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Tuesday

No Sew Drop Cloth Patio Curtains

Our back patio faces west and even though it's covered, the relentless Texas sun bakes our patio between the hours of 2 and 7 pm.  The heat makes it impossible to enjoy our patio until the sun dips below the treeline.

We have looked into a few shade options, but everything has been out of our budget.  We finally decided to give some simple patio curtains made from drop cloths a try.

no sew curtains from drop cloths




We've had the curtains up for over a month.  I wanted to fix up the porch a little bit before posting about the curtains, but it is already well into July and before you know it, summer will be over.  (Plus my hubby brought home that monster of a baby pool you see in the photo, so I figured it really doesn't matter now anyway...)

no sew curtains from drop cloths

When you pull the curtains open, they are wide enough to reach all the way across the open space between the cedar posts.

no sew curtains from drop cloths
Our back porch is very difficult to photograph.  It was either way too bright or way to dark!
I used six 9 x 12 Canvas Drop Cloths.  ( This brand also comes in a 4 x12 and a 12 x 15)  I didn't want to spend too much time sewing these in case they were a bust, so we simply folded the top over and used clips from Walmart to hang them.  

(Someday, I hope to get real Sunbrella outdoor curtain fabric.   At $15.00 per yard with a 12 ft tall and 60 foot wide opening, I don't even want to calculate how many yards I would need... OK, I calculated it, I would need almost 60 yards, ouch.)

Disclaimer:  As I am sure you know, any cotton fabric left bunched up after being rained on, will mold/mildew.  Drop cloths are made from cotton, to insure your curtains will last, be sure to open them so they can air dry after it rains.  If you live in a perpetually wet/humid climate, you might want to spring for the special outdoor fabric.


 I considered using some inexpensive curtain hanging accessories from Ikea, but we were afraid with only one support in the middle, the curtains would sag.  So instead, we used metal conduit and brackets from Lowes and spray painted them oil rubbed bronze.
 

I used 1 4 x 12 Drop Cloth to use for ties.  I just cut the fabric into strips and braided them, but if you wanted a more upscale look you could go with these indoor/outdoor tiebacks. 





They look really great from inside the house too!


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70 comments:

  1. I LOVE them!! I have been thinking about using these in my boys' bedroom because of their nuetral color, size, and price. Great idea to use them in such a big area - you probably would have spent an arm and leg otherwise!

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  2. I can attest to the relentless texas sun! Our patio is south facing-- I'd love to have something like this! Do you think they would work for indoors? How is the texture?

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  3. You are super clever. They look amazing and I'm sure they are super functional. Thanks for sharing at DIYByDesign.

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  4. Absolutely amazing! They look like something out of a magazine. I'm so jealous of your backyard. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  5. Oh my goodness!!! This is AMAZING!!!!! You're a GENIUS!!! Really!! You are! It looks FABULOUS!! Can you tell I'm excited?! I'm SOOO going to try this!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! :) xoxo

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  6. You have sun ?
    What is sun ?

    Your patio is bigger than my whole house !!
    good 'ole UK !!

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  7. They look Marvelous! You really did a beautiful job on something that could have cost you a small fortune.They look like an add in a Pottery Barn mag!

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  8. These look great! I never would have known that they were made from drop cloths. I was looking for a similar solution for my sunroom, so I'll have to give this a try! How did you attach the hooks to the curtains?

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  9. Hello! What a great idea for patio curtains! I'm stopping by to let you know I've nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can find more information at http://bit.ly/MimOXV. Congratulations!

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  10. I love it! I've been wanting to add curtains to our porch and was just thinking about drop cloths the other day. Yours look so nice- I'm definitely trying this first!!! Thanks for linking up at My Girlish Whims. :)

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  11. It's lovely! It looks so good! Great job! No sew is my kind of sewing! haha.. We'd love it if you'd share this at our Home is Where the Heart is! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-1/
    and any other posts you'd like to share that have to do with homesteading and homemaking!

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  12. Wow. These look absolutely great! I would love to have a porch that I could curtain off like this.

    Thanks for sharing on Show and Tell Wednesday at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

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  13. Those are way cool, I love them! Such a simple idea but they look super fantastic! I'd be thrilled if you want to link this up to my link party that just opened tonight: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/07/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-7/

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  14. Oh, you had me at "no sew". Just have to follow now :) Great job, I love the tie backs you added, super cool.

