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Make a simple stamp to add color and design to plain drop cloth fabric for a host of projects, including a bright scarf.
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Wash, dry, and iron a drop cloth. Cut a piece 12 inches wide by 81 inches long. One edge at a time, fold over a 1/2-inch strip of fabric, fold it again, and iron the fabric flat. Then sew the seam; repeat for the other side and both ends.
Select or cut a block of scrap wood slightly larger than the stamp pattern. Remove the paper backing from the felt pieces and attach them to the bottom of the block as shown on the pattern sheet.
If you plan to use a variety of colors, make a separate stamp for each color.
Pour paint in a disposable plate and gently dip the stamp in paint without allowing the paint to touch the wood. Stamp it once on a piece of scrap paper to remove excess paint. Beginning along one edge of the drop cloth, gently stamp the pattern about 12 times. Reload the stamp with paint as needed. Then add rows of stamps until you reach the other edge. Change colors as you like and add one or more rows of different stamps. Continue stamping until you reach the other end and let dry overnight before using. Estimated cost: $21.
Once you master the technique, use it to make stamps for other projects, such as the drop cloth table cloth shown. You can also paint and stamp metal, such as a steel bucket.