Hello everyone!!! A design tip that I frequently hear interior designers and decorators mention is hanging curtains closer to the ceiling versus right at the top of the window, because it can really open up a room and make the ceilings appear taller. Well, while I have found this to be true, as aesthetically, it really does look better when curtains are hung closer to the ceiling, BUT finding long curtains that are in the pattern/style that you want and reasonably priced is difficult! I had no problem finding 84inch curtains that I liked, and AtHome had some great prices on them (I definitely recommend AtHome– formally known as Garden Ridge. If you live near one, you should check it out for home decor). I had the 84in curtains hung for about 1 month and then I couldn’t take it anymore- my OCD-ness knew that longer curtains would make a huge difference, however, finding them in my budget was almost impossible!! Drop cloth curtains seemed to be super popular at the time, so I decided to give it try and even stencil mine.
I’ll be completely honest with you, I don’t sew. I can sew on a button and sort-of hem pants by hand but beyond that, I’m clueless. My go-to fake sewing tools are Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Glue and Stitch Witchery Fusible Bonding Web (i.e. iron on tape!!). They both work wonders and hold up great, even with washing. I’ve done curtains and pillowcase covers this way (that tutorial coming soon, also!).
Materials needed for DIY Stenciled Drop Cloth Curtains: (Affiliate links are provided in this post. I receive commission on the sale of the products, but this does not result in additional charges to you or cost you anything extra. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- Canvas Drop Cloth, 9ftx12ft
- Stitch Witchery Fusible Bonding Web & an iron
- Wall stencil- I got mine from Hobby Lobby, there are so many different designs you can choose from!
- Foam Roller and paint tray
- White latex paint
I needed 96in long curtains, and 4 panels of it. Even in fabric, getting that many yards can get pricey. I bought a 9×12 drop cloth, similar to the one linked above for right at $21.
1.I washed the drop cloth first, then ironed them as well as I could. I cut the drop cloth into 4 panels, each panel was 3ft by 9ft.
2.I used Stitch Witchery Fusible Bonding Web to hem the curtains. Some edges of drop cloths are already hemmed. I re-did the hem so the edges were all uniform, but the hem already in it was a good guide. I used the iron-on bonding web for all 4 sides, using the instructions on the package. All you need is an iron to make the hem stay put! After being hemmed, each panel was 96in long and 32in wide. I did end up cutting off some on all sides so it wouldn’t have super big hems. Here is a close up of how the hem looked.
3.After hemming, I pulled out my stencil, foam roller and some leftover white latex paint.
Now, I bought the stencil roller also…. It was a total fail for me and the roller handle kept breaking. My regular foam rollers that I use to paint the walls with worked out much better.
By the time I finished the first panel, I was beginning to regret my brilliant idea to stencil drop cloths- it took forever……. I kept going, and I was pleased to see it only took about 15 minutes per panel after I figured out what I was doing. I’m glad I finished this project, because I love the way the curtains turned out!
I’ve seen where some people prefer to add fabric medium to the paint so the fabric is softer when it dries, although I did not. We never close these curtains, so not being soft doesn’t bother me. They aren’t super stiff; they are just flexible enough to hang the way I wanted them. (I’ll do a tutorial for the faux shade one of these days!)
These curtains have held up great! Four custom panels for around $35 with all supplies- that is a steal compared to how much 4 96 inch long panels would cost in the store! Find out how I hung them here.
I also used drop cloth curtains in my oldest son’s room. For his, I just hemmed the edges (with the iron on tape!) then hung with drapery clip rings that matched the curtain rod. I really like that these curtains are thick enough to block out enough light without needing a liner when closed.
Thanks for reading!