You, too, can make bright tablecloths to add interest and accent to your rooms. If you have a little sewing skill and follow these directions your home will look like you purchased your cloths from a high-end store. I have been teaching this easy procedure for years and now I would like to share it with you.
This concept works for rectangular or square tablecloths.
First of all, measure the width and length of your table. Our sample table will measure 4 feet (48 inches) long by 29 inches wide. This is a kitchen table, so I want the drop to be easy to slide a chair under when you are sitting. A standard drop is 8 – 10 inches. For a kitchen table I like to go shorter for the reason I just stated, so I’ll plan for an 8 inch drop. You will need to add 1 inch all around for seam allowance. My measurements will look like this:
- 48 inches + 16 inches (drop for both ends) + 2 inches (seam allowance) = 66 inches (I would buy two yards for length here to be sure I have enough fabric)
- 29 inches + 16 inches (drop for both sides) + 2 inches (seam allowance) = 47 inches
(A Pro tip here – it’s best to use decorator fabric, which generally runs at least 54 inches wide. However, if you find the perfect design in a 45 inch fabric, just make the drop one inch less all around (7 inches) and you’ll be fine).
I’m assuming you’ll use the 54 inch fabric so follow these steps:
- Square up your fabric by matching selvedges. Even at one end and measure 66 inches from the bottom up. Using tailor’s chalk and a ruler, draw a line across the 66 inch line. Cut out, being sure to keep the cut even. It’s best to keep the fabric folded here, so the fabric doesn’t shift.
- Open the fabric and fold it the opposite way. Bring the bottom up to meet the top. Be sure it’s lined up and measure 47 inches from one side. Draw a line with tailor’s chalk up and down at this measurement. Cut evenly, as before. You now have a piece that measures 66 inches x 47 inches.
- On both ends, fold and press ½ inch to inside. Fold and press ½ inch on both sides to inside. Return to ends and fold again ½ inch, pinning ends. Fold, press, and pin ½ inch on the sides.
- Sew close to fold line around the perimeter of the fabric. When you reach the corner, be sure not to sew too far to the edge. Instead, leaving the needle down, pivot and turn and continue sewing. This gives you a continuous line of stitching that looks neat.
- Press all over and you’re done! Add corner embellishments if you like, with hand embroidery, applique, or buttons.
This method will make you look like you hired a pro but only you will know it was easy!