For several years I've had toile curtains in my kitchen. I love, love, love toile. But this toile caused problems. It had a goldish color pattern in the background and no other pattern seemed to match. I always felt like my holiday tablecloths or place settings were out of place.
I finally decided I would buy only 1 drop cloth per window and see if I could make it work. My first thought, before getting them home, was to split each one up the middle and hem the edges, making 2 panels. After playing around with them, thankfully before getting out the scissors, I decided I liked this look best. I bought 3 drop cloths for $10 each at Home Depot. You can find more information on them HERE .
I didn't prewash these drop cloths like I do when using them for other projects. I gave them a quick ironing, just to get out the large fold lines. Then I folded over the tops, to get them the length I wanted, and clipped them to the curtain rings. No cutting, no hemming, nothing. I wanted to use some burlap ribbon for tiebacks, but couldn't find any at Hobby Lobby. However, while there, I did find the great iron drawer pulls. They were on sale for $1.50 each.
I just hot glued the head of a nail into the back of the knob, and stuck it in the wall, into a hole I had previously nailed in.
I love the freedom that the solid panels give me. Now I can use any other pattern in my kitchen for decorating or on the table.
Maybe one day I will get the time to try making a drop cloth slipcover for my sofa. Drop cloths are a great, affordable solution when decorating on a budget.