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April 23, 2013

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diy | canvas drop cloth table runner

I mentioned on Twitter that I had a new obsession…canvas drop cloths! They’re available at almost any hardware store (and online) and they come in a variety of sizes and neutrals. The 9 x 12 canvas was about $20, and after a few projects, I’ve hardly made a dent. Definitely a great buy!

For last week’s Mother’s Day Brunch, I made several rustic canvas table runners. I ran them across the width of the table, and used them almost like placemats. They were the perfect addition of texture and really helped achieve the neutral layered look I was going for. Pictures coming soon!

Here are the steps to create these simple, no-sew table runners!

1 // Gather these supplies: scissors, tape measure, pencil, canvas drop cloth.
2 // Measure out the width and length of the runner. For width, I measured and cut mine at 16″ and then frayed about 1/4″ on each side, so the final width is about 15″. For length, this will depend on the length of your table and how much of an overhang you want.
3 // Cut along your lines.
4 // Fray the edges.

I told you it was simple! And, if you don’t want the rustic, frayed edges, you could easily use no-sew tape (I used that with the canvas for an upcoming DIY; it works well) to finish off the seams.

I have a few more canvas drop cloth DIYs planned…can’t wait to share them with you all!

  1. JCS says:

    yay for canvas drop cloth! it does tend to keep on fraying if you pop it in the wash – but it isn't hard to re-fray. it also makes a great paintable surface if you (hot)glue it to wooden squares!

    • Rebecca says:

      Ah, love the idea of gluing to wooden squares 🙂 To help against tons of fraying, I actually just hand washed them in the sink, which seemed to be super gentle and didn't cause more fraying!

  2. Heather says:

    These are lovely! I wish I could have a Mother's Day brunch with my mom and actually use these with her, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind if a little package of drop cloths arrived in the mail. 🙂

    Thanks for the idea! x

  3. Mat says:

    We have the same scissors, I was told they were traditional Chinese balloons scissors. Can you shed any light on this?

  4. I love it and the frayed edge! Super cute tablerunner!

  5. Lovely project! Can also see these with quaint hand-stamped graphics here and there.

  6. dishtell.com says:

    I like this a lot. So simple and lovely.

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  7. kristhud says:

    You did great log, it's really looking very nice, many thanks for sharing this unique idea..

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  8. This is a great project, Rebecca! If you don't mind, I'll put it in my blog translated in Italian with a link back to your wonderful blog.
    Your photos are great. Congratulations!

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    How do you fray the edges?

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