Yes, Drop Cloths!!
Drop Cloths are super durable, very inexpensive and come in an array of sizes and weights. You can find them at home improvement stores, big box stores, hardware stores, paint stores, even online.
I’ve worked with drop cloths many times in the past and I can honestly say they are one of my favorite “fabrics” to work with. I’ve made curtains, pillows, wall decor and more!
Straight out of the package they aren’t very appealing and sometimes appear downright dirty! After all, they’re made to take abuse. Before I begin a drop cloth project I wash, whiten and preshrink them. The process is simple.
Wash, Whiten & Preshrink Your Drop Cloth
- Fill washing machine with warm/hot water and add about 3-4 cups of bleach.
- Allow washer to agitate just enough to mix the bleach with the water and then stop the washer cycle.
- Add your drop cloth and start washer again, allowing it to agitate for a few minutes to make sure the entire drop cloth is nice and wet.
- Stop the washer again and allow to sit for 3-4 hours. If it’s a really large drop cloth, I usually pop in and let it agitate for a few minutes every hour or so.
- After 3-4 hours re-start your washer and allow it to run through the rest of the cycle.
- Now you will run a regular wash cycle with laundry detergent (this time NO BLEACH). Instead, add a cup of peroxide (stops the bleaching). Then run the regular wash cycle (no stopping and soaking).
- Put them in your dryer on normal setting and your ready to use your drop cloth for any of the amazing ideas below!
- If you aren’t happy with the color, repeat the process again!
I’ve used drop cloths for a number of items in my home. I love making rosettes to use on my wreaths and other decor and craft items like these.
One of my favorite project is the pillows that I stenciled with Sharpie markers.
I even up-cycled some dollar store tin signs with drop cloths!
Below are a selection of projects from some of my favorite blogs that show you a few of the many things that can be made with canvas drop cloths! Please be sure to visit the blogs for all the details!
Thistlewood Farms made this beautiful pom pom pillow from drop cloth fabric. Karianne shows you how to make the pillow and pom poms on her blog.
Our Prairie Home blog made this gorgeous NO SEW duvet out of drop cloths. It’s so feminine! I am definitely going to try this project. She had me at “no sew”!
There are so many window treatments that can be done with canvas drop cloths, some don’t require any sewing at all!
Like these gorgeous curtains from the Liz Marie blog! No Sewing Required! Liz shows you how easy it is to do and what you need on her blog!
Of course, if you want something a little fancier, these double ruffle curtains from French Country Cottage are perfection!
Lovin’ the grain sack look that Jeanette from Country Design Style painted on her fringed no sew drop cloth curtains! Jeanette has a full tutorial on her blog and also does lots of videos!
Musings from a French Cottage made this adorable window awning with drop cloth material. The way she hung the awning is brilliant!
I’ve seen smocking before and the process has always intrigued me. They’re elegant and informal at the same time. I’m definitely going to try smocking! Maison de Pax shows you how to make these elegantly casual curtains!
Let’s not forget Shower Curtains! This one is too cute! The Cozy Old Farmhouse really brought the farm inside with this stenciled shower curtain!
Drop Cloths aren’t limited to bedding, pillows and curtains!
Look at these Drop Cloth projects!
Anthropologie Inspired Drop Cloth Flower Pot by What Meegan Makes
No Sew Drop Cloth Table Skirt from At the Picket Fence
Drop Cloth Rosette Stool by Confessions of a Serial DIYer
Drop Cloth Pumpkins! by Craftberry Bush
Stenciled Drop Cloth Table Runner by Pretty Handy Girl
Beneath My Heart made a Drop Cloth Slip Cover! Yes, a slipcover!
Tatertots and Jello did an entire Sectional Drop Cloth Slip Cover!!!!
I hope you enjoyed these drop cloth projects!
Be sure to visit the individual blogs by clicking on the teal color links to get the details on each of these projects and to check out these fabulous, talented bloggers!
Be inspired! You won’t be sorry, I promise!
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