While working on my bedroom makeover (read the full story here) I decided to make Farmhouse curtains. What Farmhouse would be complete without handmade curtains?
I wanted the carfree look and the ease of using a drop cloth. However, the color of the drop cloth did not fit into my design (even after bleaching them) I needed white curtains. Therefore, I decided to use canvas instead.
Window treatments are always a good idea! They soften the hard lines of your windows as well as provide, privacy, light control (room darkening), and insulate your windows.
You can make your no-sew curtains from fabric or drop cloth. They don’t require any special skills.
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The photo below was taken before we installed the canvas drop cloth curtains and French pole. The room seems bottom heavy.
Notice how your eyes travel all over the room once the window treatments were installed. You can find our DIY Blanket Ladder tutorial in this earlier post.
The DIY Wingback Headboard is another one of our DIY projects with a step by step tutorial.
How to Make Easy No Sew Curtains
Before making your Farmhouse style curtains is the time to plan your curtain hardware (curtain rods). I did not want to use drapery hooks or to make my curtains rod pocket, thus I chose to order French Poles with rings with clips. Furthermore, I wanted to my Farmhouse style curtains to get an updated look with my Boho meets farmhouse bedroom design.
Hardware – Decisions, decisions…
Our nightstands are circa the ’70s, incidentally, they are solid wood and well made. I looked for new ones and the cost was prohibitive.
The next best thing was to update the ones I had. I wanted them to disappear so I painted them the wall color (read more here) and changed the hardware to match. The hardware had a rustic brown finish so I spray painted them black.
This helped me choose the color for my window treatment hardware (read more here).
The choice was easy after considering all the options. The French Pole with clip rings in black would draw your eye up and tie the elements in the space together.
Measure and Make a Cut Plan
If you have decided to make drop cloth curtains then you will need to figure your yardage per the sizes of drop cloths available. These are the best drop cloths I have found online. At my favorite home improvement store, Home Depot, I found painter’s drop cloth.
This is the canvas fabric I used and this the BEST canvas for the money.
Since I used 60-inch width 10-ounce cotton canvas it was easy to calculate my yardage. My panels are going to be stationary (not opening and closing) since I have woven wood Roman shades, for this reason, I only need one width of fabric to look full. However, when I make these curtains for the living room I will use 1.5 widths per panel.
Please note: my windows are 34.5 inches wide, and the window trim is 3.5 inches (each side so 7″ total). I planned to install the French pole 4 inches out from the side trim. Therefore, I needed to order a 49.5 inches pole with 10 clip rings.
DIY Curtains Supplies and Tools
Gather your supplies, tools, and cut plan to make your DIY curtains from either canvas or drop cloth. The best part is no sewing machine necessary to make these easy curtain panels.
Supplies and Tools
- Fabric or drop cloths
- Seam tape
- Fabric Scissors
- Paper Scissors
- Iron (steam)
- Fabric marker water soluble
- Measuring tape
- Drapery weights
- Stapler with staples
Marking and Cutting Canvas Drop Cloth
At this point, you should have already installed your hardware or French pole (window treatment hardware). Using the clips on the rings as your top measurement measure from there to the floor for the final length before adding the ruffle. The width is determined by how full you want your panels to be. Are you going to close them?
Please note: my canvas fabric was 60″ wide so I used one width.
Using your size final measurements work backward and add hems to those measurements (mine curtains have a finished length of 89″).
Side hems are 1″ so add 2″ to width.
To determine the length add 8″ for the bottom hem and 1″ for the top hem and the length of your ruffle (mine is 8″ long). In other words with a finished length of 89″ plus hems and ruffle you need to cut your fabric at 106″ lengths.
To form the side seams, you will use a 1″ seam then folded that over into itself, whereas to form a 1/2″ seam, and pressed it in place.
To form the ruffle measure down 9″ from the top of the fabric and made a mark. Next, add the seam tape (open the seam to add tape) starting just below the ruffle mark to about 8″ from the bottom and steamed it in place on both sides. In other words, you are only gluing down the areas that are not part of the bottom or top hems or ruffles.
Once the tape is pressed in place remove the paper from the top and turn the seam over and steam it to glue the seam in place.
How to Make a Curtain Ruffle
To form neat professional side hems at the ruffle mark and slit in the seam turn the ruffle side hem the opposite way (this ensures the side hem will not be seen when the ruffle is formed).
To install your Farmhouse curtains draw a line across your fabric at the foldover that will form your ruffle and divide the area by 9 spaces to determine the clip positions and mark that too. To hang or install the curtains start clipping it on at one side seam and every purple mark until you reach the other side seam.
If you love this idea you might also enjoy:
How to make a gorgeous DIY Llama Pillow.
Easiest Envelop pillow tutorial you can find in this earlier post.
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