If you read blogs, then you know that drop cloth drapes have been in vogue for well over a year. Now that I’ve jumped on the band-wagon, they’re probably about to go the way of legwarmers, jelly bracelets and giant belts. Oh wait. Those are back in again.
Regardless, I wanted to freshen up the family room for summer and I decided to try out drop cloth curtains because they have a linen-look that’s perfect for the summer. My good-enough silk curtains from last fall felt too heavy.
In case you don’t already know, drop cloths are awesome because they’re already hemmed on all 4 sides. No sewing! It was ridiculously easy to take a pair of 6′x9′ drop cloths from Home Depot ($10 for the pair!), add some trim and turn them into a pair of custom-looking drapes for the family room.
Please forgive the poor photo quality in this post. The pictures were all taken as my old camera was biting the dust. And I’m way too lazy to take them again.
OK friends, the first thing you want to do is wash and partially dry your panels to get out the big creases. Then you need to iron them until you think your arm will fall off. If you can find someone to do this part for you, even better. Thanks mom!
This next part is so easy. Have you tried Heat’n Bond Hem Tape? It’s my not-so-secret DIY weapon. I use it for hemming, or in this case, attaching trim to my drop cloth curtains. I found this trim in the clearance section of the fabric store. Love it!
All I did was use the hem tape and iron the trim right to the top edge of the drop cloth.
Hanging my new drapes was easy too. I folded over the top edge of the curtain (the edge with the trim on it) so that the trim faces into the room. Then I used my trusty ring clips to just grab the folded edge of the fabric. The pictures make more sense.
The folding over technique serves 2 purposes. It makes the curtains look all custom and expensive-like with the trim showing. And it lets you customize the length. If I had higher ceilings, I would have folded over less fabric. Lower ceilings gets you a bigger fold. Make sense?
And that’s it! So crazy easy! The whole thing took less than an hour.
Check out my Good Enough Curtains post to learn about the “Turn the corner trick” so that you’re curtains don’t hang away from the wall too far. A simple trick that makes a big difference.
GAH! The mothership is landing outside my window! #photographyfail