the fuzz.
Hanging Your Drop Cloth Curtains
For these curtains, I did not have to alter them in any way. Meaning… did no cutting or sewing. Because my windows are tall (10 ft ceilings), I hung them as is. Adjusting the curtain rod higher on the wall eliminated me from having to hem them, and I opted to puddle them on the floor. This is a good option if you don’t want to hem them. If cutting and hemming are needed to adjust the drop clothes to your window size, now is the best time to do that. (after washing and drying x2)
How To Attach Curtain Rings
Attaching the curtain rings with these tiny little clips can be a challenge, but once you decide if you want a pleated or more casual look, you can lay the drop cloths on a flat surface and measure how many clips you want per panel. I like to fold the end pieces under for my first and last clip on the panel. Remember, each panel will be 1/2 of the curtain, so adjust your rings to fit. I did a double pleat for a fuller look on my drop cloth curtains, and I love how they hang.
Now, if you feel the need to get all fancy and iron pleats for a more formal look, go for it! That’s what I love about this DIY curtain hack. You can have a more formal look or lean to a more relaxed vibe. FYI… these curtains are perfect for puddling due to the fabric weight.
How To Make Puddling Drapes
To get the look below, allow your drop cloth panels an extra 4 inches in length. These are called break-length drapes and are just a bit longer than the floor. I really like the casual bend of the fabric. The fabric and arrangement make these curtains feel more casual, even with the puddling on the floor.
But this is my preference on how drop cloth curtains should look. A while back, I did a set of these for my Mom, and instead of puddling at the floor, we opted to use that extra and fold the top part of the panel over for a valance across the top. My honest opinion on this DIY curtain hack? It was well worth the extra fuzz removal to have beautiful, washable (a bonus with my dogs) and durable curtains for $20 a window treatment. They are stunning if I say so myself.
Thanks for joining me today and as always I welcome your comments, feedback and love.
Until the next project… xo, Do