Dropcloth Pillows

 I have always enjoyed sewing, but for some reason, am really lazy when it comes to getting my sewing machine out.  It really only takes seconds to get it out, but for some reason, I rarely do it.  Well, this week, I challenged myself to get it out and sew some pillows.  Not ordinary pillows, though…dropcloth pillows!  Hmmm?  Dropcloth pillows?  Ummm…you have no idea how gorgeous they can be.  I have been fawning over Linda’s pillows for months.  Her blog, It All Started With Paint, is one of my favorites…a must read!  So, anyhoo…I decided to try to make my own.  Actually, I made three, but the third one…not so cute.
This is the pillow that I had envisioned.  Simple, floral, and completely different than anyone else’s pillow.   I started by sewing two squares of dropcloth together on 3 sides, then flipped it right side out. Next, I took a really long, thin strip of the dropcloth and sewed a ruffle…this took an incredibly long time to pull together, but it was so worth it!  Then, I hand stitched it onto the pillow case.  To finish the middle, I made a rolled flower rosette and hot glued it right in the center.  I slipped an old throw pillow in the case and sewed the bottom of the pillow together with my machine, and that was it.  I am certain that there is a better way to close the pillow, but I am all about easy, instant gratification.
Now, pillow number two…I love it as much as pillow number one now that it’s finished.  It’s the first thing I have ever stenciled…I know, I’m a little slow on the uptake over here, but now I may become a stenciling fool!  Watch out!  Well, I love yellow…like really, really love yellow.  Yellow is the color of sunshine after all, and who doesn’t love a little sunshine?  I made two ruffles and sewed them onto the pillow case, then I stenciled JAUNE…which is french for yellow.  I don’t speak french or anything, I just saw it somewhere and thought, I like that!  Adorable, huh?
Now, time for a little secret…
The only thing that I didn’t love about using dropcloth…it frays.  I had little strings all over myself and the floor, so I tried a little something…I dabbed all of the frayed edges with Mod Podge.
It sealed the edges perfectly, and dried clear.  I left some of the frays, because I love the look, but if you feel the edges, you can tell…they will fray no more!
So, do you have something that you have been dying to do, but haven’t tried yet?

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  1. says

    Oh Yes- Drop Cloth Girl– YOU ROCK!! These are so adorable. WOW! You really did it..love the rosette …and YOU Stenciled!! They look great Jess!

  2. says

    Your pillows are adorable! (Love your little gossip bench, too). Thanks for that mod podge tip… that will be good to try and remember!

  3. says

    These are gorgeous! I just adore the drop cloth with the pop of yellow!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  4. says

    Love your pillows! I’m not normally a rosette kind of person, but with the fraying, they really look great!

  5. says

    I love your pillows. I want one with a rosette! Great idea with the Mod Podge to keep the end from fraying anymore! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  6. says

    What a clever idea of using Drop Cloth for sewing these cute pillows. The Mod Podge technique to prevent fraying is awesome. Love the blue corner table. Thanks for sharing…

  7. says

    Great idea to use Mod Podge to keep it from fraying any further.
    Cute blog. New Follower.

  8. says

    What beautiful pillows, they look fantastic! And love that mod podge tip!!!!! Thanks!!!!

  9. says

    I would love to invite you to share this on Saturday Show and Tell: (www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-20/). I know that my readers would appreciate this and some of your other posts. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  10. says

    These both look awesome!! I think I am particularly smitten by the flower one {and I love that blue bench!} Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I’ll be featuring these tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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