Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Little Drop Cloth Magic

To be perfectly honest, I have found this whole painter's drop cloth upholstery phenomenon a little hard to get!    When all these amazing transformations first began to appear in blogland I was a little dubious.  Painter's drop cloth?   Hmm......    The only painter's drop cloths I could find were at my local Bunnings store.  They were a dirty grey in colour and looked to be coated in some shiny waterproofing stuff.   Hardly the type of  fabric that I would want adorning my chairs and windows.

However persistence has paid off and a couple of weeks ago whilst checking out paint in another hardware store I stumbled across these little gems - "RotaCota" drop cloths.    Now I get it!    These are going to revolutionise my decorating.

First project to get the RotaCota decorating treatment - my rattan dining room chairs.  See those six chairs just behind where  Dixie Chick is sitting.

No patterns or templates here - I just simply draped the drop cloth over the front of the chair and started pinning.    In fact my entire approach to this project was to pin - cut - sew!  The beauty of these drop cloths is that there is just SO much fabric.  If something is not right - well it's just simply a matter of cutting off another piece.  

Once I was happy with the pinning - I then cut off all the surplus fabric and then sewed along the pin line (removing the pins as I went!)  The one thing I found with this project was there was an awful lot of slipping  off and slipping on.   This certainly helped with getting a good fit.

Then came the seat.   To help secure the seat to the base of the chair and stop it riding up every time anyone sat on it - I made a little trim which fitted nice and snug around the chair.  Again, more pinning/trimming and sewing. 

See how I secured the trim at the back.  That upholstered seat wasn't going anywhere!

Next up was the skirt.   I decided to go for a  tailored look and took deep pleats at each corner.   I then pinned the skirt to the seat to make sure it was the right length.

Off  with the cover again for some more sewing. 

Turn it right side out ( don't forget to remove ALL the pins) and voila!

All finished!

Yes, I'm quietly happy with the way this little project has turned out.

Can't wait to get started on my next RotaCota project!

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  1. OMG!! Sharyne, these are absolutely stunning! Well done you!! ~ xx

  2. Just stunning you did a fantastic job. Sandy x

  3. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWOW!!!!!! Sharyne, that's the best painters drop cloth project I've ever seen! They look amazing. You must be so good at sewing. I've got a few drop cloths that I use as table clothes for our outdoor table - love them!
    I can't wait to see your next project.

  4. I just discovered your lovely blog. I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I'm just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty. and one on everything coastal
    I had a lot of fun putting them together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  5. They look very smart and really professional. Good job!

  6. Wow- you are such a clever seamstress!! I've had visions of making covers for our dining chairs for a while but don't know how/where to start - not sure if I'm experienced enough with sewing. Your covers looks fantastic!

  7. Simply gorgeous! Now you just need to move over my way so that you can make some for me!

    Kat :)

  8. Your slipcovers looks amazing! You did such a great job on them. I have never made slipcovers for chairs before, but you make it so easy that I will have to give it a try :)

    Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comment about my grain sack slipcover and shop.


  9. Your covers look amazing, very VERY professional!
    I'm here from A-M's blog and will definitely be coming back.

  10. That's fantastic! Can you do my chairs now? :-)

  11. Where did you find those cloths? I'm in SE QLD and am struggling to find any good cloths.


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