How to Make Tablecloths for Round Tables

By Laura Leiva

Things Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • String
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Steam iron
A tablecloth adds color and elegance to a table.

Finding the ideal tablecloth for a round table can sometimes be tricky, but making your own is easy and only takes a few materials. Even if you have little experience sewing, making a tablecloth for a round table is an easy way to customize the look or style of your furniture. Sewing your own tablecloth allows you to choose a particular color or pattern of fabric--ensuring you get a custom tablecloth at an inexpensive price. Once you have sewn your first tablecloth, you might consider making a variety to use for holidays or other special occasions.

Measure the width of the tabletop using a measuring tape. Next, decide on your desired drop length. Double the measurement for the drop and add it to the measurement of the table width. Add an additional inch to accommodate for the hem. This will give you the total measure for the tablecloth. For example, if you have a tabletop width of 30 inches and want it to drop down 24 inches, you will need to double the 24 (for 48) and add it to 30 for a total of 78 inches. Add an inch for the hem, bringing the total to 79 inches of width you will need in fabric.

Purchase your fabric in the color or pattern of your choice. You might need to sew panels together to create a square that has the required width. If sewing panels together, use the full width for the center and add panels to the sides. Make sure to allow for 1/2 inch seams. If your fabric has a pattern, be sure to match the pattern at the seams. If there the tablecloth has seams, overcast them with a zigzag stitch to prevent unraveling. Press the seams open.

To create a circle, first fold the square fabric in half, making sure to match the edges and seams. Fold again into quarters. Pin the layers together using straight pins. Cut the string about the same length as the square and tie to a pencil. Hold the cut end of the string at the corner of the folded square and draw an arc from the lower left corner to the upper right corner of the fabric. Cut along the line to create the round tablecloth shape.

Finish the tablecloth by turning under the cut edge 1/4 inch and then under another 1/4 inch all around. Stitch the hem using the sewing machine, and then press.