dil·i·gence:careful and persistent work or effort

Proverbs 13: 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Behold the Mighty Drop Cloth

Have I mentioned my love for the Mighty Drop Cloth?

No, not just any drop cloth, but the pre-hemmed, fabric ones you can get from the home improvement stores.  I read about the drop cloth curtain rage that is all over the interwebs several months ago (yes, I am perpetually late on these things), and I immediately knew I needed to try my hand at this.  We have a large picture window in our living room, and I like to have several sets of curtains hung high and wide that I can change out with the seasons my moods.  I've got the light weight, white cotton set from Ikea that we use in the summer months, and the heavier, darker set for winter, but I knew a neutral pair of drop cloth curtains would be juuuust right (said in Goldilocks fashion) for the transitional seasons.

So, I marched right down to my local HD, and picked up 2 6' x 9', pre-hemmed drop cloths for 10 bucks a pop. 

The first thing I noticed was that the drop clothes are actually not 6' x 9'.  They're really only 5'9" x 8'9".   This wasn't an issue for my project, but it's a good thing to know depending on what you're using the drop cloth for.  Secondly, I noticed that the first two I grabbed were very different in color.  Almost like they were from totally different lots.  No biggie- a little digging, and I found two that were pretty similar.

So, once I got these babies home and ran them through a quick wash and dry, it took me about 10 minutes to have them hanging and done.  Remember- my hardware was already hanging, so I determined how long I wanted them, and folded the extra over- unfinished side out- and ironed.  Oddly, the hem and wrong side make a lovely header from which to clip your little ringie things.

 And, that's it, folks.  Your curtains are done-zo!  Stand back and admire your hard work.

I know those pictures aren't the best, but they were pre-painting of the book cases, and even pre-blog, so I was really just taking them for my own records.  Here's a better picture that shows how finished the curtains look in the room.
But, it doesn't stop there, folks.  There are a million other things you can do with your Mighty Drop Cloth!

Behold the drop cloth pillow,

the drop cloth table runner,

 the drop cloth napkin,

and, the drop cloth remnant turned table cloth.

I made all of those from one extra drop cloth.  You never know where a drop cloth will turn up in this house, and at 10 bucks a pop, the price is definitely right!



PS.  Um, this blogging thing around Christmas time is HARD.  I am doing tons of crafting and creating, but I cannot blog about it, because it's for gifts.  Gifts for people (the ONLY people) who read my blog.  Haha!  So, I'm doing my best to not drop off the face of the blog world.  Fingers crossed.


  1. The following is from Naomi:

    "C'mon, tell me, Aunt Emily! I don't like surprises! Go ahead, blog it!"

    The following is from Eden:

    "I can take a surprise, but I don't like them. Spit it out!!!"

    The following is from Leah:

    "C'mon, tell us, Aunt Emily! C'mon!"

    I, however, do not share their sentiments, and August has just announced that he has nothing to say.

  2. And the award for Best Blog Comment Ever goes to...

    Anonymous on November 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm!!

    Seriously, guys- that was hilarious. You made this Aunt's day! Maybe I'll get Colin to take an eyeball bender type photo and post that. Ask your mom what an eyeball bender is. :)

  3. I'm reading! and also can't wait to see the crafts=)