A new tablecloth will not only extend the life of your table it’s also an effortless way to refresh your home decor. Tablecloths can be made from a variety of fabrics whether you are looking for longevity, easy-care, or budget-friendly options. You can easily make your own tablecloth with a few simple steps! Take a look at some helpful tips below including a free informational download – “Guide For Making Your Own Tablecloth”.
Step 1: Table Dimensions
For square and rectangle tables you will need to measure the length and the width. You will also need to measure the drop. This measurement will determine how much fabric will hang over the edge. For all other tables shapes including circle and oval, measure the length and widest part of the table. Add an additional 1-2″ for the hem.
Step 2: Determine the complete measurements for your tablecloth
To determine the complete measurements for your tablecloth you’ll need to include the drop measurement to all four sides. The drop measurement will also determine the look of your tablecloth. For a more elegant look, a floor-length tablecloth would be ideal. Don’t forget to add 1″-2″ for the hem.
Take a look at the diagram below:
Step 3: Calculate the yardage needed for your tablecloth
Now that you have the total measurement for the size of your tablecloth, you’ll need to calculate how many yards of fabric you will need. If your fabric width isn’t wide enough, you’ll need to determine how many widths you’ll need to piece together. Divide the total width measurement by the width of your fabric and then round up. This will give you the number of widths. Next, multiply that number by the total length. Divide that final number by 36 to get the number of yards.
The standard width of fabric from the bolt is 54.” Some fabric widths can range between 40″ and 60″ depending on where you purchase it. In some cases, this may be enough fabric to cover the width of your table. However, if your fabric isn’t wide enough you will need to cut and sew the pieces together. Be sure to include the seam allowance for each piece. Get creative and make a coordinating table-runner to cover up that extra seam!