Learn to sew a tablecloth with a built in runner!
Want to give your dining room a quick and colorful makeover? Wake up your dining table with a lively, floral tablecloth. A built-in runner design creates a focal area just right for a lovely centerpiece. The combination of the elegant runner with the vibrant graphic makes this tablecloth ideal for anytime decorating. Just bring in fresh cut roses to finish it off!
Project Pointer: This tablecloth fits a 2½-foot by 4-foot table and has a 12″ drop (how far it hangs over the edge). Since many bolts of fabric are not wide enough to cover a table, we bought one piece of floral fabric 2 ¼ yards long and 44″ wide, then slit it in half lengthwise. We added a “runner” down the center to create the extra width.
How To Sew A Pretty Poppy Tablecloth
You will need:
2 pieces black floral cotton, 22″ wide, 2¼ yards
Buttercup yellow cotton, 15″ wide, 2¼ yards
Black all-purpose thread
Buttercup all-purpose thread
Step 1. To piece the tablecloth together, lay the buttercup fabric facedown on the black floral fabric (faceup) with the left edges aligned. Pin the left edges together. Open the fabric up and lay the second piece of black floral fabric facedown on top of the yellow fabric (faceup) with the left edges aligned. Pin the left edges together.
Step 2. Using a sewing machine and the black thread, sew the two pinned seams ½” from the edge.
Step 3. Lay the tablecloth facedown and press the seams open with an iron so they lay flat. Then iron a ½” hem all the way around the tablecloth.
Step 4. To create a tidy, mitered corner, open the ironed hem at the corner and fold the tip in to the point where the ironed hem lines meet at the corner. Pin into place.
Step 5. Fold the two ironed hem edges in until the mitered edges meet in the middle. Pin into place.
Step 6. Using a slipstitch and the black thread, hand stitch the mitered corner. Repeat Steps 4 through 6 for the other three corners.
Step 7. Using a sewing machine, hem the entire tablecloth ½” from the edge. Switch thread colors as you go, so the black thread sews the hem on the black floral fabric and the buttercup thread sews the yellow fabric.
Make fetching napkin rings by cutting out blossoms from your floral fabric and stitching them onto felt cutouts. Attach satin ribbons to tie around the napkins, and you’ve got a garden party ready to bloom!
Jennifer & Kitty
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