Wednesday, 23 March 2011

How to make..... A tablecloth

Making a tablecloth is such a quick and easy task and a great way to bring colour and life into your kitchen, not to mention a very cost effective way to update a room.

I have recently made my own tablecloth and I am so happy with the results - the above picture is mine!! (Trying not to sound like a proud mum!!!)

You will need:
Tape measure
Fabric marker
Iron (for fabric pressing)
Thread for sewing machine

1. Measure the table so you know how much fabric you will need.

2. Lay out your fabric and mark with a fabric marker of your choice, the dimensions out. Use a ruler if you want to be precise. Then, with your fabric scissors, cut along your markings.

3. Create a hem. Fold over about half an inch of fabric and with a medium-hot iron press the fold into place. This acts as your guide and from here you can pin the hem you have created into place.

4. Sew the hem into place. If you are using a machine simply use a backstitch. This is the neatest and most secure stitch for the cloth. When you reach a corner, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric to the next unfinished edge.Take as long as you need to with this step. The line needs be as straight as possible to ensure that the end result is professional. Once you have finished the hem, press the fabric and place it on the table.

And there you have it, a personal tablecloth for all the family to enjoy. And if you have seen my blog about summer entertaining 'Hello sunshine' you can make a tablecloth for the garden too!!

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