I gave a hint in my last laundry room post about an update I was adding to the new counter top. Just a reminder, here is the new countertop and the post showing the before is here. If you guessed a skirt you were right!
I wanted to hide the laundry cart and make this area look a little prettier. I’ve always liked skirted tables, counters, etc., so knew I would incorporate that in here somehow. I decided to use drop cloth. I picked some up at Lowe’s. This particular one is soft feeling to begin with, but I did wash it anyway. It was $5.98 for a 4 ft. x 5 ft. drop cloth. I bought two because I can use the left over drop cloth for other projects.
I decided to use a tension rod so I could easily remove it if needed. I cut the drop cloth to size (from the floor to the clip of the clip ring) and added a ruffle to the top. Then used clip rings to hang it from the tension rod. I already had the tension rod and clip rings so I saved some money there.
I cut the drop cloth so that one of the finished edges would be the bottom and measured up from the floor to the clip ring which gave me 32 1/2 inches (I added a half inch for the seam allowance in adding the ruffle so cut it at 33 inches).
I used about 15 inches in width from a second drop cloth to give me the width I was looking for (about 66 inches wide). The opening is 33 inches wide. The ruffle was cut with a 6 1/2 inch drop and this piece also had the finished edge that came already sewn on the drop cloth. I made that the bottom. I cut the full width of both drop cloths with the 6 1/2 inch drop, and gave myself 112 inches of fabric to make the ruffle (sewing the two pieces together first for that extra long piece).
I attached the ruffle to the wrong side and then flipped it over to the showing side. This gave it a finished look to the top. I did pin it first to make sure this was going to turn out correctly. Better to take the time to make sure than have to rip stitching out! I ruffle as I sew, which works for me.
Now I have a pretty way to hide the cart holding the dirty laundry, yet it is still easily accessible.
You can make a project like this easier on yourself if you can take advantage of the finished (sewn) edges already on the drop cloth. I did with the bottom of the skirt, the bottom of the ruffle, and the two sides.
I’m loving the flirty ruffle and the sturdiness of the drop cloth fabric!
*If you have any questions about how I made this, you’re better off sending me an email directly (kpassarette(at)yahoo(dot)com) rather than asking in comments. I don’t always get the comments in my email because of whatever has been up with Blogger for the past six months and so I can’t reply.
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