I spent a week in Virginia helping my friend decorate her house. She has this big window in her front room and it needed some curtains. Here is how you can make them too!
Some of the other canvas drop cloths were only 1 in a package. The ones we bought were perfect because we needed 2 curtain panels.
They ended up being the perfect width for our window. You may need to adjust the measurements to fit your window. Measure how long you want them and then add 3″ for the hem. Make sure to consider how you want to hang them. Ours were hung with curtain clips on a rod. Cut off the extra fabric and hem. Our hem was rolled once then again about 2 1/2 inches.
Snip the sheet at 4″ increments and tear apart. (Do this the long way so you have enough length to ruffle.) We used 6 strips per panel. Adjust depending on the size of your curtains. The combination of the warn, softness of the sheet and the tearing gave the ruffles a nice vintage edge.
Draw a line 1/3 the way up from the bottom of the curtain. Then draw a line every 6″ to the bottom of the curtain. You should have 6 lines for 6 ruffles.
Adjust the ruffle to fit the width of your panel. Pin the gathered seam along the pencil line. Continue pinning all 6 ruffles. Sew a straight stitch over your gathering stitch. It’s a little awkward because the drop cloth is a little thick.
Keep gathering and gathering and pinning and pinning – you can do it!!
We finished our project at 1:00 am. We hung them up and sat on the couch and admired them for quite some time. They gave the room such a darling, finished look.
In my house in California, I have shutters on all my windows, so I don’t think I will be able to have my own set of these curtains in my house. That makes me sad. I took lots of pictures so I could remember how cute they turned out!!