Hello 2011! No resolutions from me…we were still out of town over New Years so I feel like the yearly start afresh date came and went and I didn’t think much about it. Maybe February will be my New Years.
Since being back home in M’ssippi, I’ve wrapped up a few projects around the house. The most recent? Our living room curtains!
You probably spied the curtains when I shared my Christmas decorations, but they were only half done. I’m classy like that. Sheets for window coverings for months, then curtain rods hung for a month (no curtains), then only 2 windows with curtains hung,… But they’re now done!
It just feels so finished now. I love finishing projects!!!
Contrary to how the curtains look, they’re not linen. I did the famous DIY blogger trick of using….drop cloths! Yes, cheapo drop cloths from Home Depot. I did this for a few reasons:
- I wanted to try using drop cloths since I’ve seen it done so many places in blogland (both successfully and not so successfully).
- There are four, yes four, windows in that room. Check out Pottery Barn and the like for how much a 96″ panel costs – and I needed eight! No way I was going to drop $200+/window for curtains. I like $800 in my bank account much better.
- I’m always up for (and sometimes finishing) a new project!
I bought two 9 x 15 ft drop cloths from Home Depot for $19.99 each and was able to make all eight panels out of the two drop cloths! $40 < $800 = Happy Leila.
So my mom tells me, for draw-able and really full curtains, each panel should be 1.5 times the width of the window + trim (so about 5 ft for each of my panels); however, my curtains are more for aesthetics than function, so I made each panel a somewhat anemic 3 ft wide. I felt that doing them much fuller (plus requiring me to take another trip to Home Depot for two more drop cloths, let’s be honest) would just overwhelm the space given how much of each wall the windows alone already cover! What do you think? Are they okay or should I have made them fuller?
My original plan was to gussy up the drop cloths by doing a triple pinch pleat finish on the top. I found a website that claimed “triple pinch pleats in a snap!”, but I first ordered the wrong curtain hooks to go with the curtain tape, then ordered the correct curtain hooks only to realize I originally ordered the wrong curtain tape, etc etc etc. So I returned it all and just sewed basic rectangular curtains, using the clips that are attached to the curtain rings to hang the curtains. Not exactly what I wanted, but they look fine and are DONE!
I decided to buy a bay window hardware set from CountryCurtains.com: the Sheffield style with small ball finials, all in the antique brass finish. I LOVE them. They look much more expensive than they were and were easy to install and are pretty sturdy. For the bay window set, the 4th window, the finials, and seven sets of curtain rings, the total was around $230, which is pretty good for four windows worth of brass hardware.
I love how the bay window hardware turned out! – it makes the room feel really cohesive and finished.
I don’t have a tutorial for you, because it was basically just cutting the fabric the right size, ironing forever and hemming the unfinished edges! I highly recommend that you wash the drop cloths before sewing, as they have a funky smell, shrink quite a bit in the wash, and are a lot softer once washed.
So there you have it, my finished curtains! Have any of you ever made curtains out of drop cloths? I’d love to see your projects! – leave a link in your comment!