You all are the BEST.
I’m so thankful for you and your encouragement and your e-mails and your exclamation points and your drop cloth questions.
Yesterday’s comment section was full of them.
I don’t think I’ve ever really gone into detail about my love affair with drop cloth curtains and why I use them and how I use them and where I buy them and how they helped me climb Mount Everest.
So let’s talk drop cloths today–a little drop cloth curtain FAQ.
I’m answering questions and giving advice and going all Scarlett O’Hara and making the twins dresses for prom out of them.
Question number 1: Love the room! How in the world did you hang those amazing curtains???
and I am also wanting to know about the curtains…how many drop cloths and did you make your hidden rods?
I’ve hung them several ways.
Option 1: I’ve used a long skinny rod that stretched all the way across the top of the window and extended out six inches on each side.
You can kind of see what I’m talking about in this super old picture of the dining room at the farmhouse.
I used to have drop cloth curtains here instead of these smocked jute curtains and I hung them the same way.
This is the no sew version of drop cloth curtains.
You just clip on clips and hang.
I like the really small rods because they let the curtains shine (and they are less expensive, too).
Option 2: Small wood rods
These are small dowel rods with finials and brackets.
The curtains are stationary.
I used shades with these curtains for privacy.
Option 3: Small metal rods
I hung the curtains in the office with these small metal rods.
I got them at Lowe’s.
The bay window didn’t have enough space to fit the curtain rod, so my father-in-law bent them for me to fit.
He just kept bending them until they fit into place.
He’s super strong like that.
I guess he ate his spinach.
Question 2: Please give us a tutorial on the curtains!!! How did you make them? How do they hang? Are they just stationary?
I bought the drop cloths at Lowe’s (my favorite place for drop cloths).
They come in a variety of sizes. 6 x 9, 4 x 6, 10 x 15, and 9 x 12. These curtains are 9′ x 12′. I needed the extra length because the ceilings are 10 feet tall and I wanted to hang them above the windows to elongate the height of the space. I use the entire 9 feet for the width of the curtains. I think that’s the secret that makes them look so pretty—it’s all that extra width.
In real life if you came by the office for coffee—the curtains look like they are made from a heavy linen.
They are stationary. You can’t pull them across. That’s why I’m adding shutters at the bottom and a roman shade made from over-sized buffalo check.
Question 3: Nice source list but HOW DO I MAKE DRAPES that wide and long? Details, pretty lady, please. I can barely sew and need instructions. How many drop cloths do you buy? Any hints on which drop cloths to purchase would be appreciated.!
I just used one drop cloth at each window.
These are the exact ones I bought.
They come in standard and heavy duty.
I like the heavy duty ones better because they hold the folds better.
Question 4: Do you have a tutorial on drape cloth drapes? I couldn’t find one in your projects. Thanks.
To make these drapes, all I did was fold over the top of the drop cloth six inches. It helps if you iron it in place.
Then I sewed the fold in place.
Then I came back and sewed another stitch across the middle of the fold to create the pocket and the ruffle.
I didn’t hem the sides. They already had a rough finish on them.
After the curtains were hung, I cut off the excess length and left about an extra four inches at the bottom to hem. I hemmed them on the rod so the length would be perfect. It’s kind of hard to hem them if you take them off the rod because they are so heavy and so long. I pinned the hem in place, ironed the hem to get a crisp edge and sewed with a whip stitch.
Question 5: Beautifully perfect! Love the drop cloth curtains…..details please!
Here are just a couple of other tips I learned on making these curtains over the years.
1. After I hang the curtains, I spray them with water or Downy wrinkle remover to take out all the wrinkles. I’ve tried to iron them before, but by the time I get them hung back up they are all wrinkled again.
2. I take the curtains and create folds with my hands. The drop cloth is so stiff that it stays in place perfectly.
3. They are NOT stain resistant, so you want to make sure to address any stains immediately with stain remover.
4. The key to making them look so curtain-like is to add extra width. That’s why I like the 9′ x 12″.
5. The price of these is so afforable compared to curtains. I was going to make my own curtains and I needed 4 yards per panel. The fabric I was looking at would have cost me $120 for the four yards.
That is a LOT of curtain talk.
I’m all about a drop cloth and I’d love to help if you are thinking about this project.
If you have any other questions ask away and I’ll answer them in the comments rather than e-mailing you individually so we can all have a PhD in drop cloth.
Happy day friend. 🙂