Dreaming about HGTV-worthy farmhouse windows? DIY drop cloth curtains are a simple, budget-friendly way to add some countryside flair to your home.
Purchasing curtain panels and curtain hardware can add up quickly. But by making drop cloth curtains at home, you can still create an elegant farmhouse atmosphere without breaking the bank.
Today, we’ll show you how to make DIY drop cloth curtains and share some of our favorite looks for inspiration. You’ll also find this activity surprisingly easy, even if you’re new to DIY projects!
What Are Drop Cloth Curtains?
Drop cloth canvas is a versatile fabric. Painters often use drop cloths to protect carpet, furniture and equipment, making cleanup much more manageable. Due to its thickness, durability and ease of care, drop cloth fabric is also commonly used for home goods like curtains or pillow covers.
Drop cloth fabrics are available in a variety of patterns and sizes, including 6×9, 4×6, 10×15 or 9×12, so you can apply your creative freedom to customize your curtains to your liking. Drop cloth fabrics are available at retailers like Amazon, Target, Lowe’s or Home Depot. Cost is about $15 or less per panel.
How to Make Drop Cloth Curtains
Let’s get started on accentuating your windows farmhouse-style! With our easy step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to make drop cloth curtains in no time.
First, you can prepare the drop cloths by washing and drying them to remove any possible odors or wrinkles from the packaging. You can also iron them afterward to remove any remaining wrinkles.
Drop cloth fabric is easy to clean and machine-washable, so rest assured you can toss your curtains in the washer whenever they get dirty!
Next, here’s what you’ll need to put your curtains together:
- Drop cloths
- Curtain clip rings
- Curtain rod
- Sewing thread or machine
- Tape measure
- Iron and ironing board
Step 1: Measure Your Windows
Start by measuring the windows where you’d like to hang your curtains. An easy way to do this is to measure from the top of your curtain rod to the floor.
Account for how much material you want to fold over on top. Then, add an inch or two of buffer room so the curtains can “kiss” or “puddle” on the floor. Drop cloth curtains should at least touch the floor. For accurate measuring, you can start with one panel and adjust it to your desired length, then duplicate the measurement for the other panels.
Step 2: Hem Curtains
After you have the appropriate measurements for your drop cloth curtains, you’ll want to hem them to the right size. (If you’ve already determined your curtains are the right length, you’re welcome to put away the sewing materials and skip this step!)
Step 3: Fold and Clip in Place
Next, attach the curtain clip rings to your drop cloth panels. For extra precision, use a tape measure to mark the placements evenly for the clip rings.
Alternatively, you can also place a clip ring on the starting point and ending point of the panel. Then, pull the panel toward you to locate the middle. Place a clip in the middle, and from there, you can estimate where to place the remaining clips.
Note: Curtain clip rings come in a variety of diameter sizes. Double-check your curtain rod diameter before purchasing.
To achieve the look below, simply fold over the panels to your desired length, then clip in place with the fold.
Complete Your DIY Drop Cloth Curtains With Kwik-Hang
Installing curtain hardware should be as easy as making your own DIY drop cloth curtains. But traditional curtain rod brackets are a pain to set up and are guaranteed to ruin your paint and walls.
Ditch the damage and hang your curtains using Kwik-Hang’s hassle-free curtain rod brackets. Absolutely no nails, screws, measuring or drilling required! Just align the brackets to your window trim, tap in with a hammer and hang your curtains perfectly in seconds.
You can also shop Kwik-Hang’s stylish and functional curtain rod collection to find the perfect finish for your farmhouse curtains.
Creating an affordable and beautiful drop cloth curtain setup at home shouldn’t have to require cumbersome tools and loose parts. Save time and money and spare yourself the frustration with Kwik-Hang’s damage-free brackets and rods.