How to Make DIY Farmhouse Inspired Curtains on a Budget using Drop Cloth

Learn how to make DIY farmhouse inspired curtains for your home with this easy tutorial. Transform your window and space by adding these pretty inexpensive curtains to your home.

diy farmhouse curtains

I made this farmhouse inspired curtain to lighten up my sewing area and add some texture to the space. 

I work and sew in my studio space sewing projects like my linen wrap skirt so this has really helped create an inspiring space for me.

I really didn't like the colour of the wooden blinds that were hanging on the window originally but I wanted to make something on a budget, so I'm really pleased with the way this project turned out.

I love the rustic country style, I am usually drawn to this aesthetic whenever I am designing, especially when designing my pdf sewing patterns which you can find here

This is a really great beginner sewing project so if you are looking for something quite simple to learn how to sew or get your sewing skills back up to scratch definitely give this project a go.

It's a really quick project, it only took me about an hour to cut and sew and hang this curtain up. close up of farmhouse drop cloth curtainsPROJECT TIPS:

  • Check your drop cloth is 100% linen if you are going to bleach it to get a white colour. The one in my supply kit below works well.
  • If you are wanting to hand two curtains divide to window or door space by two then double for each curtain width. 
  • Double check your measurements before cutting out! Better to check twice and cut once. 

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To work out what size your curtain needs to be, measure across the area that you are going to be hanging your curtain. I wanted my curtain to cover just the window so I measured across the bottom window sill.

I was 140cm or 55 inches then I doubled the measurement which came out at 110 inches. You want to double the measurement to make sure the curtain is really nice and full.

farmhouse inspired drop cloth curtain measurement guide

To work out the length of your curtain you need decide where you will be hanging your wire or your curtain rod. Measure down from that point then add 23 inches (13 inches for the top hem and ruffle + 10 inches for the hem)

measuring out curtains


  • Painters Drop Cloth (100% Cotton)
  • Curtain Wire or Rod
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring tape 
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron 

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ruffle hem
At the top of your curtain fold over one inch and pop in some pins. This is going to be the hem for the ruffle at the top of the curtain.

measure out the ruffle
Then fold over the top of the curtain and measure the ruffle to be 12 inches. This is going to be the length of the ruffle at the top of the curtain. Pin all the way along as you go to make it easier for yourself to sew in the next step.

sewing ruffle hemEdge stitch the one inch hem on the ruffle. 

sewing casingSew the top of the curtain where the ruffle is folded over, this is going to create a casing for your curtain wire or rod to go through.

I made mine about 1cm or 1/2 inch wide. If you have a curtain rod just work out how much width you will need your casing to provide so that you can thread through your curtain rod. 

At the bottom of the curtain fold over one inch and press in place. Then fold up 9 inches and pin all the way along.

sewing hemEdge stitch the hem the curtain.

Grab your curtain wire or curtain rod and thread this through the casing that you created at the top of the curtain.

casing for curtainNow your curtain is ready to be hung up. I am using hooks for my wire they come as a pack. I used an extra hook in the centre as well, because the curtain is quite heavy. 

hanging up curtain

Hang and enjoy your new pretty curtains! 



If you make this project and love it, I would love if you share it! Tag me on Instagram @makylacreates with your beautiful creation.

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