Painter’s Drop Cloth Wonky Star Curtain
It is August already, a fact that does not make me happy for several reasons. The biggest reason is both kids will go back to college soon. Though they weren’t around much this summer there was still a chance of seeing them; I really kinda like them.
Once they go back to school The Husband and I are left with an empty nest again, a fact that is wonderful and awful all at the same time.
The second reason and reason for this post is it is nearing the end of summer. A sad fact since I love to be outside; our back deck is one of my favorite places. By this time of year the sun has shifted to where it absolutely cooks the deck to a point that it is miserable to sit out there especially to try to eat lunch and dinner. The heat is unbearable and the sun is directly in your eyes by dinner time. As we sat there last week eating our grilled chicken and squinting at each other we came up with a plan.
“A curtain. we need a curtain!”
That is where the idea for the Painter’s Drop Cloth Curtain came from.
We needed a large inexpensive cloth that is durable enough to stand up to being left outside; painter’s drop cloths are perfect! I thought I might have to tea dye the cloth once we got it home however these arrived in the perfect shade of ivory, bonus!
I’ve already told you: Not only am I a lazy crafter, I am also terribly impatient!
Here is what you need for the Painter’s Drop Cloth Curtain:
~Painter’s Drop Cloth ( I know surprise right, Heehee) This isn’t exactly the one we used but any painter’s drop cloth should work.
~7/16″ eyelet grommets (this pack even comes with the setter!)
~Stencil of choice
~Possibly thread if you have to alter the size of your curtain
I used spray paint (again I am lazy) however you can use traditional craft paint if you prefer
~Craft Paint ( this is our favorite for everything from wood to cloth)
~Assorted Paint brushes if painting by hand
How to make a Painter’s Drop Cloth Curtain with Wonky Stars
Over all this project took me about 5 hours, most of which was spent painting. You can skip the painting and save yourself hours of work.
~Measuring for your curtain:
-Calculate the size of the opening you wish to cover, double your width measurement to get the approximate size of the painter’s drop cloth you will need to order.
-When measuring for curtain width you measure the width of your window or opening and double the measurement. This is especially true when measuring for traditional curtains. You can be a bit more liberal with your measurements on a project like this; it will allow you to maybe cheat and possibly not have to sew a seam if you can find a drop cloth close to what you need.
~Before any sewing project always wash your fabric according to manufacturer’s directions.
However if you are lazy like me wash the drop cloth exactly as you will be washing it in the future, it will save disappointment later. Seriously who needs directions ?!?!
~Measuring for grommets:
-Basically you want to end up with a grommet every 6″
-You will need to do a little “mathing” to get your grommets to line up symmetrically; it is OK to shift your grommets a bit in order to get them to lay right. It is preferable to have a smaller span than one larger.
-Your first and last grommet holes should be 1 1/2″ in from the side as well as 1 1/2″ down from the top
-The in between grommet holes should be placed 1 1/2″ down from the top of your drop cloth.
~Time to use the grommet setter! (little things make me so happy, just a DIY nerd)
-Grommet setters all work a little different, please refer to your package for specifics.
-Basically you want to cut a small X where the center of your grommet will be. (unless your setter cuts holes as well)
-Slide your bottom up through the hole from the back side.
-Set your top down over the bottom from the front side.
-Place both pieces with fabric between on base of grommet setter
-Set top of grommet setter over all of the pieces
-Wack the crap outta it until your grommets are set!
-For easy stencils, ones with little detail, I always cut them myself.
-I have found using pre-made For Sale Signs are an easy and inexpensive option for stencil material
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Have a joyful day!