{DIY Ruffled Drop Cloth}

Hello, everyone at Craft-o-manic!  I’m Nicole from Thrifty Decorating and I’m excited to share with you a frugal way to decorate with drop cloth….I’ve really been enjoying using this inexpensive material 

and decided to make a table runner with it!

You will need a length of drop cloth and some coordinating fabric.  I bought 1/4 yard of each color, 

but used less.  (Ignore the tan fabric….I’m not sure how that jumped into the picture!)

You do not necessarily need a sewing machine for the next step.  I’ve

been know to use hot glue to finish edges!

To finish the edges….

Fold the side seam over 1/4 inch and iron a crease. (#1)  Fold it over again (#2) and iron another crease. (#3)  At this point, you can sew that seam or hot glue it! (#4)

I then decided how wide I wanted my ruffles and cut a strip of coordinating fabric.

I am definitely not the sewing contributor because I don’t measure anything!!

I eye-balled a straight line and threw in some pins to mark where to put the ruffles.

It is super easy to make these ruffles…..I just fold the fabric back and forth
and sew over it…no measuring, all eye-balling!

When I got to the end of the ruffle, I folded the piece of fabric under and
sewed right over the end the make it look like a “finished” edge.

The possibilities for this type of table runner are endless!  You can do strips of red, white 

and blue for summer or red and green for Christmas.  I’ve also used fabric sewn on burlap!

The total cost was easily under $5. I’m not sure of the exact cost because I
used scraps of drop cloth leftover from my slipcovered chair.  

I just love that it’s an inexpensive way to get a very custom look for your home!

If you like the candlesticks, you can find the tutorial HERE.  They were made 

from pieces from the Goodwill!  (and please excuse my wrinkles….I took the table runner

off the table during our dinner get-together and it got wrinkled….)

I love finding inexpensive ways to make your home a beautiful place!

so VERY CUTE NICOLE, thank you for sharing this simple decorating tip. Its PERFECT! winks, jen



  1. I love it, the green & yellow are perfect for spring and it’s easy enough that even I can do it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love drop clothes, but I really love the splashes of color you added to yours! So pretty.

  3. I love that! I can easily do this at home. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh my gosh that is stinking CUTE! Love those sweet little ruffles =)

  5. Love this so cute with the ruffles, plus the drop cloth makes it so durable.

  6. Cute and simple Nicole! And way to admit you’re not the sewing expert 🙂 I always have wrinkles too, I hate getting out the iron!

    I like how you put the ruffles at the end, and not straight down the middle because then plates wouldn’t lay flat when you actually dine there.

  7. Thanks so much everyone! 🙂 I was afraid that no one would like it!! Your sweet comments are AWESOME!

  8. So cute!! The yellow and green fabric looks fabulous and I always love ruffles!!

  9. This is so beautiful! I wish I had a nice table I could make this for! I absolutely love the Spring colors!

  10. That’s such a great idea to add a splash of color to the table!

  11. Beautiful. Love Spring colors!

  12. To make all this you should have a creative mind as Jen have. Such a nice use of cloth.

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  13. Love the colors you chose so pretty on your table

  14. So cute and Springy! I love it! What a cute idea…

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