This was one of those delightfully surprising projects… the kind that comes out of a late afternoon random idea, involves digging through what I already have, experimenting with my 4 year old, and voila. Just what I wanted for free. Don’t you just love that?
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of drop cloth. My smocked living room curtains, my roman shade in my son’s room, and tons of throw pillows are all made of drop cloth. And these no sew napkins have me singing its praises again!
I love drop cloth’s slightly nubby texture, soft cool color, and price. I have been craving simplicity lately (you moms of older children can tell me… is it something about the madness of the start of school that has been whirling around me at hurricane forces these last few weeks?), and natural, neutral elements.
My first expression of that was my neutral fall decor idea I shared last week, which only inspired me to seek more. So when setting my table the other day, it struck me that washed and dried drop cloth would look lovely with my white plates and woven placemats.
And I’m so pleased to say that they were a breeze to make… and fun, too! Here’s how:
- Begin with pre-washed and dried drop cloth, and remove all hems (drop cloths come pre-hemmed) if you have any.
- To “cut” drop cloth, use scissors to snip a small section (~1″) and then tear the rest of the way (be sure to make your squares ~1″ larger than the actual desired size of your napkin).
- Remove long strings from the edge of the ripped cloth until your desired amount of fringe is showing.
- Trim fringe, if necessary, to make it even.
- Use just a dot of fray check on each corner of the napkin and rub it in with your finger.
The dot of fray check should keep the napkins from unraveling any further, but by putting it only on each corner, it keeps your napkin from becoming stiff. I love how they turned out.
And I’m pleased to say that I had just enough drop cloth scraps in the same color (not all drop cloths match, sadly) to make exactly 10. That’s a
hoarder DIYer for the win!
What do you think?
In what other creative ways have you used drop cloth?
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