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  15. Wow so dramatic and no sew! This turned out spectacular! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednedsay and share your idea with us! This the the centerpiece of your patio for sure !
    Karin

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  16. First of all...your patio is GORGEOUS!!!! Love the curtains...especially the ties..super creative!

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  17. Hello Jamie,
    I love the look of curtains on the patio, fabulous. I have always wanted some but figure that it would be pricey. Wow, this is such a awesome idea to use drop cloths as curtains. I just pinned it. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula
    PS Nice Work.

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  18. Wow...I think they look great. I love the idea of using dropcloths because of the price and the durability being outdoors. They look great on your porch.

    I would love to do something like that on a lower patio deck we have but I don't have any braces or posts. It's just a lower deck leading down from our upper deck. It's so hot there though and curtains would be wonderful.

    Nice to meet you from a Tennessean to a Texan. (Tn people and Tx people are so much alike)

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  19. What a great idea...just found you now following

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  20. I REALLY love your patio curtains (and your whole patio actually)! Like how you did the ties! Have a great weekend!

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  21. these are fabulous!!! i am pinning this idea! :) hopped over from tt&j.

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  22. must say I am a bit jealous of your wonderous patio love it and the curtains are so beautiful and free they look like they have always belonged come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  23. Awesome and I love your huge patio- I was just about to do those curtains myself and we sold our house..our new house doesn't have a covered patio..so the project is on hold for now! But you did a great job- can't believe they are no-sew, they look great!
    Shannon

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  24. drop cloth is the best! LOVE that stuff! indoor, outdoor...looks great!

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  25. What a creative idea. Your patio is gorgeoualso! Thanks for posting

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  26. These look fabulous, what a great idea. With the light coming through them it would make such a pretty space. I also love the look of your house.

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  27. Pinned this! I love the look. I house sit for a lady who has curtains similar to these...when I ever get my own house then I will be doing this!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  28. Wow, your patio looks great!! Liz

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  29. They really look great against your posts and your house! Nice job!

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  30. Wow you really have a huge patio. I know what you about the sun baking you between 2 - 7, since our yard faces SW we have the same thing. Your drop cloth curtains look really nice, I used the same for our patio and I just love them. My don't close so I envy you on that. That is one big pool, do you ever take a dip? So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

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  31. What a great idea for a beautiful patio area! We have the same problem with our back porch. No roof though. I'm whining to the husband all the time about building a roof over it...then I can use your curtain idea. Thanks for the inspiration! It look fabulous!

    xoxo laurie

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  32. These are fantastic!! We also live in a very sunny, hot climate (AZ) so these would be a perfect solution to the heat! :) I'm a new follower and would love you to visit my new blog!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Great job....I love these! I just tweeted about them!!
    ~~~rhonda~~~

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  34. Your patio is so gorgeous!! I love outdoor curtains, them make any space feel 'resort-like'. I can't wait to tackle my outdoor area, it currently resembles a building site.

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  35. Featured you!
    Stop by and see!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  36. Love your no sew curtains and I LOVE your backyard. I am jealous of how big your patio is, it looks like a hotel now. Great project!

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  37. First off your house and patio is just amazing! I love how these curtains turned out - so smart! Featuring you today at Mom On Timeout - thanks for sharing!

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  38. Beautiful patio and love the curtains!! My husband complimented them and I told him they were canvas drop cloths...he was very impressed.

    Stopping by from Tip Junkie's linky party. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/07/bow-pleated-purse.html

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  39. Your curtains are GORGEOUS! As is your backyard...setting! What a dream! I'm featuring you on Saturday! XO, Aimee

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  40. Great idea, Jamie! They look really good. Thank you for sharing with air your laundry friday! xo Jami

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  41. Visiting from It's Overflowing - these look amazing!

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  42. Look amazing!! Love them! Thanks so much for sharing at Mop It Up Mondays!!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  43. The curtains look great! I would love to invite you to share this on Saturday Show and Tell: (www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-20/). I know that my readers would appreciate this and some of your other posts. Thanks and have a great weekend.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  44. Such a great idea! I will definitely have to try this out myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Your patio is gorgeous! Love the idea of using drop clothes too! Stopping by from the CSI project.

