Make Your Own Tablecloth

May 2011  |

A great way to dress up your dining area for spring is by changing the table cloth or floor rug.  First, pick out a fun pattern or a new color from the fabric store, then follow these steps to make your own springtime tablecloth.

1. Measure

Measure the tabletop with a yardstick or tape measure, and write the dimensions down on a piece of paper.

2. Determine “drop”

Determine the desired “drop” of your tablecloth, or the amount of overhang, and add this number plus 1 inch to each of the tabletop dimensions. A standard drop is 8 to 10 inches.  Purchase the appropriate amount of fabric.

3. Prewash & Press

Prewash and press the fabric. Lay the fabric out on top of a fabric cutting board, wrong side up. Use the printed guidelines on the board to mark and cut the fabric to the dimensions you determined in steps 1 and 2.

4. Hemming

Press each raw fabric edge under 1/2 inch. Press that edge under once more. Pin the tablecloth hem into place so that the pins are perpendicular to the edges of the fabric.

5. Sewing

Use a sewing machine to stitch the tablecloth hem. When you reach a corner, lift the presser foot of the sewing machine and swivel the fabric so that your stitching line remains straight. Keep the needle inserted in the fabric as you reposition it.

6. Hand sew

Hand sew the tablecloth hem in place with a back stitch if you do not have access to a sewing machine.

Source:  “How to Make a Tablecloth | EHow.com.” EHow | How to Videos, Articles & More – Trusted Advice for the Curious Life | EHow.com. EHow. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/how_5859_make-tablecloth.html>.