Several weeks ago, I had a small garden party and made this Pottery Barn inspired tablecloth. Made of white linen, I love the loose, soft ruffling on the table runner and wanted to recreate it in the tablecloth.
My Tablecloth and Napkins
I always buy or make my tablecloths between 108 to 120 inches long and 54 to 60 inches wide. The linen comes in 54 inch wide so with an 8 inch ruffle on either side, I cut the linen to 104 inches long by 44 inches wide.
With a loosely gathered ruffly, It would take 445 inches of ruffling for this tablecloth. at 54 inches wide, I needed 8 to 9 strips of 8 inch wide.
Serge and hem two 8 inch wide strips at a time.
I used navy thread to hem it so you could see it better.
Using my ruffling foot, I ruffled the unfinished edge of the strips; setting the ruffler on 12. By setting it on twelve, the foot would gather the strip every twelfth stitch.
The picture below shows what it looks like. I used navy thread so you could see the ruffles.
When I finished all the strips, I pinned right sides together; tablecloth and ruffled strips. Careful to allow the joining of strips as needed.
Attach the ruffles and then I serged the edges to give a finished look.
Next, the napkins. I like a 20 by 20 inch napkin and I always make 10 napkins for each tablecloth.
I did not want the ruffles to be as big as the tablecloth ruffle so a four inch ruffle would look perfect. So cut the linen to 12 inch by 12 inch.
To make a four inch ruffle around ten napkins, I would need 720 inches of 4 inch wide strips. That means 14 4 inch strips.
Repeat the same process with the ruffles of the tablecloth and carefully attach to each napkin. Serge and you have a beautifully ruffled napkin.
Soft and beautiful. I love the look.