Use Lowe's free bamboo stencil patterns to create green, serene bedding from an inexpensive canvas drop cloth.
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Wash your 9x12-foot drop cloth to soften it.
Lay the cloth squarely on the floor, and measure 76 inches by 76 inches -- the size of the finished coverlet. Tip: Use as many already finished edges as possible to save on sewing time, and allow for a 5/8-inch seam on the edges that will need to hemmed. Use a straightedge and a pencil or marker to mark your square. Cut with scissors.
Hem the coverlet where needed to finish the edges.
Download and print out the bamboo stencils. Tile out the coverlet stencil (save the pillow shams stencil for later), tape the pages together, and cut out the pattern. Transfer the pattern onto pieces of poster board and cut them out to create your stencil.
Using painter's tape, secure the pattern onto the coverlet. Following the instructions on the bottle, mix the fabric paint additive with your latex paints. The additive will allow the paint to adhere to the fabric better and allow the paint to dry soft to the touch.
To paint the stencil, start by brushing the darker green around the outside edge of the design. Finish with the lighter color on the inner part of the design to create dimension and shape.
Remove the stencil before the paint has dried completely. Allow the piece to finish drying before applying the next stencil, as they will most likely overlap.
Heat set the paint with an iron after it has dried.
After cutting the large piece of drop cloth for the coverlet, mark out two 33-1/4x 26-1/4-inch rectangles, which will become the face pieces for the standard-sized pillow shams. This measurement allows for a 5/8-inch seam allowance.
On the back of the shams, you will want a split in the middle to allow for pillow removal. Each back will be made up of two pieces that overlap by one inch in the center of the pillow. You will need to cut four back pieces that are 17-1/4 inches wide by 26-1/4 inches long.
Hem the two 26-1/4-inch pieces for each sham, which will overlap an inch in the center of the pillow. Pin two of the back pieces to the front right sides, allowing the two hemmed pieces to overlap an inch in the center. Stitch the front piece to the back pieces using a 5/8-inch seam. Trim the corners at an angle near the seam and turn the sham so that the right sides are facing out. Press the sham, and with a pencil, mark out a 2-1/2-inch flange on the top side. Following the pencil line, stitch 2-1/2 inches in from the outside edge around the entire pillow.
Refer to the coverlet instructions above to walk you through the painting/stenciling process.