Today I want to show my new kitchen curtains. This easy tutorial for farmhouse curtains using painter’s dropcloth can be done with or without a sewing machine. So don’t panic if you are one of those out there that does not own a sewing machine.
Previously I had honeycomb blinds and a curtain ruffle at the top of the window. The curtain ruffle is a reproduction 1930s feedback fabric that I made about 8 years ago. Here are the before photos:
I decided I wanted to have curtains that could easily be opened and closed. With that in mind, I chose to buy curtain rings with clips. I bought some at Amazon and am quite happy with them. I bought 24 curtain rings with clips for $6.11.
Materials Needed if Sewing Curtains:
Dropcloth – (I bought two packages that cost $5.99 each
Thread to match fabric
Curtain Rings with Clips
Materials Needed if Making No-Sew Curtains:
Stitch Witchery or similar adhesive iron-on product
Straight pins or clips
Curtain Rings with Clips
Wash your dropcloth. They are 100% cotton and will shrink some. They also become softer when washed.
I bought two packages of this Supertuff dropcloth which is canvas. I washed them in warm water and dried them on cotton in the dryer.
This is the way they came out of the dryer. Not too badly wrinkled and if you are
lazy impatient or in a hurry you could use them like this. I ironed mine.
I ironed the two dropclothes.
Now if you have ever had stubborn wrinkles in fabric – this is wonderful! It comes in unscented and several scents. It is a clear starch alternative and is Mary Ellen’s Best Press.
Measure your window and determine how long you want the curtains. Also determine which way the dropcloth should hang. My dropcloth was 4 foot by 5 foot. I determined that I wanted the 5 foot to go across so I had plenty of fullness. I determined that the woven edges would be the top and bottom and the hemmed edges would be the sides. I determined the size and added 3 inches to the length for the top and bottom hem. I had enough dropcloth left I can make some pillows. Now all I have to do is hem the top and bottom.
Above is the woven edge of my fabric. I could have used the woven edge at the top of the curtain and not hemmed it but I thought it looked more finished with a hem. I turned over 1 inch and pinned it.
Step 4: Sewing the Hems
I took it to the sewing machine and stitched close to the top of the fold not at the fold.
Here is it after being hemmed.
Turn up two inches for the hem on the bottom of the curtain. It will help them to hang nicely and gives a professional look.
Place the curtain rings with clips evenly across the top and slide onto the rod.
Step back and admire your new curtains! I made mine short enough that they would not interfere with the faucet and hopefully will not get dirty on the hemmed edge. LOL! I can hope. (Note: My sister pointed out to me that the curtain rod looks like it sags in the middle and needs a support. I don’t know why the photo turned out that way but it is straight and not bowed in real life. LOL!)
Now here are the alternate directions if you do not have a sewing machine.
Wash and dry the drop cloth.
Iron the fabric if desired.
Measure the window and determine if it needs to be shortened. If so trim off the excess leaving one inch for a top hem and 2 inches for a bottom hem. In other words, if you want your curtains to be 40″ long then trim the fabric to 43″ long.
Pin up the one inch hem. Go to your ironing board and press the hem at the top. (Fold over 1 inch along the top edge).
Now when you have it nicely pressed take a piece of your iron-on adhesive such as Stitch Witchery.
Place this between the folded up edge and use the correct setting on your iron according to the package directions. This will hold quite nicely. Then repeat for the bottom edge folding up two inches and then pressing. Use the Stitch Witchery to basically “glue” it up.
Place your curtain rings with clips evenly across the top hem and hang on rod.
I really like how these curtains turned out. They were super simple and dear granddaughter loves them. She has requested me to make some for the grandkids’ bedroom.
Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you will try this easy tutorial to make farmhouse style dropcloth curtains.
Wishing you many blessings in 2017.
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