I needed curtains for my den in progress. We have high ceilings and huge windows. I looked high and low and quickly realized we were going to have to take out a second mortgage to buy curtains for the space. I looked at blogs for ideas and alternatives. Finally, on The Lettered Cottage (no surprise there), I found the idea of using drop cloths for curtains. That really gave my husband a big chuckle but off to Home Depot we go. We find the drop cloths and they are about $10. bucks each. They are 6'x9' and hemmed (which is huge since I don't sew).
So we bought 4 for a total of $40. What did we have to lose? If we don't like them, we can use them as drop cloths. We also bought drapery rods and drapery clips to hold the "curtains." We got them home, opened them up and they seemed a little stiff. So, I decided to wash them all on gentle cycle and dry on delicate. When I opened the dryer to get them, do you know what came out? The perfect impersonation of vintage linen drapes! Are you kidding me? We hung them up so fast. I loved them. What's better than forty dollar drapes...for four panels? Well, I tell you. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought 4 huge wooden red buttons and put one on each panel. Just a little whimsical touch.
If we pull them closed, they completely cover the windows since they are six feet wide.
New vintage linen curtains, 9 feet tall, 6 feet wide, no sew, 4 panels, 40 bucks. You can't beat that!