The Darn Near Drop Cloth Drape Disaster

Got yer attention, don’t I? 

Okay, here’s what happened:

I bought a 9×12 drop cloth from Home Depot.  That size has a seam down the middle, but that’s okay, because I wanted two 6×9 panels anyway, so after washing the drop cloth, I cut down each side of the center seam to make two panels. 

My ceilings are 9 feet tall, but the curtain rod is 7 inches from the ceiling, so I figured I’d need to cut 7 inches minus a seam allowance from the length of the panel.  I also wanted to add a 12 inch border of pattern on the bottom of each panel. 

So I thunk and I thunk and then I cut 18 inches off of each drop cloth panel.

THAT’s  where the trouble started, but I was blissfully unaware until I sewed the 12 inch border along the bottom and then hung up a panel to check the length.

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Darn.  The bottom was 9 inches from the floor.  And 9 inches from the power cord for the Wii.  Lesson learned:  always check the length of your panel after washing your canvas.  Apparently the people who make drop cloths think that they are actually used as drop cloths and that precise measurements aren’t a priority.

What’s a girl to do? 

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Well…sew 9 inches to the top, of course!! 

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(Sorry, this one’s a little blurry, don’t look at it too long or you’ll get a headache.  I’ve been playing with that aperture thingy on my camera, and apparently you have to hold REALLY STILL when  you’re playing with aperture.) 

Now, don’t think I didn’t consider letting you all think that the top band of fabric was in the master plan all along, but I just couldn’t lie to you. 

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I couldn’t take a clear picture either.  The dishonesty was making me shaky. 

What did you do this weekend?  Avert any drapery disasters?  Do tell!

The Girl Creative

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12 thoughts on “The Darn Near Drop Cloth Drape Disaster

  1. Yes! An absolute drapery disaster! I am trying to hang some burlap behind our bed as if there is a window there, but our ceilings are so tall that I had to put a kitchen chair on the bed and I still couldn’t reach. My husband came home and we repeated the process. We eventually figured out that the replacement brackets I bought for the metal curtain rod were too big! Hoping it can get solved soon!!

  2. Great save! :D (BTW…I am sure the factory people cut it right…but I would bet money that the fabric shrunk bigtime, being 1. cotton, and 2. cheap. :p Yes, it can shrink that much, after a wash. :) )

  3. I think they look better after “the save.” Do you? Sometimes you get an idea in your head and REALLY REALLY REALLY want it to work out. I think the top band really balanced the whole look. Nice job, as always.

  4. The drapes are fantastic!!!….I’ve been trying some things out with drop cloth too. I’ve recently started a blog of my own and would love for you to visit. I just became a follower of yours. Great blog!!! (and nice to meet you)
    Mariaelena

  5. I think they turned out fantastic. I had my own disaster last year when my toddler cut one of my panels with my sewing scissors. Now, nearly a year later, I’m almost finished my curtains. I’ve taken so long because it required a lot of measuring and I worried I’d do it all wrong!

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