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The Beauty of Drop Cloths this Fall

October 20, 2019 By Taina Laraba

· Holidays,Tutorials,Home and Garden

Happy Sunday My Friends! I'm so excited to share these projects with you using a Basic Drop Cloth. For those of you that haven't heard of "drop cloth" - you're going to be amazed. And for those of you that have heard about the use of "drop cloths" - maybe some of these are projects that you've never seen.

Your Best Friend in all these projects.

How to Bleach Drop Cloths

To get your drop cloth a super light color, it takes about 8 cups of bleach in a full washer load. If you bought the extra extra large drop cloths (about 12 x 15 feet) it will work best if you split that in two, and bleach separately in it’s own cycle. Basically, one full load of drop cloth to 8 cups of bleach. You are going to fill the washer with water and stop the cycle completely. Then you add the bleach and let it sit for 3 hours. After the soaking is done, continue on with the cycle and repeat a normal washing cycle 2 times with detergent. This should rinse the bleach out enough, but you can go a third time if you want to rinse even more. The steps are spelled out more clearly in the printable below.

Materials you'll need:

  • Painters Drop Cloth
  • 8 Cups of Bleach
  • Protective Gloves
  • Glass Measuring Cup
  • Top Loading Washing Machine
  • Dryer


  1. Shake out the painters drop cloth from it’s packaging, and insert it inside a top loading washing machine. Only fill as much drop cloth into the machine as fits comfortably and will not overload the machine. If you bought an extra large piece, you will need to split it in half and complete the process twice.
  2. Turn the washing machine on a regular cycle until it fills completely with water, submerging the drop cloth entirely with water.
  3. Open the lid of the washer and stop the machine before it continues the washing cycle.
  4. With your protective rubber gloves on your hands, measure 8 cups of bleach and pour into the water.
  5. If the drop cloth is not completely submerged, gently use your gloved hands to push it back down.
  6. Let the drop cloth sit in the bleached water for 3 hours.
  7. After that time, turn your washing cycle back on and let it mix, spin and drain the water.
  8. Run your drop cloth through 2 more complete cycles of washing, with your regular detergent included each time – but NO bleach. To be especially thorough, consider a third time.
  9. Insert the drop cloth into a dryer until dry.
  10. It is ready for use.

Now you decide if you'd like the oatmeal color of drop cloths, or a pure white color.

How to use Transfers on Drop Cloth

Have you ever noticed these labels when you’re shopping for return address labels? They are full sheets. I peeled the backing off the label, and put the sticky label directly on the fabric. Then, I carefully cut the fabric out even with the label. I say carefully, because I didn’t want the drop cloth fabric fraying. Something tells me that my printer would not want a bunch of strings invading it.

Then simply place this sheet into your printer and PRINT!

You can do this with any image, even colored images.

How to Stencil on Drop Cloth

Mark the cloth for the stencil. Divide the curtain into even rows with painter’s/masking tape. Then decide the pattern you would like.

Spray the edges of the stencil with adhesive. Let it dry for a few minutes so that the bond will be temporary. Using adhesive instead of tape really helps speed the process along.

Mix the acrylic paint and fabric painting medium. Follow package directions, which is typically a 2:1 ratio of paint-to-medium (I used 4 oz. of craft paint to 2 oz. of medium, which was more than enough for this project).

Set up paint and stencil brush station. I simply used a paper plate with paper towels – whatever you use, it needs to be easily moved with you as you work along the cloth. A stenciling roller may work better, but I was using what I already had. Do what works for you!

Place the stencil and paint. Start in the middle of the marked rows, center the stencil on your mark and then raise the edge to remove the tape marking before stenciling. Stencil by blotting the flat end of the brush on the paper towel, though not until totally dry, and then pouncing/pushing onto the stencil. The fabric soaks up paint, so you’ll need more paint on the brush than you might think.

Drop Cloth Drapes

Step 1: Wash and Dry Drop Cloth to loosen fabric, then iron them.

Step 2: Lay out fabric and Measure hem (mine being 4 inches)

Step 3: Measure 4″ all the way across marking measurements with chalk.

Step 4: Add Fabric tape to where chalk line is all the way across.

Step 5: Remove paper to expose sticky side of tape, fold over fabric edge to create rod loop

Drop Cloth Wreath

How beautiful is this wreath? It's perfect for fall and could certainly take you right through winter.

Now this is fairly simple to make, despite having to cut a lot of drop cloth fabric strips.

Materials to make this are simple...

You’re going to cut lots and lots of strips from your drop cloth (approximately 6-8″in length and about 1/2″ in width). Tie them to your wire wreath form and keep tying until you can’t see the wire wreath anymore.

Can you get any easier than this?

Drop Cloth Rose Pillow

This will give you a beautiful 18×18 pillow cover.

Materials you'll need:

  • 4 x 15 Drop Cloth
  • Pillow from
  • Needle & Thread

Start by cutting 1-inch strips from your canvas. They don’t have to be perfect. The less precise they are, the better. The easiest way to do this is to cut a notch in the fabric and give it a good rip.

You can rip the 4×15 inch drop cloth on the 4 ft length and make about 50 1 inch strips 48 inches long.

To make the roses roll pinch one end of fabric strip and start to wind the fabric around the end.

Keep rolling and twisting your strips around. They don’t have to be perfect, but they do need to be flat so that you can slide a needle through the center to fasten it together.

Although your strips are all the same length, you may end up with different size roses due to how you roll them or how wide you cut the fabric. The trick to get areas that look like petals is to twist your strips as you are rolling them around. The folds are what give the little rosettes most of their texture.

When you’ve completed rolling up your rose, you’re going to pass a needle and thread directly through the center. Do this for a few passes. Turn it over to add additional hand stitching to the back. It only takes a few minutes per flower.

Sewing your roses on to your pillow takes a bit of patience. You need to ensure that they won’t come off in the wash if you plan on ever tossing it into the washing machine.

Start in the center and work your way out, but you can pretty much start anywhere. Just make sure that the sides of your roses are touching and you can’t see the pillow cover.

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