DIY No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

Amy Williams
by Amy Williams
3 Materials
20 Minutes

No sew drop cloth curtains are affordable and easy to make with these step by step directions. All you need is drop cloths, curtain ring clips, a curtain rod kit, and a few tools. The best part is that these are easily adjustable to most window sizes.

Measure and buy material.

First, measure the windows. Then, purchase drop cloths, curtain ring clips and a curtain rod kit for each window from the home improvement store.

Keep in mind that drop cloth typically comes in 6×9 feet or 5×8 feet increments. Consider the height of the window and preference on curtain length from floor to rod. Typically, you want the curtain panel to be at least twice the width of the window. Use about 7 clips per panel.

For example, my window is 3 feet wide. Therefore, I chose drop cloth that is 6 feet wide.

Hang the curtain rod kit and prepare curtain.

Using your drill, hang the curtain rod brackets according to your height preference. Typically, hang curtains 2 – 6 inches above the window trim. However, I prefer to hang curtains halfway between the window and the ceiling to bring the eye up.

Then, lay the drop cloth on the floor. Using your measurements, determine how much to fold the top of drop cloth curtains. For example, I hung the hardware 8 feet from the floor. Knowing the curtain panel is 9 feet tall allowed me to determine that I needed a 12 inch fold. 

Add clips and hang the curtain.

Add the curtain clips to the top of the folded drop cloth. Divide the width of the panel with how many rings that you want to use. For example, for a 6 foot or 72 inch panel divide by 10 rings. So place curtain rings every 7.2 inches.

Then, pick up the curtain and hold the outside ring in one hand. Allow the fabric to fall into 6 inches folds before grabbing the next ring. This will create a pleated look.

Lastly, slide the rings clipped to the drop cloth curtain onto the rod before replacing rod onto the curtain brackets.

Steam the curtains.

Lastly, steam the drop cloth curtains to remove wrinkles, if necessary.

I love that these curtains work with many decor styles and color schemes. You can bleach the drop cloth material to create a lighter color. In addition, you can cut and or hem with hot glue to change the length of the drop cloth curtains to fit any size.

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  • Sandra Sandra on Mar 20, 2021

    I love this room. So feminine and romantic. The curtains are

    perfect. I am going to try this out.

  • Psa51767181 Psa51767181 on Oct 15, 2021

    thanks for telling us you can bleach to lighten the fabric. Just what I needed to hear!