Stencil Drapes

Stencil Drapes

This project adds a stenciled pattern to the bottom of drapes made out of drop cloths.

5 col

Required : Sewing Machine

Difficulty: Easy


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(2) Large canvas drop cloth
Décor stencil – pattern of your choice
Latex paint – color of your choice
Extra strong upholstery thread
Repositionable spray glue
Tape measure
Craft knife
Paint dish
Small box T-pins



  1. Measure the height of your window and add an additional 14” to the measurement. This is to allow for the curtain hanging above the window on a rail, puddling on the ground if the curtain is floor length and the pocket for the rail
  2. Measure the width of your window and add an additional 10” to the measurement. This is to allow for overhang when the curtain is drawn. Half the measurement to make two curtains
  3. Spread out your drop cloth and measure out the height and width* dimensions from Steps 1 and 2 onto the fabric to make your curtain panel. Mark the lines with a pencil then cut out your panel. *(Note that the width refers to the half-measurement described in Step 2)
  4. Use a sewing machine to add a ½” hem to any unfinished edges
  5. 5. Spread out one curtain panel and fold the top edge over 6”. Tuck 1” under to make a hemline and secure in place with tee-pins every 4” – 6”. This will make the pocket for the rail (See image below)
  6. Use a sewing machine to hem the pocket. Remove the tee-pins as you go (See images below)
  7. Repeat Steps 3 to 6 for the second curtain panel
  8. Spread out the bottom section of your first curtain panel on a flat surface. This will be where the stencils are added. Decide if this will be the left or right curtain. If it’s going to be the right curtain, you will want to stencil left to right along the panel. If it’s going to be the left curtain, you will want to stencil right to left along the panel. This is so the most prominent stencils are in the middle when the curtains are drawn. The following steps will be for the left curtain
  9. In a well-ventilated area, spray repositionable glue onto the back of the stencil and position it in the bottom right corner of the curtain panel. Firmly press down the stencil, paying close attention to any detailed areas of the design
    Tip: Most stencils come with tiny triangle markers, one in each corner, to help line up the stencil each time you move it. When you lay the stencil down, lightly mark the triangles with a pencil. When you lay the stencil down the second time, line up two of the triangles in the stencil with two of the previous adjacent pencil marks. Continue marking the triangles and using them as a guide as you move the stencil along the curtain edge
  10. Pour paint into your paint tray and dip the flat side of a sponge into it. Squeeze out the paint and wipe excess on the side of the dish. Too much paint on the sponge may cause the paint to bleed under the stencil
  11. Apply the paint over the stencil using an up and down dabbing motion (See image below)
  12. Once the stencil is completely covered, carefully pull the stencil off of the fabric. Use a craft knife as you’re removing the stencil to help lift detailed parts of the stencil design (See image below)
  13. Once the stencil is removed, repeat Steps 9, 11 and 12, placing the stencil next to the first print. Continue repeating the pattern all along the curtain edge. If you run out of space at the end, continue the pattern but use only half the stencil
  14. Repeat Steps 8 to 13 for the second curtain panel

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