Friday, January 28, 2011

DIY SpringTablecloth I'm a little (actually a lot) embarrassed to show the before picture to you - here I am writing a blog about homemaking, and I have a huge stash of fabric just waiting to be sewn, and this is the sad sad condition my kitchen table finds itself.
 (someone please tell me their kitchen table looks worse than mine....) 
A half piece of torn fabric tossed over the top.
  Really?  I know I can do better than that.  
Here's the thing - tablecloths are kind of boring to make(could also be translated easy!)...just a big rectangle.  BUT they do have a big impact, and obviously I NEED one.
(sidenote- this tablecloth turned out to be not boring at all to make...and it was a little more complicated than I thought it would be :) 
So I went to my fav source of inspiration: Anthropologie.
I found this little beauty.
Now mine ended up looking nothing like that - but I did piece it in a similar way.

Here's how it turned out:

What?  you think that looks much better?  Well, you must have good taste.  
Oh - and you would like to make one for your kitchen table?  
Well, you're in luck - here's the Tutorial!

I started by drawing this sketch with all the measurements for my table.

Once you have made your measurements, you will need to figure out how much fabric you need.  I used home decor fabric so it was 54"-60" wide.  That is really nice when you are making something so large.  But if you want to use cotton, just piece it.  
I used 1/2 yard of the "plaid"
2/3 yard of the zig zag
2 yards of the green 
you will also need:
water soluble pen
yard stick
sewing machine and thread

Step 1:  Cut your fabrics.  I cut the center rectangle at 19"x55"
the two side rectangles at 11"x55"

the width borders(top and bottom of the tablecloth) at 11"x39"
the length borders(the side of the tablecloth) at 11"x65"

(you will probably have to piece it to get 65".  
I cut 2 pieces at 11" x45" and pieced them with a 2 cuts of 11" x 21")

Step 2:  Pin the two side rectangles to the center rectangle right sides together.  
 Sew together using 1/2" seam.

Step 3:  Press the seams open.
Step 4:  Press the width border pieces in half, wrong sides together.  

Pin the raw edge to the right side, raw edge of the tablecloth 
(it's the top and bottom of the tablecloth, if that helps you)

Sew together using 1/2" seam.  Press seams.

Step 5:  Repeat that process with the two side border pieces.  You will need to turn under and stitch the two ends of each long piece to make a nice finished edge.  Press well.  

That's it!  Okay, let's look again - 


YAY!  Makes me happy every time I look at it!
Hope you have a great weekend!  
Check back soon because coming up next is a fun Valentine's Linky Party - my first!


  1. it looks really good! one DID you get that overhead shot...spiderwoman??

  2. You're all ready for spring! Love it!

  3. Hi Jessica!
    I LOVE it! But can I throw you a curve (no punn intended)? I have a round table! Time to break out some math skills and see what happens! :o)
    Oh, and I really enjoy your blog! I hope you don't mind but I linked to you off my blog. Have a blessed day!

  4. Umm, my table still has crumbs on it from last nights dinner... So, no judgement here!

    But seriously, that tablecloth is awesome! You picked great colors/patterns/textures. I kinda want to spend some time making my table look a bit more welcoming now!

  5. Oh my goodness! I think you have one of my new favorite blogs!! :)
    I love the tablecloth - the fabrics you chose are so fun and cheery!
    You did a great job!

  6. The tablecloth is Gorgeous, the photogtaphy masterful (Spiderwoman HA!). So can I piece together al the fabric swatches that are currently littering my table? It will be piecy, scrappy, patchworky and home spun. ;o)

  7. Love it!!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  8. This looks really nice and easy to do so might give it a try!
    Just one question if I may: Did you line your table cloth?

  9. no..I did not line it. I folded over the border so that it looks lined if you look at the first 5". HA! That is my cheater way. The nicest thing to do would be to line it.

  10. Jessica,
    I also have a round table. What should I do?

  11. Hey - I've had two comments about round tables, so I will make a round tablecloth this week and post the tutorial. Check back soon!


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