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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)

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 Home 9023 Twist Pins with Clear Heads (10-Piece)
Dritz Home 9023 Twist Pins with Clear Heads (10-Piece)

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)

Have you used canvas drop cloth for anything besides painting?

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    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      6 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 

      7 years ago

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

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      7 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.

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      I used it to line fabric shower curtains to hang on my bedroom windows.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I would love to make some canvas drop cloth curtains. You are really clever with all of your DIY projects. Love your creations and ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love the look of decorating with canvas drop cloth! Looks so clean and 'earthy'. :)

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas! I've seen bed sheets used for curtains but never thought of canvas.

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas as usual. Nicely done.

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      7 years ago

      Painting? Haven't tackled that either! So, I never knew how attractive drop cloths were! Love the curtains and the pillow cover!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I haven't used canvas drop clothes for anything else but love the idea of using them as curtains. With some blackout fabric (for the danged heat here!) they'd be perfect!

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      Pastor Cher 

      7 years ago from United States

      No, this is something new to me.

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      7 years ago

      I've only used canvas drop cloths for painting so far....

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great ideas. Next time I need something for the house, I will think drop cloths.

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      7 years ago

      Yep! I use them as curtains. =) They were a quick and inexpensive way to dress the window when we moved into our half finished house.

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      7 years ago

      No I haven't, but will be doing a painting project on Feb 4th and need to get some drop cloth so I just might make some easy curtains - thanks for the idea!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      P.S. Wonderful lens! Angel blessed, and I'm nominating it for Lens of the Day.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      No, but I'm inspired! Now I just need to find an organic supplier.

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      7 years ago

      enjoyed your selection this morning, thank you.

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      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Perfect! I never thought of this, but I have been wanting some heavy off-white curtains for my bedroom. When I go look at the panels in the department store they are so high. But canvas drop cloths would make perfect curtains! Of course! Can't believe I didn't think of it! You know, you could even paint them or stencil them, and wouldn't that be cute?! Oh my! The possibilities are endless!


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