Monday, April 13, 2015

Phase 1 of my drop cloth bedspread

I started gathering all my stuff together to make my bedspread on Saturday, but before I go forward with any sewing project, I have to draw it out. I'm a visual person. And I never use a pattern.

I am going to try to explain how I did this.  If I sound a little elementary here, it's because I want you to understand what I'm doing. It's hard to write out directions for people to understand, especially if you are a visual person like me who does better with a picture:)

So I took all my measurements that I'll need and wrote them down along with my drawing. I needed approx. 77" x 79" for the top, but since my drop cloth was only 60" wide, I needed to add more fabric to have enough for the top of the bedspread. So I cut one piece 51"x79" and two 12" x 79" pieces ( plus a couple inches for seam allowance) and sewed one on both sides. Now I had a piece that measured 77" x 79". Drop cloths have seams down the middle and I didn't want a seam running down the center of my bed, so I have two less conspicuous seams running on both sides (I did not have that drawn on my paper instructions).

Then I needed to cut enough fabric to make the skirt. To get a full skirt I took the length (79") and multiplied that by 2 1/2 times so I had about 200" total on all three sides to gather. I had to sew two pieces of fabric together to get about 200" long x 36" tall. Yes, the skirt is 36" long (another reason why I couldn't find anything ready-made!) I have a high bed:)

So I cut three strips that size to gather and sew to the top. 

Before Getting ready to gather, I take the long strips and fold them in half, use a fabric pencil to mark the middle of that long piece of fabric. I do this because it gives me a guide to gather the fabric too, I pull fabric from one side to this mark, then I pull from the other side to that mark. It's just a lot easier than pulling the thread through 200" of fabric without breaking the thread. You DO NOT want to break the thread!!

Let me just add that some people have a gatherer on their machines that does this tedious work for you:) but, it is therapeutic for me if I can take my time.

Sew two rows of wide stitches that you will use to gather your fabric. Make sure you don't cross over your lines or you won't be able to pull the strings through.

Here's my mark in the center of my long fabric strip

These are the two threads that I will pull to gather my fabric. 

So far, so good:)

To be continued..........


  1. Wow...looks like you and I both had a very busy and productive day yesterday! I didn't take pictures of the first half of cupcakes, but will once I have all of them baked. Anyway; the spread looks great so far. I imagine that drop cloth won't shrink when washed? I'm amazed how much it looks like linen close up, but probably won't wrinkle as badly. Cannot wait to see the finished product!

    1. Good point Nancy, I will add in my next post that I washed the drop cloths in hot water twice and dried them in a hot dryer before starting. Thanks for reminding me, it's pretty important!! I've been busy over at my daughters house watching the kids so I haven't been able to work on it for two days, but.........the next three days are mine, and Rick is gone for two of them! I hope I can get it done:) Wrinkling was one issue I had when I was trying to find fabric, that's why I had my heart set on linen, I love the look of wrinkled linen. Osnaberg would have been too lightweight and would be super wrinkly when washed. I do not want to iron all this fabric every time I wash it. I did not iron the drop cloths before starting, the fabric is so heavy that it pulls the wrinkles out. But even if it didn't, it looks surprisingly like linen when it's wrinkled:)


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