Monday, November 09, 2009
Sewing: A designer skirted tablecloth tutorial
Sewing is a fantastic way to get a designer custom look for a fraction of the cost. When redecorating this bedroom, the side table needed a new tablecloth. So I chose fabric to match the Euro Shams, bedding and my favorite picture.
To begin, measure the table carefully. You will need two measurements:
1. Top of the table
2. Height of the table.
Diameter of your circle will be Top of the table + Two times the height of the table. Add 6 inches to the final measurement. The addition will allow a generous hem and piping we are going to add. Cut two lengths of the decorator fabric according to your final measurement. Cut one of the lengths of decorator fabric along the fold, down the middle of the fabric.
Sew each smaller length to the larger piece of decorator fabric.
I serged the edges of the tablecloth but it is really not necessary.
Repeat the process with a light lining fabric. I did not split the fabric and sewed the two pieces together down the middle. Fold each piece, the lining and the decorator fabric in quarters. Using a string cut to 1/2 your final measurement.
Carefully measure a circle out of the fabric using the string from the center corner fold of the fabric. Open the decorator fabric right side down. Lay the liner fabric wrong side down on top of the decorator fabric.
Pin the fabric together to stabilize the two circles.
This piping is the key to getting a custom look.
Fold two inches over and press.
Next, fold another two inch hem with both fabrics, put the piping in and pin.
Hand-stitch the hem, making sure to secure the piping in the hem casing.
Press the tablecloth.
Place your new fabulous designer tablecloth on your new table.
The piping adds a special custom touch to an ordinary tablecloth.