Feb 4, 2011

Drop Cloth Curtain Tutorial

This is one of those projects that I have had in the works. We moved into our beautiful home almost two years ago and I am working on getting each room finished. Right now I am working on a bedroom that we are using as a "toy room." It will soon be my babies room. So I have painted the walls, which I will show you pictures of later, we are in the process of adding chair rail and I have just finished the curtain!! I thought I would show you the process of making a drop cloth curtain.
I bought this package of drop cloths at Lowes that came with 2 different sizes.  The window needed the larger drop cloth {6ft x 9ft}.  The one thing that I love about these is that they are already hemmed. So that takes away one step in making the curtain! I decided how wide I wanted the rod pocket to be, measured and then sewed. I decided that I wanted it 3" because I wanted a chunky look.  Next, I hung the curtain on the rod, then decided how long I wanted the curtain. I wanted it to drag slightly on the floor. I figured that I needed to hem 10" on the bottom of the curtain. I again measured and sewed.

 Here is my  rod pocket all sewn.

Here is the 10" I folded up and then sewed all the way across and on the sides. The reason I sewed the sides is because I don't want any toys being stuck inside, and there would be all sorts of stuff believe me!

Here are my supplies. Painter's tape, tape measure, and a Mark-B-Gone. I ran out of FROGTAPE so I ended up using blue painter's tape, which I liked better for fabric.

I then measured in 1" all the way down the length of the curtain.

I then applied my tape so that it just covered my marks. I then measured 1/2" from the edge of the tape and applied another strip of tape just covering my marks.

I then applied my paint. I used French Grey Blue by Americana. Make sure that you only move your paint brush in an up and down motion to keep the paint from going under the tape.

I removed my tape. Then I measured another 1/2" from the edge of my paint line and applied more tape. The tape will cover your painted line but that is ok. We want it to look faded and old. :)

After I applied the tape, I measured from the edge of the tape 1" and once again applied tape. {I hope this makes sense} I then painted and removed the tape. Now you have a paint line that is 1/2",  a 1/2" space, a 1" paint line. One more to go. Are ya still with me? Now you are going to kill two birds with one stone by making two marks at once. Measure once again at 1/2" and also at 1". {Marks are pictured above}

This is what your last tape line should look like. Then apply your paint and remove the tape.

All done!! Now you can shout for joy :) It is ready to hang. {I promise that my lines are straight, it doesn't appear to be so in the picture}

Looks soooo good! Don't mind the toys in the picture, it is still the playroom! The window will soon have a blind.

Perfect hem and length. I haven't sewn this straight of lines EVER!!!

Perfect chunky rod pocket.

Privacy please! I could have painted stripes on the other side but I wanted it just on the one. So after a sore neck and carpet burned elbows, I have a perfect and new curtain that I L.O.V.E.!!!!!!! Now it is your turn ;)

{When the paint is completely dry then you can remove the marks with water. Only if it is a water soluble pen}

 Edited to say that I am linking this post to
http://www.freckledlaundry.com/  {Air Your Laundry Friday}Textile Link Party #14


  1. Love your take on the drop cloth curtain. I have seen ribbon or ball fringe used, but I quite like your lines. They look very french.
    Great job.

  2. I {LOVE} the stripe detail that you added to them, Cecily! Thanks for sharing with air your Laundry Friday! The party is back on tonight.