Beautiful, Inexpensive, No Sew Drapes
My post today is to show you how to create the beautiful look you want for your home, that only looks expensive.
I look around my house and start to become overwhelmed at all the decorating possibilities. I want it to look cozy and inviting and also represent my style. I personally love the farmhouse theme, but you could use this decorating tip for pretty much any style. I have 9 windows on my first floor that I wanted to create a new look for. I did not have several hundred to $1000.00 to spend on them, but I wanted it to look like I did. I got this tip from a friend at work who had heard of this, but not yet tried it. So I decided to give it a whirl. I usually get an idea and I want it done ASAP! I don’t want to wait. The key here is “painters canvas drop cloths.” This is going to be your fabric. They look like linen, are very durable and you can wash them in your washing machine. You don’t have to use a sewing machine, but you can if you want. Here’s all you need:
- Painters Canvas drop cloths
- Fusible bonding tape
I bought my canvas drop cloths at Lowe’s for about $5.99. The package came with 1 drop cloth measuring 6 ft. x 9 ft. My windows were 36 inches wide and 60 inches long. I made 3 panels from each package measuring 24″ x 70″. That way I would be able to have some pleating or bunching in my panels and not just pulled tight across. I bought 6 packages of drop cloths which came to about $36.00, not including tax. I chose to do the hemming with my sewing machine because I have so many windows. If I just had a couple of windows to do I would use the “stitch witchery” fusible bonding tape. It’s a lot easier and faster.
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Now it’s time to create your drapes!! Make your measurements on how you wish your drapes to hang. I wanted mine to go to the floor and just a little higher than the top of the window. I chose to create a 2 inch hem at the top for my rod to go through and I added a 1 inch hem to the bottom. You can make your hem any size you want, just make sure the top hem is wide enough to fit your curtain rod through. I’ve made that mistake before and had to really work the curtain rod through. I ended up doing it over because it did not look good fitting that tight. Some people choose to hang their curtains with clips and hoops which I think also looks really good.
Make sure both your sides, and your bottom and top are hemmed. Either using the stitch witchery (or any bonding fabric fusion tape), or with a sewing machine. Otherwise your fabric will end up fraying. You will find that when you spread the entire drop cloth out after opening it, all 4 edges are finished with a hem. After you start cutting the cloths of course, those new edges will need to be hemmed by you. This was a pretty quick project and very easy. For all 9 windows, it only cost me around $50.00. When friends and family come over they all comment on how much they like them and are amazed at how little I spent. They can’t believe I even made them!!.
I hope you enjoy this post and give this a try. I would love to see how it turns out for you. Please feel free to email me at: email@example.com and I will get back to you ASAP. I hope you follow my blog on Pinterest and Instagram, Facebook at” Dreamhomeforless. You can also find me at www.dreamhomeforless .com
Until next time,