My kitchen makeover continues with Drop Cloth Curtains. I’m getting rid of all the red tones in my house and going for a lighter, more “earthy” vibe. So when I couldn’t find new curtains that fit the bill, I decided to make my own. That meant going to the hardware store for a canvas drop cloth. You know, the kind you use when you’re painting. For about $10, I picked up a 9′ x 6′ drop cloth, which was enough to make two valances, and still have a little left over.
As far as sewing is concerned, it doesn’t get any easier than sewing curtains. If you can sew straight lines, that’s all the skill it takes. Just make sure to wash your canvas before cutting it to ensure any future shrinkage when you need to wash your curtains. After washing mine, I ironed it and then made my cuts. I loved that this drop cloth had a seam in it, and decided to work that in to my design. I cut it to where the seam would run down the center of my curtains. I even cut it to where I would use the end seam as the hem of my curtains, which meant even less sewing on my part. Not that I don’t love to sew. Just check out my sewing machine! It belonged to my great grandmother, and I happen to think it’s the most beautiful sewing machine in the world.
With the sewing done, I decided to add some ties. I thought about using the leftover canvas to sew some tie strips, but then I thought about a more rustic looking rope. This is actually twisted manila rope, also found at the hardware store.
I cut the rope to size and tied each piece around the curtains in a very loose square knot. I thought it gave the curtains just the right touch.
It’s hard to get a decent picture of my Drop Cloth Curtains, because they are back-lit by the the sun, but I’m thrilled with how they turned out. I have a few more projects to tackle before I can show you the full finished makeover, but things are definitely coming along.
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