Saturday, February 15, 2014

Make A Tulle Tablecloth

Make a simple tablecloth out of tulle and satin binding.

A tablecloth made out of tulle or netting lends a soft, ethereal look to any dining room or outdoor dining space. It can be difficult and expensive to find a tulle tablecloth in the size and color you need, however. Make your own tulle tablecloth for a fraction of the cost of purchasing one. By making your own, you can choose your own color tulle and your own finishing details, ensuring your tablecloth is exactly the size and finish you desire.


1. Set up your table, inserting any leaves you will use when you use the tablecloth. Measure both the width and the length of the tabletop from edge to edge and write these numbers on your paper.

2. Decide how long you want your tablecloth to hang from the edge of your table. You may want to use a piece of scrap fabric to test different lengths before committing to a final decision. Measure the length from the very top edge of your table to the bottom hanging edge, where you want your tablecloth length to end to find your tablecloth drop length.

3. Multiply your drop length by two and write this measurement down. Figure the total length of tulle you need by adding the multiplied drop length number to the length measurement of your tabletop. Figure the total width of tulle you need by adding the multiplied drop length number to the width measurement of your tabletop.

4. Take your measurement to the fabric store and purchase enough tulle for your tablecloth. Cut your tulle to the length and width measurements you figured for your tablecloth. Ensure all of your edges are straight.

5. Unwrap your satin bias binding. Unfold it and iron the wrong side with the iron on a medium setting to remove the fold marks from the satin. Fold under one of the short ends of the binding to the wrong side. Place the bias binding so the fold of the binding rests on the edge of the tulle tablecloth.

6. Smooth the bias binding sides onto the front and back sides of the tulle so it encases the edges neatly. Pin into place. Continue around the entire perimeter of the tablecloth. When the whole tablecloth is encased, fold under the remaining short edge of the binding and pin it down.

7. Thread your sewing machine. Sew around the bias binding using a 1/8-inch seam allowance so you sew down the front and back sides of the binding with one seam. Remove the pins, trim off any threads and place your tablecloth on your table.

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