You know those projects that just hang out in your head for months and years? You just never pull the trigger?
This is one of those projects.
A fitted tablecloth for our dining room table – made from a $10 drop cloth from Home Depot.
This project idea was born because of my more frequent craft nights and parties. I thought it would be fun to make a drop cloth tablecloth that actually looks good. It would cover the table, look nice, and provide a space to craft without worrying about paint drips or other crafting messes.
The best part was that this project only took an hour – it was completed finished and cleaned up before Henry woke up from his standard 90-minute nap. WINNING!
I want to make 100 more.
The key is using a drop cloth that already has hemmed edges. This means you don’t have to sew any hems. Can I get a HURRAY?
So, here are the quick steps to make your own. I’m not going to shared most dimensions.
A. Because I only had an hour and I didn’t measure anything.
B. Because you’ll want to make it with your own table dimensions to make it fit your table perfectly.
ALL OF THE ABOVE!
I started with a 6×9 foot drop cloth from Home Depot. (This is a oblong table with two leaves. Purchase a big enough drop cloth for your table. You should have quite a bit of excess.) When I brought it home, I draped it over the table in the (approximate) center.
Then, I used a fabric marker (a pencil, pen or Sharpie would also work) to trace the edges of my table, which is oblong. This could also be simple for any shape table.
Then, I used fabric scissors to cut right inside the marker and I ended up with a top for my tablecloth.
Next up – I took the leftover drop cloth, which was the four HEMMED edges. I cut off an 11 inch section from each side. (You could go longer or shorter based on how long you want the skirt to be.)
I began pinning the skirt on the top piece, adding small tucks as I went. (Yes. I just eyeballed this. No. It doesn’t have to be perfect.)
(Reminder: Consider how LONG your table is when you are purchasing a drop cloth. The 6×9 foot drop cloth was perfect for my medium-sized dining table with two leaves.)
What do you think of our new custom tablecloth?