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How to Make a Canvas Floor Cloth…

How to Make a Canvas Floor Cloth

Making a custom floor cloth to reflect your style isn’t hard! Its very inexpensive, too, using regular canvas fabric and non-slip rug backing! Let me show you how easy it is to make a canvas floor cloth, then stencil it to give it a bit of style!

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Materials:

  • Canvas fabric
  • Non-slip rug backing
  • Scissors
  • Iron & board
  • Sewing machine
  • Paint & stencils
  • Scotchguard or other water repellant

Cut the canvas into the size desired.  (3/4 of a yard of 60″ wide canvas will make two floor cloths.)

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Press an approximate 1/2″ hem on all four sides. Then fold over 1″ and press again on all four sides.

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Cut the rug backing slightly smaller than the “hemmed” rectangle.

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Place the rug backing under the hems on the floor cloth. I bought this online by the yard several years ago. I can’t remember why I thought I needed so much…

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Using a long stitch (I used 3.5) stitch the hems down around the entire cloth. Don’t get too close to the edge – the machine foot will stick to the rug backing unless you’re using a Teflon foot!

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Now you have a “blank canvas” – no pun intended! Determine the stencil placement and fill in with paint. I used Martha Stewart Crafts stencil in Arabesque and Martha Stewart Crafts paint in Arrowhead, Beach Glass, and Acorn. (I’ve never been a huge fan of Martha Stewart but I really love the paint!)

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I started with the largest circle, a large dauber, and the Arrowhead paint.

 

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I used the smaller circle and Beach Glass paint next…

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Then used the Acorn paint with the smaller circle. Let it dry completely and apply a coat of Scotch-Guard or another type of water repellant.

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Now I’m not sure I really want to wipe my feet on it because it came out so pretty! The same technique can be used to make a larger rug, as well! Have any questions about how to make a canvas floor cloth? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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6 comments… add one

  • tbrenno
    March 14, 2013, 10:45 am Reply

    can you use permanenet markers to decorate a floor cloth?

    • CherTexter
      March 14, 2013, 3:34 pm Reply

      I don’t see why not… I think Sharpie makes fabric markers now although I haven’t tried them! Thanks for stopping by!

  • gym Flooring
    March 22, 2013, 8:27 am Reply

    It has been quite informative content about making canvas floor cloth. I like to read your blog and thanks for your suggestion and tricks about making canvas floor.

    • CherTexter
      March 22, 2013, 9:06 am Reply

      Thank you very much! Stop by again soon!!

  • Gutter repairs rochester
    August 26, 2013, 2:30 pm Reply

    Thanks for the such a useful and informative post..

    • CherTexter
      August 28, 2013, 7:34 pm Reply

      Thank you for stopping by!

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