We all know that buying curtains for your home can get very expensive rather quickly. I'm all about budget friendly home decor, so I knew that I wanted to try to DIY my own curtains. The one big obstacle I had was that I can't sew. So I used a NO SEW option.
DIY No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains
Drop cloths that fit your windows (I used 4' x 12' panels)
Fabric-TAC permanent adhesive
Curtain Ring w/clip (I used 1.5” rings in a set of 40 from Amazon)
The first thing I did was wash & dry my drop cloths. (note: they may shrink so take that in account when choosing the size of drop cloth for your specific project)
TIP: To achieve a whiter curtain you can bleach your drop cloths.
Find an area where you can lay out the drop cloth fully and make your folds & cuts without interference.
With your drop cloth laid out fold down the top drop. Play around with how much of a drop you want at the top of the curtain. I have large windows so I chose a 15 inch drop. Using a measuring tape I made sure my drop was even from the top of every clip to the bottom of the drop. I did not measure the space between my clips, but placed them as I liked. I placed my end clips in a 1/2" from the end of the panel. I also like a more structured look at the top, so I used 10 curtain clips spaced evenly on each 4' panel.
TIP: For a more relaxed droopy look you can use less clips spaced further apart.
From the top of the folded drop, I measure my desired length. I like a slight puddle on the floor so I chose to cut my curtains at 83 inches long. No matter what length you need for your specific project, make sure you add 1 inch to your total for the hem.
What's that saying? “Measure twice, cut once.”
That rings very true on this project.
Once you've made your cut you need to fold over your hem & use your Fabric–TAC adhesive to create your hem.
TIP: A little goes a long way. Do not saturate your cloth.
Glue down 6-12 inches at a time and press the fabric together for a few seconds, making sure it adheres before moving on to the next section. I allowed the adhesive to dry for 5-10 minutes before hanging them up.
There you have it, beautiful, easy & cost effective curtains that you can make for every room in your house!
Each set (2 panels) took me 30 minutes to make. Once you have your specific measurements figured out you will find it goes much quicker for additional panels.
Note: Drop Cloths can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Harbor Freight & also on Amazon!
Vickie on Jun 12, 2020
also Mary they are canvas so they are excellent for painting on them for floor cloths - suggest using gesso prior to painting Or you can also use acrylic paints and stencil or stamp designs if you want a more detailed curtain -- I used one to make a table cloth stamping designs using acrylic paint and it washes and dries beautifully
Love these no sew curtains --they are so simple, clean and soothing!