DIY Tablecloths

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

When it comes to making your own home accessories, tablecloths are one of the easiest items to make yourself. Anyone who can handle a pair of scissors and sew a straight stitch on a sewing machine can easily create a tablecloth in one day. The biggest challenge most people encounter when making a tablecloth lies in determining the proper size to cover your table. Fortunately, you can use a simple formula to ensure that your homemade tablecloth fits perfectly.

Measure the length and width of your table with a measuring tape.

Hold the end of the measuring tape against the edge of the table and measure down to the point where you want the hem of the tablecloth to rest. Multiply this number by two. For example, if the measurement is 18 inches, your final number is 36.

Add the final number from Step 2 to the length and width measurements from step one. For example, if your table is 20 inches in length by 40 inches in width, you would end up with the measurements 56 inches and 76 inches.

Add 2 inches to the final measurements from Step 3, to add seam allowances to your table. In our example, the measurements become 58 inches and 78 inches.

Cut a piece of fabric using the measurements from Step 4.

Fold the edges of the tablecloth under 1/2 inch and iron the fold to set a crease.

Fold the edges under another 1/2 inch and iron the new fold. This hides the raw edge of the fabric to create a neat, clean edge.

Sew along the sides of the tablecloth with a sewing machine, keeping the needle approximately 3/8 inch away from the outer edge.


  • "The Complete Guide to Sewing"; Singer; 1999

About the Author

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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