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20+ Tablecloth Projects To Sew
Posted By Tipnut On June 29, 2011 @ 11:20 am In Sewing | 2 Comments
I find shopping for table linens a frustrating venture (either the fabric is poor quality, the dimensions or shape is off or the colors just aren’t right). Easy solution? Make your own! Here are several different tutorials featuring a variety of styles you can make using assorted fabrics and trims. Some are holiday themed but keep in mind you can use the same techniques and ideas to make a covering suitable for year-round use (just change the fabric, trims or decorative embellishments). I also added some tips at the bottom of the page for crafting and collecting vintage tablecloths.
Retro Reversible : Made with assorted fabric prints, free pattern download available for the flounce pieces (pdf).
Bandanna : An easy to make, casual-style tablecloth suitable for outdoor entertaining. You’ll need several prewashed bandannas (either the same color or use a mix of colors & patterns).
Fitted Oilcloth : Here’s one made with oilcloth and has the corners sewn together to make a fitted covering. Free scallop template download (pdf).
Patchwork : Six fabric strips of varying widths are sewn together then trimmed with rickrack (includes directions for making matching napkins).
Patio Party Cloth : Made with assorted prints, one long panel along the center with the drops in a coordinating print (fabric ties at each corner).
Holiday Patchwork Topper : Fabric squares are sewn together then an accent row of mother-of-pearl buttons and bright corner tassels finish off this festive covering.
Lemon Zest : Bright & cherry cloth for the holidays, features creamy drop panels and dramatic fabric bands and ties along the table’s top edges.
Skirted With Flower Button Napkins : Learn how to make a fitted tablecloth with gathered skirt and fabric napkins embellished with yo yos & buttons.
Ruffled Slipcover : Made with white cotton twill fabric and cotton cording, instructs how to measure for a custom fit.
Ragged Patchwork : An easy project suitable for beginners, blocks of fabric squares 8″ in size are stitched together (double layers).
Italian Bistro-Style : Formulas are provided to make a custom fit cloth for your table, one fabric print is used for the top while a coordinating print is used for the drop pieces.
First published October 6, 2010 and moved to this page for better organization
A dressing table may be decorated in many different ways. Chintz or sateen to match bedspreads or draperies may be used. Sheer fabrics, such as organdie or dotted Swiss, make dainty covers. With these, a petticoat of white muslin or pastel-colored sateen is necessary.
(For Table with Arms)
On this type of dressing table, the skirt is made in two sections and attached to the table so that it may be easily removed. One method of doing this:
To make the type of skirt pictured for a table with arms:
To make this type of skirt for a table which does not have arms, make strip in one piece, twice the length of the outer edge of table. Finish and attach in same way.
(For Table Without Arms)
This is an attractive cover for a table top to be used over a plain skirt.
(For Table Without Arms)
When a dressing table has no arms, the top cover and skirt may be joined:
Source: The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing (1946)
*First published September 29, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
It’s no secret that I love vintage patterns, crafts and fabrics–and that includes tablecloths. The fabrics are soft and durable, usually a good quality cotton or cotton/linen blend and the patterns deliciously whimsical, folk artsy and retro. Perfect for brightening up the kitchen or sewing with!
Here are a few craft ideas using the tablecloths, as well as resources listed for those who love to collect them…
Tips For Collectors: Hunting for vintage textile treasures 
- Inspect the item completely! open it up and look for wear holes or weak spots – these may become bigger holes after washing if the cloth had be improperly washed or stored in the past.
- Watch for fugitive dyes and significant fading – Early kitchen textile dyes can be unstable and will fade unevenly. Hold the cloth up to the light to see if there is evidence of missing colors or a faded pattern – this will reduce the value of the cloth.
- Measure- most vintage tablecloths were 50″ or 54″ wide and varying lengths- sometime you will find a 38″ wide BBQ or patio tablecloth. Anything 36″ wide is most likely a vintage fabric piece and not a tablecloth. 60″ x 60″ wide cloths most likely will be reproduction tablecloths so it pays to measure all cloths in the store.
Here’s a tip I never thought of:
Most vintage printed tablecloths you can find today are in smaller sizes ranging from 32″ square to 54″ square. I recommend buying a several larger gingham and plain tablecloths in primary colors to show off your smaller tablecloths.
