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No Sew Drop Cloth Script Curtain Panel Tutorial
I wanted something different for our sitting room and the new DIY curtain rod. I love the idea of drop cloth curtains…affordable ($25 for a 9×12 drop cloth).
9×12 drop cloth for three 4′ panels
Sharpie Permanent Marker
I spread the drop cloth out on the dining room table.
I wanted 3 panels. My floor to ceiling height in the sitting room is 7 1/2 foot. I drew up a plan:
I made marks 18 inches (minus 1 1/2 feet) in from the bottom hem (laying out my drop cloth with 9 ft. being the height and 12 ft. being the length). The cut panels are the exact height from floor to ceiling (we’ll worry about exact correct length later…as long as they’re a little longer than needed, it’s all good.
*Tip:  The drop cloth will be larger than table (if you have floor space to spread out – that’s great). Otherwise, working from one end, hold up fabric overlapping edge, measure and mark.
I cut from mark to mark. I heard using pinking sheers helps eliminate unraveling (myth as shown below).
*Tip:  Large drop cloth is difficult to work with. Pull fabric towards you as you cut.
Next I cut 3 panels out of the 12 feet at 4 feet each.  However:  I don’t think the manufacturer thought anyone would actually measure a drop cloth, so I had two 48″ pieces and one 42″ piece. (Which is okay – these are decorative and it was okay for my middle curtain to be off a little…but take this into account if it matters for you!!!)
I did not hem  cut edges – I like the frayed edge.  Left curtain panel has an outer hem by manufacturer, inside is frayed. Middle has two frayed edges.  Right panel is reverse of left with an outer hem, inner frayed. Top hem is sewn by the manufacturer.
I washed the panels on the hand wash cycle and dried on low.
As you can see, pinking sheers did not make a difference with fraying…
Unless this is decreased fraying?!
I pulled or cut away the strings. I like the frayed look once the tangled mess was gone.
Next I ironed the panels, using a high temp and steam.
I laid each panel out on the floor and using a yard stick, I made LIGHT pencil lines every six inches starting from the top.
I chose Robert Frost poems. They’re mostly nature related and short. I selected poems that were around 12 lines long. (Panels have 14 pencil lines:  Poem title, poem and author’s name = 14 lines too! Perfect!)
Using a Sharpie, I just started copying and writing out the poems…judging/eyeballing whether I needed to write smaller or bigger or insert a symbol to make the lines fit on a line. Sometimes I went over and darkened certain words by tracing again with my Sharpie.)
I didn’t like the “B” at the beginning of one of my poems, so I made a patch of left over drop cloth and this is the only part I sewed – but I patched right over the ugly “B”.  You might call it imperfection but I call it character.  🙂
When finished, I hung the curtains using curtain clips.
For the bottom hem, with the curtain hanging, push the bottom fabric to where the floor meets the wall. Draw a pencil line in that corner.  Cut along the line with pinking sheers.
All done. Custom. Affordable and I love the look!!!  How about you?
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Dazed. And then some…an old window DIY project.

Meet:  Rachelle from

Dazed. And then some...  
who has recently turned some old windows into some amazing things.  Today she’s sharing one of her awesome window projects.  Here she is:

Yay!! I am SO excited to share this project with all of you!

I started with just the window frame (it came with the glass) and went from there.

Okay, so here’s how I did it!

  • Window Frame w/glass
  • Crackle Paint
  • Country White Acrylic Paint
  • Brown Acrylic Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Raw wood shelf
  • (3)  Longer Nails/Hammer
  • Twine
  • (2) Screws
  • Screw Driver
  • Wall Decals (Optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue

  1. If the frame you chose already has a dark stain or dark color paint, you do not need to paint it again. Just take your Crackle Paint and brush on a nice layer in one even direction. Let it get tacky. Do NOT let it dry.
  2. Using your Country White paint, brush on a nice thick layer. Within a minute or two you will start to see it crack! You can speed this process along using a hairdryer, as well.
  3. Using the same brush you used for the white paint, start painting your raw wood shelf brown. 
  4. Sand both the shelf and window frame along the edges and even more so on the corners.
  5. Flip your frame over and screw in your screws. (One on the top of each corner for hanging.) 
  6. Cut enough twine to fold over 4 times and tie a loop on each end. Apply to screws.
  7. On your shelf, hammer in 3 nails. Make sure they are long and sturdy enough for keys (or whatever you think you will be hanging from them).
  8. Now apply a nice thick layer of hot glue to the back of your shelf and press onto the bottom of the frame.
  9. Finally, apply your decals to the windows. I used Designer Wall Accents in “Swirly Branches”. 

Note: You do not have to apply the decals at all if you prefer not to. If you like the idea of branches but don’t want to buy decals, you can just paint them on the back of the windows. (That was my initial plan until I spotted the decals!)


**I kind of forgot to take a before shot, so here is the back of the frame after I had already finished it.

Close up of the crackle effect… Cool, ri

This is a shot of it without the decals. It looks great either way! 

Beautiful and so creative!  Great job, Rachelle!  This would be perfect in an entryway! Love it!

See more DIY and creativity from Rachelle at her blog…

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Easy DIY Pelmet/Cornice Box Tutorial ~ My Old Country House

Lesli from My Old Country House is showing off her super easy tutorial for: 
The supplies you will need:
1. Fabric

2.Foam Core Board
the kind your kids use for school projects (unbelievable!)

(They come 3 in  a pack for about 8-$10. You will need 2 per Cornice
 so, that means… you will need 2 packs total.)

  • 3. Packing Tape
  • 4. scissors, 
  • 5. a box cutter
  • 6. and batting to line the Cornice.
  • 7. Normally this would be staple gun, BUT
  • I could not find my staple gun so I ended up using Packing Tape for the whole thing!

Talk about EASY!

Okay here we go…

First, measure your window width and then add 9″. You will need 3 1/2″ on either side to be the SIDES and one extra inch on either side to set the Cornice out from the window frame. (You will need to adjust YOUR personal measurements if you want your Cornice shallower or narrower or wider. 

Next, take your board, (I just used the exact size of the board 20″ x 30″ (NO cutting!) and I cut the second board so that the EQUALED the measured length I needed. 

After you get the right combined length, tape the two pieces together, back and front. 

Then on one side of your board, which will be the FRONT, measure out 3 1/2″ on all sides, draw a line, and cut with your mat knife, BUT only a cut half way through, you are going to bend this to make your BOX.

When you get to the corners, you will have a little box, and the LOWER part, the LINE part that is on the sides (parallel with the floor) , you are going to CUT all the way through until you reach the side line, because when you fold that down and tuck it into the side, it will make your BOX!

Lay your batting down on the FRONT Face of the Cornice. This is where I discovered that I did not know where my staple gun was and took a break and ran to the grocery store and got packing tape.

Tape the edge down on the bottom and on the top to hold the batting in place

I had also discovered that I did not have enough fabric to cover the WHOLE piece so I pieced together a coordinating DWELL STUDIO Fabric, and created a lining.

 I then sewed this fabric together …

I love how this lining peeks out of the bottom 
I taped the fabric to the board…

I put the curtain rod, which held the Bedroom curtains inside the top of the Cornice…

Okay…are you ready for the REVEAL???

Isn’t that awesome?! WOW!  Take a look at the rest of Lesli’s beautiful bedroom…
She has plans to make a cushion and upholster the bench. 
Lesli even made the pillows (Amy Butler fabric).

Lesli, you’re cornices are awesome!  Unbelievable! You make it look super easy and super cheap but the results are so professional and custom! Great job!  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

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