It’s been difficult lately to focus, but I wanted to share with you my Tutorial: Burlap Trimmed Drop Cloth Curtains.
Our Burlap Trimmed Drop Cloth Curtains I made for our dinning room.
As promised here’s the tutorial.
There were a few things I wished I knew about drop cloths before I started this project that caused a few headaches!
So I’m sharing that with you:
1) Drop cloths may not always measure the size listed on label (can be off by 6″)
2) Drop cloths are stiff new, adding 1/2 cup baking soda to wash will them soften up.
3) Drops cloth will have some shrinkage with each washing/drying
3) Drop cloths have seams at odd places.
4) Buy the number of needed drop cloths from the same box/lot, there can be a big difference in the “shade”.
From the photo you can see that drop cloths can vary in length and width…
One other thing – 1 of the 7 drop cloths I bought, one had a seam in it, the seam was at an odd place about 12″ from bottom. So keep this in mind you might need to purchase more drop cloths than you think. There will also be some shrinkage, so wash before sewing. Don’t want to have shorter curtains once washed!
I double washed/dried my drop cloths, in both cycles I added 1/2 baking soda – this really softened them up – allowing softer curtains folds to form.
I ended up purchasing 7, 2 extra, because of the seam and the variation on length. I purchased the 6×9 and used the 6′ for my length and the 9′ for my width.
My curtains were hung on tension rods with an inside mount – measured 30″ inside. I more than doubled the fabric width for each window. I used two panels (35″ per panel) for each window, the double panels came to 70″ per window.
NOTE: the first curtain I made I went with 2 panels of 54″ wide and there just wasn’t enough folds, just not full enough!
From this point you should be able to figure out your measurements for your curtains (if not just leave a comment).
Making Burlap Trim.
Landscape burlap (much softer than fabric burlap). My is from Lowe’s in outdoor garden section ($9.98 for 30″ x24′) glue gun, 2″ wide strips of drop cloths.
Cut the burlap strips out, I had burlap ribbon on hand and used as a guide. It would of been too expensive to used because I would of needed about 8 rolls (approx. $38 vs. $10 for outdoor burlap).
I used the ribbon as a guide for cutting, it measured 5″ wide.
Next the strips were cut into 7″ lengths.
I think I used approx. 30 for each window.
Making Burlap Pouches
I ripped 2″ wide (plus you needed length) strips from the drop cloths. I folded about 1/2″ over (folded side used to attach to curtains). and attach burlap pouches to. My windows were 30″ wide and I used a strip slightly shorter – 29 1/2″.
Note: from here on in photos are not the greatest – hot glue is HOT and sticky!
Fold each 7″ strip in half lengthwise, then scrunched the bottoms together and secure with hot glue.
Hot glue each burlap “pouch” across the drop cloth strip. You can see the middle seems a little bare…
so I’d adds more to the middle, adding more “fluff” going in different directions.
I kept added the burlap pouches until the strip was completed covered.
Attaching to Curtain:
Sorry don’t have photo, but just take the filled burlap strips and hand tack to top of your curtains. I thought of hot gluing, but didn’t think with opening/closing and the weight of each that it wouldn’t hold well.
I didn’t hand sew completely across, just about every 3-4″. This is enough to hold in place.
NOTE: Make your curtains “folds” before securing, and stitch on either side or fold or they will hang funny.
They are really easy to make, the most time consuming is cutting the strips out.
If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will get back to you.
Hope to see you all sharing you creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best #53 Sunday, December 2!