Source: How to use and display vintage linens . Great idea!
There’s an online club you can join too: VintageTableclothsClub.com . It does cost $15 a year to help support the club’s expenses. I’m not affiliated with it and I’m not a member so I can’t personally vouch for the quality of information exchanged, but I have heard good things. If you’re a member or you join, I’d like to hear your thoughts on it :).
Collecting vintage tablecloths is a hobby one can do relatively easily since the tablecloths are still common enough to find at thrift stores and garage sales–as well as quite affordable. Not only that–you can use these items productively in day-to-day living, not many vintage collections can provide that.
Now if only chenille blankets were as easy or affordable to collect, sigh ;).
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URLs in this post:
 Striped Project: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/striped-tablecloth-project-1109
 Retro Reversible: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/table-linens/retro-fun-reversible-breakfast-tablecloth
 Fabric & Pom Pom Trim: http://www.craftynest.com/2010/09/fabric-pom-pom-trim-tablecloth/
 Bandanna: http://www.marthastewart.com/270049/bandanna-tablecloth
 Scalloped Cover: http://www.nobigdill.com/2010/09/no-matter-how-many-times-we-tell-our.html
 Fitted Oilcloth: http://www.twigandthistle.com/blog/2009/03/diy-oilcloth-table-cover/
 Fabric Panel Cloth: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/table-linens/thanksgiving-tablecloth-arts-crafts-style-panels
 Patchwork: http://www.marthastewart.com/265964/patchwork-tablecloth-and-napkins
 Simple Fitted Cloth: http://www.running-w-scissors.com/2010/06/fitted-simple-tablecloth.html
 Patio Party Cloth: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/table-linens/patio-party-strips-stripes-tablecloth
 Snowflake: http://www.marthastewart.com/266140/snowflake-tablecloth
 Holiday Patchwork Topper: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/table-linens/citrus-holiday-patchwork-table-topper-vintage-button-trim
 Festive Felt: http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/red-white-felt-tablecloth-936
 Lemon Zest: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/table-linens/citrus-holiday-lemon-zest-tablecloth
 Dish Towel Table Cloth: http://beachvintage.blogspot.com/2010/02/project-day-my-dish-cloth-table-cloth.html
 Skirted With Flower Button Napkins: http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/ProjectCenter/Project_Detail/Skirted_Tablecloth_with_Flower_Button_Napkins
 Pretty Stenciled Cloth: http://www.joann.com/stenciled-tablecloth/xprd768987/
 Ruffled Slipcover: http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/how-to-sew-a-card-table-slipcover/index.html
 Made With Tea Towels: http://www.homelife.com.au/decorating/kitchen/how+to+sew+a+tablecloth,5691
 Ragged Patchwork: http://jubileehomespun.com/Project_Ideas/Garden%20Green%20Patchwork%20Ragged%20Tablecloth.html
 Round Scalloped Edged: http://www.nicoleathome.com/2011/06/tutorial-round-scalloped-edged-table.html
 Italian Bistro-Style: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/kitchen-linens/italiano-kitchen-bistro-tablecloth
 Heirloom Topper: http://weallsew.com/2012/03/29/heirloom-table-topper-by-juliette-lanvers/
 Better Homes & Gardens: http://www.bhg.com/advice/food/cooking-tips/what-is-the-proper-tablecloth-drop-length/
 How To Measure For A Round Tablecloth: http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/how-measure-round-tablecloth
 Pretty much anything in this list: http://tipnut.com/scrap-happy-fabric-scrap-ideas-free-patterns/
 Collecting Vintage Tablecloths: http://www.vintagetableclothsclub.com/resources.htm
 History of the Printed Tablecloth: http://info.fabrics.net/history-of-the-printed-tablecloth/
 The Collector’s Guide: http://forums.ebay.com/db2/topic/Workshops/Collectors-Guide-To/32885
 Tips For Buying Online: http://www.thevintagetable.net/company/buyingonline.html
 Hunting for vintage textile treasures: http://www.vintagetableclothsclub.com/newsletters/salearticle/salearticle.htm
 How to use and display vintage linens: http://www.vintagetableclothsclub.com/newsletters/march/march.htm
 VintageTableclothsClub.com: http://www.vintagetableclothsclub.com/
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