Originally posted 2012-06-15 08:00:16.
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!
- Canvas fabric
- Non-slip rug backing (<– affiliate link!)
- 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.)
Press an approximate 1/2″ hem on all four sides. Then fold over 1″ and press again on all four sides.
Cut the rug backing slightly smaller than the “hemmed” rectangle.
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…
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!
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!)
I started with the largest circle, a large dauber, and the Arrowhead paint.
I used the smaller circle and Beach Glass paint next…
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.
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!