Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sew an Easy Round Table Cloth

Don't forget to let me know if you would like free loofah seeds. See yesterday's post.
I love table cloths. They instantly change the mood of a room and bring in personality and color. Nicer tablecloths are on the expensive side and never seem to be the exact color or style you want, but fortunately they are easy to make. I found this really fun and beautiful piece of quality fabric on the decorator fabric remnant table. It was almost two yards and I paid $4.00 for it. The ruffle was made of colonial muslin. Which I paid $6.00 for. This tablecloth cost me about $10.00 to make.

To sew a simple round table cloth. Fold the cloth in half and then in half again. Figure out how large your tablecloth needs to be. If your table is 60 inches across and you want it to hang 10 inches over on the side, add 60 plus 10 X 2 (10 inches on each side) = 80 inches. Then add two inches for the hem. So your total inches across would be 82 inches. To get the radius divide by two. The radius for this tablecloth would be 41 inches. Cut a piece of string to the radius length. Hold one end of the string at the center point of the folded fabric, pull the string taunt and holding a marker at the other end start at one corner of the fabric and make an arc using the string to measure the distance. Then use scissors and cut through the fabric following the marks made by the marker. Unfold and hem. Simple Tablecloth!!!

If the fabric you have isn't wide enough for the table, you can make it wider by cutting another piece in half and sewing it onto either side of the main piece of fabric.
If you want to make a ruffle, determine how wide you want the ruffle. Then measure the perimeter of your table. Times that by two or 1 and a half and that is how long the ruffle needs to be. Say you want the ruffle to be 12 inches wide, add one inch for the hem to get 13 inches. Cut as many 13 inch strips of fabric you need to get the length of ruffle you need. Sew the pieces together and then hem the ruffle. Use basting stitches to pull the ruffles into the fabric. I used several separate pieces of thread because the ruffle was so long.
Lay the round cloth on top of a table right side up. Position the ruffle wrong side up on top of the cloth. Adjust until the ruffle is even and fits properly around the perimeter of the cloth and pin on. Then sew along the edges to attach ruffle.

There you go!! You have a cheap beautiful table cloth. In the color and style YOU want!

9 comments:

Egghead said...

What a great idea. My dining table is oblong but I have this fold away round table that I am always looking for a round table cloth for at holiday times. Especially one that hangs down several inches. I am going to try this. Thank you for your great instructions.

Ingeborg said...

I would just love some seed to try out. HOWEVER I live in Europe and it will cost you a fortune to have them mailed, I'm afraid.
Love your blog. Found it by resding Rhonda's Down to Earth.
Ingeborg

Tiffany said...

Oh I love that! That is great fabric!! Ya know, you can use almost the exact same method to make a circle skirt for the girls too. ;)

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warm said...

Nice and simple steps to the beautifully black tablecloth...making an impression I am sure.

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