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  46. Loved this idea so much that I tried it. Unfortunately I live in South Carolina and it rained for days right after I put them up. Less than a month later they are covered with black spots of mildew/mold. I even put scotch guard on them before I hung them (though I probably could have used more). So.... if your curtains are going to get wet at all or be in a humid area, I recommend not using drop cloth. Or you should buy some material that is pre-treated against mold/mildew OR some chemical to pretreat them to make it waterproof. I wasted probably $100 on this project unfortunately. Great idea, but it didn't work for me, and I wanted to make sure other people knew so they didn't make the same mistake I did. They were very cute and worked great while they lasted. But we had to take them down.

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    1. I'm sorry this happened to you. We live in central texas where it is very humid as well. I knew going in that regular fabric molds and mildews when wet, so every time it rained or they curtains got wet, I opened them so they could dry in the sun. Mine have held up very well, with just a touch of shrinkage. (But not so much shrinkage that I feel the need to refold and lower the curtain edge.) At your suggestion, I will mention that the curtains should aired out after they get wet...

      Just this morning, my hubby and I were drinking our coffee on the porch and were debating whether we should leave them up over the winter or take them down. His vote was to leave them up, because they would dry out in the sun whether it was cold or not, but I argued we could get one more summer out of them if I took them down once the fall rains come. I am still not decided...

      Thanks,
      ~Jamie

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  47. HiJamie,
    I am trying these for my apartment patio today. I live just north of Fort Worth. Since I only have about a 12 ft length to cover I bought the 4x15 ft cloth. I have a direct west facing patio and the sun is murderous on my den as well as my patio. Can't wait to get them up and see how they look!
    Sandra

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  48. Did the drop cloths you bought have a seam through the middle? I have a big patio also, and a 9x12 drop cloth would be perfect... some I checked out definitely have a horizontal seam and I can't figure out what to do with that!! Hoping yours didn't!!!

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  49. You are a GENIUS ... THANK YOU for sharing this

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  50. Your curtains are so nice, great privacy and getting out of the sun. Hope you don't have excess wind.
    We lived in KY where the humidity is 100% in summer. We always had mold on north side of our house, had to spray it down all the time. Every thing mildewed. This was hard for me to learn to live with after coming from dry climate (MT).
    Our back deck/door is directly facing west in western CO so it gets super toasty in summer. No cover on deck yet but hopefully we'll get it up this summer. It gets so hot I can't touch the door knob. We also get high winds out here that just about blow us away.
    Great project, glad you shared.

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  51. How many curtain rings per panel did you use to hang these? Thanks!!!! I love it!!!

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  52. I just moved to Austin and have a nice westward facing back patio. I have spent all morning researching fabrics and curtains - so expensive! I now have drop cloths coming my way via Amazon! So excited! Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea!

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  53. We did the same thing on are screened in front porch in Florida, but instead of using drop clothes I used shower curtains (green to match my shutters) so I didn't have to worry about fabric being ruined/mold and also used conduit. P.S. I have yet to have to replace any shower curtain in the past 5 yrs.

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    1. Shower curtains are smart! I wish they made a 10 ft shower curtain!

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    2. Jamie,
      I know its been several years now of use...have you had any problems with them? Any mold? I live in Arkansas where if you don't like the weather now just wait a minute! I have a porch on the front of my home that I would love to put these on but I wonder how they will hold up over time. Also any ideas on how to hang them on a metal roof over?

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  54. I love this! What are the clips you used? Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. just accomplished this very easy task; they sell the clips in the curtain isle lowes, walmart...i bought 3/4" conduit!

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  55. Looks nice but doesn't the paint scratch off when you open and shut the curtains?

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    1. It has not scratched off 2 years later, though the curtains do not get daily usage. And if it did, I would repaint them.
      ~Jamie

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  56. Your home is gorgeous! I'm going to have to stalk, er scour, your site now for more pictures! We have some outdoor curtains that I made a few years ago on our back pergola. I had gotten the fabric on sale for a great deal. While it's been great out there, they are starting to show their wear & tear, the FL sun can be pretty brutal. I think I'll have to do just drop cloth curtains soon. I do love the added ties you did with braiding drop cloth strips!

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  57. Hi! Wonderful post. I live in Texas too and needed something to help block the Texas sun. I am so going to do this. Thanks so much

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  58. This looks great! What kind of clips did you use?

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    1. These may or may not be the exact ones, but they are very similar:http://mobile.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Clip-Rings-Oil-Rubbed-Bronze/21081337?type=search

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  59. I found this picture while doing a search and thank you! This will work for me and I'm going to Lowes asap! I had a hard time thinking about paying for grommets that I couldn't use because the rod in our cabana doesn't come out. This should be just perfect and the price is right!

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