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Hey y’all…today’s post is super fun! We are big fans of drop cloths. You know…the kind you find in the paint supply department. Well, did you know that you could use them for things other than catching paint drips and spills? We have personally used them as tablecloths, table runners, vanity seat covers and more. Today we will show you how we created a drop cloth farmer’s market tote bag.
Our tried and true, all-time favorite drop cloth is from Ace Hardware. This isn’t a sponsored post…we just really love their drop cloths. This one set us back $8.00. It is a lot of fabric – a little over 3 yards. We were able to make three large tote bags and one large pillow cover and we still have a lot left over for future projects.
We have purchased a lot of drop cloths over the years. Some can be very pricey…and then when you get them home they are dirty and have holes in them or the seams aren’t sewn together. We aren’t kidding. And we are left wondering, what happened before it was packaged? All of this is to say that we have never been disappointed with the Ace cloth…ever. (This post contains affiliate links.)
It starts out as a thick canvas that we call oatmeal colored. We prefer to take the color of our cloth from this…
Beautifully soft and creamy white. Now, we know you are wondering how we got it too look this way. We use a bleach bath method. After lots of trial and error over the years, this is the ONLY way we bleach our drop cloths. Other methods produced splotchy color and disappointment. Here’s what you need:
Here’s the steps we took to make our farmer’s market tote bags…
- Purchase Ace Hardware drop cloth – you can find one similar here
- Remove drop cloth from packaging
- Give drop cloth a bleach bath and dry
- Lay drop cloth on flat surface
- Cut to desired size. We cut ours 20 inches square.
- Use Lesley Riley’s transfer paper – you can purchase the transfer paper here
- Print out your chosen artwork and graphics onto transfer paper and iron onto bag *See Below*
- Use vintage or old belts as bag strap handle
- Hand sew into place
We let the drop cloth do some of the work for us. The drop cloth has a stitched finished edge. We use this portion as our bag opening.
With right sides together, we sewed three edges closed using a 3/4″ seam allowance. The bottom seam was sewn twice for a stronger edge to hold the weight of our market purchases.
To add the belt strap, we cut each end of the leather.
We hand sewed the belt strap onto the bag using 6-strand embroidery thread. One end already has holes which makes for easy sewing.
Using our scissors we made a whole on the buckle end of the leather. We also trimmed the ends of the leather on both sides.
Look at how cute our completed drop cloth farmer’s market tote bags are:
We really love how vintage the graphics and and artwork look on the canvas.
Love this pig!
How fabulous is this turquoise barn?
At the last minute we decided to add a rudimentary stitched pocket to the back of the bag. It’s perfect for our phone, keys and money.
We really hope that y’all consider a drop cloth project. It is fun, inexpensive, easy and most importantly looks great – no matter what you do! We would love to see your projects when you are done..we love it when you share!
XO~Vicki and Jenn
We’ve done the hard work for you 🙂 Here’s our artwork and graphics.
Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Pinterest board…
You can see other drop cloth projects HERE.