Dropcloth Curtain Makeover

A few months ago I made some dropcloth curtains for the family room. While I thought myself quite clever for using dropcloth for the panels and twine for the tabs … the truth of the matter is … I don’t like them. I kept looking at them and thinking something was missing. Then it hit me. They need something feminine. And white. Hmmmm … maybe an overlay of tulle and some lace for the tiebacks.

Of course, step number one is to keep Lil Puddy off the fabric. Easier said than done.

I simply pinned a double layer of tulle to the top of the dropcloth panel and sewed just this one seam.

The next step was to make simple tie-backs. No sewing necessary.
I just cut the amount of lace needed and hooked them to a small nail.
Someone’s finally getting tired. And it’s not me.
The picture doesn’t do them justice. They’re much prettier in person.
And it will look better when I’m finished with this room.
This is softer, and much more me. They were too blah before (see them here).
Now it’s time to go outside and enjoy our summer-like weather.

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  1. Love the addition of tulle and lace! Your adorable assistant makes it that much more fun. (I just came inside for a break. I’m working outside enjoying this beautiful weather.)

  2. The tulle gives it a soft pretty look. My cats have always loved to lay all over anything I ever work on too. Puddy is adorable.


  3. quite creative! your little kitty thinks so too!

  4. What a sweet idea! Very pretty and soft. Have a great week! Hugs, Pamela

  5. What a fun twist to using dropcloth! Definitely more feminine and soft! Great job!

  6. I think they are so pretty. Great idea you had.

  7. I really like your curtains and kitty is too cute! Thanks for visiting me today! Have a great week!

    -Kim 🙂

  8. Perfect addition to those curtains.I agree I have these too.And although I do love them if I had a sewing machine I would add some lace.I love your idea too.

  9. Jennifer – that tulle and lace totally make those drapes look so beautiful!!! You are a genius, girl! 🙂 It’s always fun to have a little helper, isn’t it….? lol! What a cutie patootie!

    xoox laurie

  10. Lovely curtains so pretty ! Lil you are a cutie pie ! Have a good day !

  11. They look very airy on your old farmhouse windows. It’s always nice to have a helping hand (or 4) when you’re working on a project.

  12. The curtains look fantastic but boy oh boy Puddy is one handsome cat! What kind is he? (or she…). We have a cat that has the same little tufts on her ears and they look so exotic.

  13. Love what you did with the standard drop clothes. Such an improvement. Thanks for sharing, liz

  14. what a brilliant way to feminize them….and Puddy! too adorable!

  15. Oh wow! I love the addition of the feminine touch! I love these! I have just the room in mind to copy this idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Just what they needed! It’s so funny because I just slipcovered a chair with a dropcloth and it needs SOMETHING, I just can’t decide what. I know exactly what you mean. You did a beautiful job.


  17. your curtains look beautiful!! & i love your cat 🙂

  18. Enchanting!

    And so it the kitty.


  19. I thought they looked good before , But the unexspected softness over them really sets them off. Much more feminine !

  20. How do I love these curtains? Let me count the ways. You knew exactly what to add and how much to add to your original design to make them perfect. How clever you are, Jennifer! Nicely photographed as well. And your inclusion of Puddy in the “story” is very creative. So cute. Love your blog.

  21. I’ve seen lots of dropcloth out there in blogland, but none with tulle. I think that you will start a new trend, because your curtains are quite lovely now!

  22. What a fantastic idea – completely turns dropcloth into something romantic and flowy!

    Visiting from Tuesday’s Treasures…

    Rhonda @ home.made.

  23. Love the tulle over the drop cloth, first time I seen this and it looks really pretty. Love the lace tiebacks, very elegant look. Love you Mr. Puddy he’s adorable and fun to see what he’s up to. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

  24. What a soft pretty look.
    Awesome idea and I love your job.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  25. soo pretty!! love your kitty too!

  26. Your curtains look so very pretty! I love the feminine touches you added.

    Nice visiting with you tonight.

  27. I love the look of this–what a great idea! The pictures of the kitty are adorable too!

  28. Love it Mom! Can’t wait to “see it in person” Puddy is so cute, love the pics they look great!!!

  29. Lovely addition to the drapes! What is it with cats and fabric? lol ~ Maureen

  30. just the right touch of softness. I like that you added the tulle .
    via OHP…

  31. What a lovely idea, thanks for sharing!

  32. Very pretty! The tulle adds just the right touch! 🙂

  33. What a GREAT idea! I love them! The tulle was the perfect addition, and I love the ties at the top? What is that? Whatever it is it is gorgeous!

    And of course sweet Puddy! I have FOUR cats….I know, that is lot! lol So, you can imagine what fun I have when I lay something out on the floor to work on….

    I am a new follower 🙂

    Lou Cinda

  34. Oh my this is lovely!

    Happy day, happy spring, happy happy everything!

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  36. Oh my… really?! The touch of tulle has the most amazing effect! These are stunning! Love how the light catches them.

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 126. 🙂



  37. I think the toole, twine, and lace add so much dimension they are beautiful just the way they are!!!!!

    Thank you for sharing!

  38. I have been thinking about drop cloth curtains. Thanks for the inspiration. I found you through Funky Junk and am now a new follower.
    Laura from InSoVintage

  39. I’ve been using drop cloth for just about everything for years..your curtains look amazing. Well done!

  40. I am excited about this! I have never been completely happy with my bedroom dropcloth curtains…this may be the ticket to dress them up a little!

  41. Well if you aren’t talented!!! What an amazing look! You were right…they needed some softening and they are absolutely breathtaking now! Wow!!!!
    Speaking of sewing….do they still have that marvelous fabric store in Geneva on the corner by the courthouse…across on the other side of the street if I remember. It was a wonderful fabric store!

  42. The drop clothe curtain make over is beautiful . You will just love it


  43. Jo Ellen says:

    I absolutely love your curtains!! I found them on Pinterest (is there anywhere else to look? LOL!) and am in love! I have the drop cloths, just need to get the tulle. What did you attach them to the rod with? It looks like brown yarn or something, but I can’t tell. Thanks!

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