The top of my porch table is in need of a paint job because when I was staining the porch floor I spilled the better part of a gallon of stain on it. Roll eyes here and say a few choice words. I figured covering it up was the best thing to do until I got over the loss of the expensive stain AND the mess on the table. I went back to Lowe's to buy another gallon of stain for the porch floor and a drop cloth to cover the table. To get the size I needed for the table I had to buy a drop cloth that was much longer than what I needed so I cut it off and made a ruffle out of the leftovers. I love the rustic look which I did on purpose as it just didn't seem right to take a drop cloth and try and make it into something fancy.
This is where I started with just an inexpensive drop cloth. The extra fabric was tucked under as I decided what the drop would be.
Although my sewing machine has a nice rufflier and a basting stitch I did this by hand with dark thread so that I could make adjustments as needed. I divided the tablecloth into 4th.'s and did the same with the ruffle. I also used my surger to finish the edge of the ruffle, I wanted it to look a little rustic so I did this rather than a folded finished edge on the ruffle.
To try and make sure that the ruffle was the same all the way around the table I marked both the tablecloth and the ruffle with a blue sewing marker and then lined the two up as I pinned the ruffle on.
I really like the finished product and I'm glad I took the time to make the ruffle rather than just leaving the table cloth plain.