You’re going to think I’m crazy. Yeah, yeah, you already know it. Remember when I showed you how to make a straight curtain hem the easy way? And I told you I was unhappy with the yellowish khaki color of the osnaburg fabric? Well, there was no easy way to change the color so I (re)made the curtains from drop cloths.
You probably won’t be able to tell the difference in color in the pictures, but I’m much happier with the oatmeal color of the new curtains.
My first curtains made from osnaburg:
New curtains from drop cloths:
Side by side:
There are a few cautions I wanted to share with you, though, if you decide to use drop cloths, especially for larger projects like this.
6 Things to Know When Using Drop Cloths for Sewing and Craft Projects:
1. Drop cloths were not intended to be used for fine sewing- expect flaws and work with or around them. Here is what I found on one of my panels:
2. Don’t expect the measurements on the package to be precise. My panels were about 3 inches shorter than the stated measurements.
3. Hems won’t be square or straight. I’m ok with that for curtains, but you will need to account for it in your measurements if you want to trim and square up the edges.
4. Pre-wash the fabric if you plan on washing the finished project (a good idea with any fabric). Be warned- this stuff shrinks a lot. My panels were 8 inches shorter than the measurements on the package by the time I washed and dried them. (See #2) I had to add an extra strip to the bottom to make the panels long enough.
5. Drop cloths may not be one continuous piece. One of the larger pieces I’ve bought was four pieces stitched together, with seams vertically and horizontally, making it unusable for curtains.
6. Buy all the pieces you need at one time to make sure the color is the same. (Again, a good idea when buying any fabric.)
I’m not sure if I’m completely finished with the curtains. Maybe add ruffles to the bottom from a sheer white fabric. Sort of a soft meets utilitarian look. Or an overall stencil? A band of color? What do you think? Would you add something to these curtains made from drop cloths?