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Saturday, October 29, 2011

ten projects in twenty days: drop cloth table runner


Project Ten!!!  Woot woot!

OK, I'm cheating here just a little.  I've had this runner for a while, but never got around to taking pictures and doing a post. 

I was late jumping on the drop cloth bandwagon:  my dropcloth curtains went up about 6 months ago.  I love them, but there's a LOT of beige in my house, so I'm trying to figure out how to add some color.  Any suggestions?

In the meantime, I made this cute little table runner out of an extra dropcloth I had.  I love love love table runners, but rarely get to use them, as tables in my house are used for homework and crafts and eating.  A runner just seems to get in the way.

 

Anywhooo...this was a pretty simple project.  I cut down the middle of my 6x9 dropcloth - which gave me one hemmed edge.  That way, I only had to hem one edge.  I had originally intended to make the ends "ruffled," but I find pleats so much easier to handle.




That flower vase was a Goodwill score for $3!  Those flowers didn't last long in the vase, though, because the water started to seep through the sides of the vase.  So this will be a fake/dried flower vase from now on.  I just love the crackling.  It always makes me think about where this vase has been, and who might have loved it in the past.  How did they use it?  Why did they donate it?  I hope that they loved it as much as I do.



So...what have you been crafting and thrifting lately?

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21 comments:

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Wow Maggie, I love your fun blog. Your 10 projects in 20 days is a great idea and I love all of the great things you've managed to accomplish. I guess I need to figure out a way to get some of my UFO's done (UnFinishedObjects). I'm going to have to try some of your cute ideas.

Have a great week,
Judy

PeggyJean said...

I love this runner. the simplicity is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

I love the drop cloth runner -- and, especially, the box pleat. I, too, love to craft things from drop cloths; you can't beat the price per yard!

Abby said...

So simple and pretty! I like the pleated ends.

redfly said...

Great blog! Fun to see all those projects.

I became a follower so I can keep up on all of them.

If you get a chance sometime you'll have to stop by my blog.

Melissa
reflycreations.blogspot.com

michele said...

love it!

found your post via tuesday's treasures and would love to have you visit and follow if you like what you see.

www.hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

warmly.

michele

SavannahGranny said...

Love the runner. I think I like the pleats better than ruffles. Good job and Kudos to you.
I am a new follower. Please come by for a visit. Maybe you will follow me as well. Ginger

Barbara said...

So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the simple beauty of it. Nice job.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

You are so right, it's so much easier to pleat dropcloth fabric than to gather it. This one looks great--I use runners on coffee tables and side tables, too, if you'd be able to manage that.

Heaven's Walk said...

Love that runner, Maggie! Great job! Would you share how you made your pleats.....for sewing rookies like me....? :)

xoox laurie

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I like the pleats much better than ruffles! What a great idea!

Janette - The2Seasons said...

I had our rec room sofa reupholstered in a painter's drop cloth, and the lady who did it said it was her most favorite upholstery project ever. I have left overs that I can make a runner with. Thanks for the tip.

claudia b said...

I really like this idea, I have a couple of off white curtains I need to upcycle ;D You know, you could also stick a cup or mason jar inside the pitcher and put the flowers in that.

Judy said...

I just love your runner. I have drop cloth left over from an upholstery project I did a while back. I think I'll make it into a runner as well. Great look. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to drop by and say hi and consider following me back as well. I am off to check out some of your other projects. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

Butterbean Row said...

What a great idea! I love it. You could put a pretty bowl of colorful fruit, real or not, on your table to give it color.

Charlotte

Babs said...

Your table runner looks so good I'm going to the home improvement store to buy a drop cloth to make one. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a good weekend.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your table runner is so nice with the pleats! You have been a really busy gal setting a goal of 10 projects in 20 days! I have been looking at them & thinking I should set a goal like you have. You are an inspiration!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! I hope you will make it a weekly stop. I have just become a friend and follower and hope you will too!

Inspire Me Heather said...

It does look lovely - nice job on your table runner!

Jackie said...

I love the table runner. Very simple and beautiful.

gail said...

your table runner is gorgeous! I love drop cloths !!!
gail