My Fancy Drop Cloth Valance
Full Disclosure: This drop cloth valance tutorial was written by a non-sewing person. It is not intended to replace the advice of a professional seamstress. Your results may vary.
As you know I am in the middle of my $100 dining room makeover. I shared a sneak peek of my drop cloth valance and curtains on my Facebook page and I was surprised to have a few people ask how I learned to do this. This “no sewing girl” was flattered by the compliments and questions.
So I am here with a ridiculously easy and super short tutorial. No really, it will be short.
Three 9×6 drop cloths.
I used drop cloth curtains in my office and I love them. I literally took them out of the package, then washed and hung them. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Here are the curtains I am replacing in my dining room. The valance is the only thing hanging from that pretty oil rubbed bronze rod. The panels are hanging on two very short basic rods. I knew it would be a challenge to recreate this look without taking down any of the hardware.
I had to do something that strikes fear into my heart and turns my stomach inside out. Yes, my friends, I was forced to use my sewing machine.
As luck would have it, my silent partner happened to be home on the day I had set aside to “eat my frog.” His input proved to be invaluable. I will explain this just a bit later.
How to sew
The panels were the easy part after I spent an hour threading the needle and bobbin on my machine. I am proud to say I did this all by myself. 🙂
Using a seam gauge, I pinned and pressed my fabric to sew a rod pocket. I have to give a shout out to my blogging besties who held my hand “virtually” throughout this process. I sent frantic pictures with captions like, did I pin this right, am I using this gauge thingy correctly. They reassured me that everything would be okay and they were right.
Then I said a prayer and gingerly pressed the foot pedal. I felt like a teenager who just learned how to drive a stick shift. I started out ever so slowly, but as my confidence grew I had my machine up to what sounded like 60 MPH.
The first panel was done in no time and the second one went just as quickly. Much to my surprise they did not fall apart when I hung them!
The Drop Cloth Valance
As I mentioned in the supply list above, this project required 3 drop cloths. I really got lucky when I purchased these because only one had a seam down the middle. This worked out perfectly for the valance. I ripped out the seam so I would have two pieces to work with. One for my valance and one for a drop cloth runner.
I was prepared to do some serious measuring and cutting when my silent partner said, “why don’t you just fold it in half and sew one seam”? I don’t think I have ever loved him more than I did at that moment for making this suggestion. There was almost an angelic glow around his face. His idea was brilliant.
So I folded my drop cloth in half and pinned the right sides together.
I stitched about a 1/4″ seam across the top, leaving then ends open, then turned it inside out.
Fortunately, I had an extra package of curtain clips which came in handy to make them extra bunchy.
After I hung it, I gently separated the fabric to give it a fancy puffy appearance.
Prepare to be amazed! I honestly cannot believe that I made this.
I take back all the mean and hurtful things I said about my sewing machine. I think we may have set aside our differences for now.
Could this be the beginning of a beautiful relationship? It’s too early to tell.
Stay tuned to find out.
See you next week for the big reveal of my $100 dining room makeover.
Your seamstress sister in paint.
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