I needed some simple curtains for the craft room that I would not freak out about if they got messed up. So, I decided to try sewing some drop cloth curtains. I simply bought two 6×9 drop cloths for each of my three windows. So far, I’ve completed two of the six panels.
So, here is a sneak peak of the craft room so you can see the curtains from a distance. I am making all curtain rods the same length and hanging them at the same height so that three windows of different shapes and sizes appear the same in the room. What that will do is make the desk and hutch feel centered. Tricking the eye, my friend!
2 6×9 ft drop cloths per window
10 plastic snap together grommets for each panel (2 panels per window)
Thread to match the drop cloth
Cost per panel:
$7.99 per drop cloth
$12.99 for a set of 8 grommets + 60% off coupon = $5.20, so 10 grommets are $6.50
Already had the other supplies
Total – $14.50 per panel with coupon or $24.22 per panel without coupon
They do take several hours each to make (or have for me) mainly because of the ironing and getting the grommets to stick.
1. Fold top of drop clot over. Fold line should be at the five inch mark. Pin in place.
2. Sew around all four sides of the folded area. Keep it tight as you feed the drop cloth through the machine, so there are no wrinkles or bunching. Feel free to iron prior to this step.
3. Iron the entire drop cloth.
4. Now it’s time to add the grommets.
Grommets will be place on the folded down section that you sewed in place.
Start the first one about 1.5 inches from the edge. Then, measure five inches between the outer edge of one grommet and the outer edge of the next grommet.
Use a pencil to trace the inside of the grommet, which you will later cut out. Trace all ten to see that they are spaced equally and start and finish in a good spot. Adjust as necessary. Trace on the side of the drop cloth that will be the inside of the curtain.
5. Once the grommets are pencilled in at the right positions, begin to cut the circles that you traced. You will cut ten circles out of the top folded down portion of your curtain.
6. Place the grommets as instructed on the packaging. You will basically just put the male side on one side of the hold and the female side on the other, then sit it on a flat surface and press down with your body weight.
Do this with all ten grommets on each panel.
7. Hem the bottom to fit the length you need.
8. Now, do the same with the other panels, but use the first one as the template so they all match perfectly. Believe it or not, I didn’t do this on the next two… I just measured and they were ever so slightly off. So, then I matched up each of those three for perfectly matching pairs.
You’re done! You have made a drop cloth curtain panel!
Can’t wait to finish off the room! Lots to do still – painting the bookshelf, putting magnet boards up, painting peg boards, getting a wingback chair and painting it, hanging a chandelier, and so on!
Note the new stool and table!
Tomorrow is a great giveaway for vintage keys!! Be sure to stop by.
Update 6/24/11: Posted the reveal of the room.