This was my question. Every blog I read has mentioned working with dropcloths!!!!! I could not imagine what the big deal was! Well lucky me had a brand new dropcloth from Home Depot still in its package just lying around from the last time I painted my house.
My new question was “what am I going to do with this?” I didn’t want to start off with anything too big or daunting. I have been seeing some very pretty pillows at Home Goods lately and knew immediately what I was going to make! Tearing through my fabric stash I found some very pretty toile. I absolutely LOVE TOILE!!!!!!!! I think that is an incredibly versatile fabric that can be used for many different decors.
So I decided on the fabric but I was really feeling kind of lazy and tired. I didn’t sleep much the night before as I was in a car accident that day and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I am OK but my new car…..not so much! Anyhow, back to the pillow. I cut the dropcloth fabric to the size that I wanted. Then I found the part of the toile I wanted to use and cut out a square.
Since I was being very lazy i decided that I would just cover the raw edges with some black ribbon. I also loved how it gave a nice contrast and added a “frame” to the toile. I used a glue stick and very lightly applied some to the dropcloth material. I “eyeballed” the center and positioned the toile. I placed the ribbon along the edges of the toile and at each corner, made a 90 degree turn. After pinning the ribbon in place I sewed around the perimeter twice….once on the inside edge of the ribbon closest to the toile and then along the outside edge.
To gussy it up a bit I found some paisley fabric and made ruffled edges. I love the way it turned out!!!!! Now it just needs some stuffing and I am done!
I absolutely loved working with the dropcloth material and am already planning some more projects!!!!!