Make it Monday: DIY drop cloth pillows

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – When it comes to Christmas gifts, millions of people nationwide are turning to DIY options in hopes of keeping the cost down and using their creativity.

In this week’s Make It Monday, we’re showing you how to make a drop cloth pillow.


Wendy Zock of Artisan’s Decorative Accessories and Fine Gifts in Greenville says it’s an easy process and great to personalize.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– drop cloth
– decorative fabric for ruffle
– pillow stuffing
– basic sewing tools

This project can be done by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.

First, get your drop cloth. You can get cheap cloth at a home improvement or tool supply store.

“You’re going to want to wash it one to two times,” said Zock. “If you wash with bleach it will change the color so if you want a lighter color bleach it first.”

Once you have the color you want, cut to the size you want. You’ll want two pieces of cloth at the same size, then cut a smaller portion for the ruffle.

“The next thing you’re going to want to do is create your ruffle,” said Zock.

For this, use a gathering stitch on your decorative fabric. Once done, sew the ruffle on to the smaller portion of the fabric and leave a couple inches of fabric at the top.


“You’re going to want to roll that over so you have a gather pleat. We pin it on each side to keep it even and you’ll want to stitch right along to connect those,” said Zock.

Next, choose where you want your ruffle on your pillow and sew it down. You’ll eventually flip the pillow inside out, so place the ruffle side down first on one of the remaining pieces of cloth.

Next, get the last piece of cloth and place it on top.


“Line up your edges perfectly, tuck that in, and sew along the edges. Leave a three inch opening so you have enough room to flip it inside out and enough room to stuff it,” said Zock.

Cut a little off the corners so your edges are round.


When you’re done, turn it inside out, stuff, sew it closed, and you have yourself the perfect DIY gift. You can make several of these pillows for about $20.

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