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Floor Length Burlap Curtains for $7.50 a Panel

Burlap curtains might be all over the place, and maybe I’m late to the party but I’ve had these hanging in my living room for a few months and I’m finally getting around to posting a how-to! I’ve seen a lot of methods but nothing quite like mine.
DIY Burlap Curtains
It’s as basic as you can get, you only sew one seam for each panel. Of course this does leave you with 1 raw edge and 2 floor to ceiling selvedges. I love it, it’s not overly polished and it fits in a casual space.
They let the light in while blocking the living room from the street. The ribbon along to top adds a subtle blush of color and some strength to the burlap where it’s clipped.
I’ve had these curtains up for almost 6 years and they’re still standing (hanging?). The cats and the rabbit did a decent amount of damage to the bottoms but I’ve had the couch blocking it so it doesn’t matter that much to me.
burlap curtain

If you haven’t been shopping for curtains in a while it’s worth noting you could feed a small country for the cost of 4 floor length panels. I bought my burlap at Joann’s with a coupon/sale combo and it ended up costing less than $30 for all the fabric. $30 vs $400? Sign me up!

I had intended for the burlap to pool at the bottom but with a dog, a cat and a bunny rabbit hell bent on throwing everything in his path (apparently it’s a rabbit thing) that wasn’t gonna happen.

My curtains end more or less at the floor. I needed a little less than 2.75 yards for each panel so I bought 11 yards. Your fabric needs will depend on your window.

Here is the play by play: For each panel you need burlap, an iron, a length of ribbon and a means of sewing.

floor length burlap curtains

1. Cut the burlap to your desired length PLUS the width of your ribbon PLUS an inch or so. Confused? It’ll make sense in a minute.

2. Fold over the burlap, you want to cover the ribbon. Iron the edge of the burlap, try to keep the grain as straight as possible, the spaces between strings should be square not diamonds.

3. Tuck the ribbon inside, snug up against the seam you ironed

4. Fold the burlap over the ribbon and pin in place. Stitch a line through the ribbon.

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Use clips to attach each panel to your curtain rod, I used 5 per panel. I bought mine at Joann’s but these Classic Clip Rings in Brushed Sienna from Amazon are really similar. Wedge your patriotic cows above the window molding and add an old rusty horse shoe and some bird embroideries and you’re set.

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BARBARA BOZEMAN

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

I just love this...I have fallen down a "Burlap Fever" rabbit hole! I was looking for somethng for my bedroom and for something to make short curtains for my little Shasta Camper and this would be PERFECT!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Susie

Friday 8th of January 2016

This looks great- I am def going to make these! Thanks for posting- I really like the curtain rod you used- where would I find this? Thanks!!

Alecia

Saturday 9th of January 2016

I bought it at Joann's, probably 2012? I haven't looked too closely but they still have similar ones if not the same style. Make sure you take a coupon :-)

Glenys Wrampling

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

I was very interested on this website but wanted to know if there are different names for Burlap as I haven't heard of it here in Queensland Australia. Also is it possible to order it online and does it come in lighter shades.? Love the look but suppose I'll have to investigate whether I can buy It here.

Alecia

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Burlap has been very popular for a few years here in the states and all the craft stores carry it. I wouldn't even begin to know where you could but it but I do know that i've purchesed it in every color from white, red, green, brown, printed with spiders and natural. Good luck!

June

Sunday 15th of March 2015

Did you wash the burlap first?

Alecia

Monday 16th of March 2015

No, I take it outside and shake out as much dust as possible before cutting it up. I buy mine at Joann's and haven't noticed any terrible smells

Amy

Tuesday 23rd of July 2013

Where did you get those cute little clips? Also, what if you used heavier burlap?

Alecia

Tuesday 23rd of July 2013

The clips came from Joann's, I bought them when I purchased the curtain rod. I don't think heavier burlap would cause any problems as long as your curtain rod can hold the weight