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How to Make a Floorcloth with Fabric

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made with Fabric | Outdoor fabric works great with an outdoor backing to drop color on the floor | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com
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Floorcloth ????  What on earth is that?

These are questions I heard from my family as tarps and fabric were sprawled from the front door to the dining room.  But what they didn’t know is that the madness had a method.  πŸ™‚

And the method resulted in a floorcloth that will drop bright colors to the patio floor by overlaying a neutral (AKA drab) area rug.

But only for the summer.

I got this wild idea when I spied this awesome fabric on clearance earlier in the year.  It’s the kind of fabric that covers outdoor cushions and is literally called “outdoor fabric.”  It’s heavier than most fabric and has a protective coating that is water repellant.  But more on this in just a minute.  

For first, let me explain why I choose to go this way with the color.  You see, I have a neutral rug that looks super cool in the fall with throws and pillows that are covered in heavier fabrics. It’s the perfect color and I really didn’t want to make a change.

Coffee Table Makeover in White Chalk Paint with Indoor/Outdoor Three-Way Function| The Chelsea Project| www.thechelseaproject

So in order to use the same rug, but have a pop of summer color on the floor, I decided to simply layer a floorcloth over the rug.  I thought the flexibility of going summer to fall would work great for us since we get to fully enjoy all four seasons.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made from Fabric | Outdoor fabric is backed and bound | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And thankfully, I did manage to carry one color through to both seasons.  Aqua.  My beloved aqua.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made with Fabric | Outdoor fabric works great with an outdoor backing to drop color on the floor | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And with this said, here’s how I made it happen.

Floorcloth Step 1:

Gather outdoor fabric, a tarp from the paint section of the home improvement store, duct tape, and spray adhesive. If you think you may want to polycoat the final product, then grab some polycoat (spray-on or brush), too.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth | Cloth, Tarp, Duct tape, and Adhesive | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Floorcloth Step 2:

  1.  Lay out the fabric and make sure the cut is straight across both ends.  If not, then it will need to be cut straight.  This is called squaring the fabric.  If more info on this is needed, click here for the detailed post I wrote about it.
  2. Once the fabric is squared on both ends, lay the fabric over the tarp.  I also cut off the edges and smoothed out the wrinkles on the tarp.
  3. Then the fabric was secured to the tarp at one end with tape.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth | Secure Cloth to the Tarp | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Floorcloth Step 3:

Spray the adhesive on the tarp and immediately smooth the fabric to contact and adhere to the tarp.  The trick is to only spray and stick small sections at a time.  I creeped across the tarp about a square foot at a time.  Notice, too, the wrinkles in the tarp.  These must be smoothed out as the fabric is adhered.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth from Fabric | Use adhesive to stick backing to cloth | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Floorcloth Step 4:

Once the fabric is adhered to the tarp, the excess tarp may be cut away from all four edges of the fabric.  Note, to protect the floor, a blue tarp is under both the fabric and the tarp used as the backing.  At the very bottom of the photo (below), the cutting away of the backing tarp is pictured.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth from Fabric | Cut the excess backing away from the fabric | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Floorcloth Step 5:  

Duct tape was added around the edges to bind the floorcloth.  Notice the duct tape is layed-out on the floor sticky side up.  Then the fabric/backing combo is pulled to the middle of the duct tape and pressed to the tape.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made with Fabric | Bind the sides with Duct tape | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Half of the tape was adhered to the backside and the other half was adhered to the topside.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made from Fabric | Duct tape binds the sides | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The result is a floorcloth that measures 76-inches long and 56-inches wide.  I used two yards of fabric.  And the floorcloth will layer over an 8-foot by 10-foot rug.  

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made with Outdoor Fabric | Outdoor fabric makes a colorful floorcloth in any shape or size | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

In the month of July, the DIY Furniture Girls Challenge Theme is Outdoor.  This means one big outdoor project is underway.  The floorcloth is the first piece.  I guess you could say that I’m building from the bottom up……LOL.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made with Fabric | Outdoor fabric is backed to make a 76" long by 57" wide floorcloth | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But for now, two additional thoughts.  One, the wrinkles in the tarp are beginning to fully relax.  I believe that by the time the floorcloth is staged at the end of the month, it will be totally wrinkle free.  And two, if outdoor fabric is used, additional poly coat may not be needed.  However, I did brush one coat of polycoat on the top of the fabric after the floorcloth was assembled. I’ll let you know how this works out.

Indoor/Outdoor Floorcloth Made with Outdoor Fabric | Outdoor fabric combines with outdoor backing for a bright color drop on the patio | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

I do hope you will follow along with this month’s outdoor projects.  In the meantime, if you’d like to see more about how the white table was refinished, the link is right below this photo.

Easy DIY Floorcloth from Outdoor Fabric | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Click here for info about how to refinish the table

Coffee Table Makeover in White Chalk Paint with Three-Way Function | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

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23 Comments

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 July 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    This is fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Thanks, Debra. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Michelle James July 6, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Beautiful! As always. You and your projects are amazing!!I love the outdoor fabric. I just used it on a project myself. I can’t wait to see the outdoor space in future posts.

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 6, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Michelle. I must hop over today and get caught up on all your new posts. Looking so forward to seing your ottoman.

  • Reply Carolann July 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Wow, I love it! What a creative way to perk up your floor space. The pop of color is stunning! I’d love to try something like this. You are always so inspiring! xo

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Carolann… You are so gracious. Thank you!

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista July 6, 2016 at 11:06 am

    This is such a fabulous idea and excellent way to get a custom outdoor rug – love it! I’m swooning over the outdoor fabric you chose for your rug. Excellent tutorial too btw – pinning to share πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      LOL…..thanks Marie…you are just too sweet for words. XO

  • Reply kellie July 6, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Susie, you are a genius!!! I love this! You have inspired me to try it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Kellie… Let me know how it turns out..

  • Reply kellienh July 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Oh and thank you so much for linking this up to our Waste not Wednesday party!!!

  • Reply janetvlt July 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I can’t wait to hear how this works out. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG.

  • Reply taylorlisa43 July 6, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I love it all. I must make some of those orbs!!!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks Lisa…And yes! the orbs…they’re super easy and fun…

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul July 7, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I love that fabric, what a great project! Yes, thanks for linking it to Waste Not Wednesday Link Party, I’m sure it will get lots of interest!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 7, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Thanks Toni…I hope so! It was really an fun and easy project.

  • Reply Sam@Raggedy Bits July 7, 2016 at 9:12 am

    What a fabulous project! Who would have thought!!?? So clever!! I love all the bright cheery colours!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 7, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks Sam…and thanks for hosting this great party.

  • Reply Mary Vitullo July 11, 2016 at 8:42 am

    What a clever idea. Love it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks Mary..

  • Reply Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods July 13, 2016 at 9:18 am

    This is such a great idea for our camping trips this summer! Great step by step tutorial for how you made the floorcloth too. Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Collective this week!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks so much! Have fun making your floorcloth!

  • Reply Beverly July 24, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Floor clothes have been used to cover floors before linoleum was invented. They were made from canvas, decorated, and coated with polyurethane. They were easy to clean by mopping. Now, they are becoming popular, again. I have several clippings from books on how to make them. One of these days, I’m going to make some. I wish that I could start a business creating them. The large ones are stretched over a wood frame.

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