How to Make a Tablecloth

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    Custom-design and sew your own tablecloths to enhance any room decor. Make several and change them with the seasons. Think holiday and use a custom tablecloth as the starting point for your holiday table decoration. A custom tablecloth is a project a novice sewer can attempt with confidence in the outcome.

    Things You'll Need

    • Table cloth fabric
    • Measuring tape
    • Fabric-marking pencil
    • Scissors
    • Straight pins
    • Sewing machine
    • Thread

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    Measure the tabletop width and length. Write the dimensions down on a piece of paper.

    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. Note the new dimensions as the required cut width and required cut length.

    Prewash and dry the fabric to prevent shrinkage later.

    Lay the fabric out flat, wrong side up. Mark and cut the fabric to the required cut dimensions.

    Press each raw fabric edge under 1/2 inch. Turn an additional 1/2 inch and press the folds.

    Pin the tablecloth hem into place; place the pins are perpendicular to the edges of the fabric.

    Use a sewing machine to stitch the tablecloth hem. Sew close to the second fold. 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.

    • Create a special look for your table by making two tablecloths, one solid and one print. Make the one tablecloth 5 or 6 inches longer and arrange it under the the other tablecloth.
    • Make a set of coordinating napkins using the same hemming technique.