Monday, May 17, 2010

Drop Cloth Curtains



I feel like I totally cheated on these curtains for my youngest daughter's room

1. THEY WERE CHEAP... 
I purchased one-4ft x 15ft drop cloth at Lowe's for $9.97. Home Depot has a drop cloth that is 6ft x 9ft which would have been ok, as well, but I would have had to buy 2 of them. Remember, we are putting our house on the market in 2 weeks, so I want the house to look good, but I am watchin' the money.


Back to why I feel I cheated on these curtains ... 

REASON 2: THEY WERE SO EASY TO MAKE
I just folded the canvas dropcloth in half


cut it in half so that each piece was 7 1/2 ft long,


folded over the edge to the desired length, ironed the edge & clipped on the rings. No sewing! The two side edges are the selvege and the bottom is hemmed. I could have sewed them at the top, but if I have to wash them, they are probably going to shrink up, to I could hem them at that time, if I wanted to.

I couldn't find white rings with nickel clips, so I settled on the wood with nickel clips. Since this is a Shabby Chic room, things aren't supposed to match, right?
Reason #3 ...they were up in 30 minutes!

It took me 2 years to sew the simple curtains for my Master Bedroom ...& I already had the fabric! Even the curtains in my oldest daughter's room that I purchased at Target took me longer because I had to sew the rings on!


Thanks for stopping by!

Pam



38 comments:

  1. the curtains look great!! The dropcloth is such a good idea....Kathy

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  2. Wow, this is incredible! No sewing? What a great idea!

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  3. Love the drapes. They look fabulous. Just wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  4. You're so clever for thinking of that. They look great!

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  5. Great idea Pam, they look awesome!

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  6. Thanks for the nice comments ladies, but I borrowed the drop cloth curtain idea from so many who have posted them on their blogs, so I can't take credit for the idea!

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  7. Love those drop cloth drapes. Easy peasy and look good.

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  8. I love the way your curtains turned out! I made mine with tape at the top, but your way would have been much easier and very cute.

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  9. Pam, how great! they really look terrific!!

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    Karena
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  10. What a great Do It Yourself project. You are a clever and creative gal.

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  11. Love pretty curtains on the cheap! Looks great!

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  12. So how come your posts never show up on anything I read until approximately 24 hours after you put them up?! Grrr! Love the curtains, and I totally get what you said about why you're selling the house. I'm already dreaming of the day when we get out from under this monster.

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  13. They came out great! I love the rings you paired them with.

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  14. I think they look great! And what a bonus that they were inexpensive and easy to put up! Also, when you have a chance, go check out my blog. I'm awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award!

    http://happybabydesigns.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-first-award.html

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  15. Oh my goodness, Pam -- YOU DID CHEAT in such a creative way!!! I absolutely love the look of those curtains, and look how you simply folded them over and clipped them on....oh -- you are a clever one. I am going to be bragging on you (and also bookmarking this so that in the future I can cheat too). Thank you for sharing this on the Boardwalk Bragfest!!! LOVE IT!!!

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  16. Pam~ I just hopped over from Boardwalk Bragfest- this is such a great project...they look wonderful and such a great source of fabric! I'm inspired! I'm looking forward to reading more...I am a new follower!

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  17. Nice! I love that idea and I need curtains... hmmm.

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  18. ya know my favorite part? no sew!!! i've made literally hundreds of drapes for clients and myself....i'm so tired of sewing all those LONG seams...

    great drapes. great idea!!!!

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  19. I don't see any cheating going on....just very clever curtains that took little time or money but look fabulous. Great job!
    Jane

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  20. Hi Pam, thats great idea and they look nice.. and the thing is that you have a big piece of cloth as it is, whenever you want to change the curtains, you can and change this piece of cloth in any different thing.. great idea .... Farah

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  21. I love the curtains. I'm going to have to make some cheater curtains. They look so great.

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  22. I love drop cloths! You put them to a very elegant looking use. I did something similar with linen table cloths I got at Big lots for $5 each. But I may like the heft of the drop cloths better.
    Kathy

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  23. Great idea! I love the curtains!

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  24. Love it! I came across your blog from DIY Day at SPTL party. I was telling my sister in law about people making curtains from drop cloths so I forwarded your blog to her! Very clever! You have a new follower!

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  25. So clever. No cheating here - just a great idea!

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  26. They look amazing! I've been waiting to do some drop clothes myself... maybe outside when I get my pergola done. :-)

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  27. Your post is on it's way to my daughter.. she moved to a house, on a Navy base in Guam and they have no stores.. but they do have a Home Depot!
    She needs curtains badly but buying on the internet will cost quite a bit! Wonderful Idea...
    No sewing is right up her alley!
    Thanks
    Sandy

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  28. I love these curtains! I especially the easiness of them..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori. Please join me next week for another great party.

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  29. I just found your site and I must say I love it....But, before I go any further I must tell you that those curtains are my next "cheat" too!! I have a home in FL and need something for cheap curtains. So this is the curtain part, now do you have something similar for an inexpensive slipcover for a sectional sofa. Somebody please help me.....This is so me, no sewing, nothing but a glue gun works for me.

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  30. That was a great idea to use the narrower ones-nice job!

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  31. I love it and so simple! Don't you just LOVE drop cloths!! I made a curtain for my patio with a 9' x 12' drop cloth, you can see it on my blog if you're interested... it's probably a few posts back.

    Tania

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  32. You silly girl, that is not cheating that is just being smart. I am working on some drop cloth drapes as well so wish me luck.

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  33. I think they look great - and I am with Traci, it is not cheating, it is being smart! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week.

    Chelsea

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  34. stumbled on your blog today and saw this post about droop cloth curtains. Your tutorial is the best I have seen yet and your curtains look great up there on the curtain rod.
    I have a question for you. Your drop cloth looks almost white. Is it? Did you bleach it? Also, you shared the source and the size of the drop cloth; was it a certain brand? Sometimes there are two different brands there. Just wondering as I have SIX windows I need to put curains on in my master bedroom. We have custom size windows, so it's hard to find something in white which is what I want as well as the length. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  35. Such a great idea! I would have never thought to use the 15' to make two curtains! Genius!

    Will be attempting this tomorrow, but where did you get the rings with the clips from?

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