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Canvas Drop Cloth in Home Décor

Updated on September 4, 2014

Decorate a Home with Canvas Drop Cloth

Canvas drop cloth or painters drop cloth as it is often called, is versatile and inexpensive to use in home décor. If you prefer the no-fuss clean look of muslin or natural linen, you'll probably enjoy decorating with canvas drop cloth.

Canvas drop cloth can be purchased in many different sizes. Color can also be added by dying the fabric if preferred. I've used canvas drop cloths in several home décor projects and am inspired all the time by how truly accommodating this product is.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Drop Cloth Pillow
Drop Cloth Pillow

Canvas Drop Cloth Pillows

The smallest piece of canvas drop cloth I purchased was 4 ft x 5 ft. I used this fabric to make several throw pillows for myself and as gifts. Canvas drop cloth is a great fabric choice and is often mistaken for a nice quality linen fabric.

More info on making a pillow similar to the one shown can be found here.

(Photo by Pam Irie)

Paint Essentials 4-Feet x 12-Feet Canvas Drop Cloth HW412
Paint Essentials 4-Feet x 12-Feet Canvas Drop Cloth HW412

Canvas drop cloth is so versatile. What would you make with this piece?

 
Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains
Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains

Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains

Canvas drop cloth curtains like these are an affordable no-brainer window treatment in home décor. Two 9 ft x 12 ft drop cloths were used in this window covering. The dropcloths were simply folded over in half from the center seam to create a curtain panel 9 ft wide x 6 ft. tall.

Simple curtain clips were added at top to complete. (I was able to take advantage of the finished hems which made this a no-sew diy project). :)

(Photo by Pam Irie)

Have you used canvas drop cloth for anything besides painting?

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Just dropped by to take a look at this lens again and get inspiration for a DIY project I'm planning. It's still as good as the first time I saw it!

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      Essentially Ind 4 years ago

      Loved the idea of Canvas Drop Cloth Pillows..............really loved it. :)

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      thegrayrabbit 4 years ago

      With the inspiration of this lens I thought of making canvas draperies for my lower level outdoor deck/patio area. I think this would look great thanks for the idea.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I have a ton of old canvas drop cloths, not all of which are paint-bespeckled, and somehow it never occurred to me to think of using them in crafts or home décor! Love the canvas drop cloth curtains!

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      Waterfront-Properties 4 years ago

      Yes I have. Many times. Think it would be odd if you haven't used one!

    Canvas Drop Cloth Slipcover
    Canvas Drop Cloth Slipcover

    Slipcover Furniture with Canvas Drop Cloth

    I used a 6 ft x 9 ft canvas drop cloth to slipcover this side chair. Sometimes I like it to look very fitted and other times I prefer the more casual look that is pictured.

    For the fitted style slipcover, I use twist pins and some great tips found here. (Yes, it does involve wooden spoons.) :) (Photo by Pam Irie)

    Dritz 9023 Upholstery Clear Heads Twist Pins, 3/4-Inch, 10-Pack
    Dritz 9023 Upholstery Clear Heads Twist Pins, 3/4-Inch, 10-Pack

    To help a slipcover appear more fitted. These are easy to remove when drop cloth slipcover needs to be laundered.

     
    Sewing Canvas Drop Cloth
    Sewing Canvas Drop Cloth

    Making Home Décor with Canvas Drop Cloth

    a few tips!

    1. Always match the sewing machine needle to the fabric being sewn. When using heavy weight fabrics such as canvas drop cloth, a size 18 needle is recommended.

    Regular Point Machine Needles-Size 18 3/Pkg

    2. Use a quality pair of pinking shears to finish seams if needed.

    Fiskars 9-Inch Pinking Shears

    3. Prewash the canvas drop cloth before use in case of shrinkage. When using for no-sew window treatments, remove curtain panels before fully dry and hang immediately to allow for less wrinkling.

    (Photo by Pam Irie)

    Canvas Drop Cloth Bed Skirt
    Canvas Drop Cloth Bed Skirt

    Canvas Drop Cloth Bed Skirt

    We needed an extra long bed skirt to cover the bed risers used to create extra storage space in our bedroom. I made this extra-tall tailored bed skirt out of one canvas drop cloth. It was very affordable, really easy to do and I think it looks great.

    (Photo by Pam Irie)


    Slipcovers......have you used them before?

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        Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        I have never had much success making slipcovers look good. I think I need fitted ones in order to be happy with them.

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        Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

        These look very nice!

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        Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

        I love the looks of canvas slipcovers. I need to make a slipcover for my couch now that I have so many critters around the house.

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        Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

        Looks like I've missed out on a lot of opportunities with drop cloths. Your projects look very nice.

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        bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

        I haven't. My great aunt was a genius with them, though, and made her own fitted patterns that looked as though the items had been reupholstered, with piping and everything. Sadly, that genetic material skipped my generation.

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        Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

        Yes, to cover furniture from the pets.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        How unique that the very durable canvas drop cloth has been transformed into lovely décor!

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        Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

        We had them throughout my childhood, and I admit I hated them. They always looked disheveled. I wanted clean lines. I do plan to check out your tips for keeping them tidy, though, because I doubt we will be buying new furniture at our age, and slipcovers may one day be a necessity.

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        Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        Another great idea! Although I would love to have some fitted canvas slipcovers for my living room furniture, this would probably work for making do until I can get what I really want. Again, a most economical solution since I would have paid around $200 to get the slipcovers at the store that are just plain stretchy beige things. Blech!

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