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{challenge tutorial} diy pocketed tablecloth

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Aimee of the Barnyard Babes joins us today for a another fabulous tutorial from…

The fun that comes from working with a team and a limited budget is pooling resources and adopting the “someone’s trash is another person’s treasure” philosophy to figure out ways to cut costs. Tablecloths can be expensive. And custom tablecloths can be downright out of the question. One of my teammates not only located the idea of a pocketed tablecloth found here but she had tons of fabric at her disposal. Denim—check. Red gingham—check. Country paisley print—check. All I needed to provide was the sewing savvy and the tablecloth.

Step one was to identify the size of table our team would be using. Once I had the measurements I began brainstorming how to use the inspiration found but create a tablecloth that would be unique to our team. Initially my thought was to just purchase some basic white broadcloth fabric and create the tablecloth like any other tablecloth. You put a square tablecloth on a square table. A rectangular tablecloth on a rectangular table. And a round tablecloth on a round table. But does it have to be that way? Well, of course not!

What I had at home begging to be utilized was a leftover 90 inch round banquet table tablecloth. It was still packaged, originally purchased in my event planning days, and it couldn’t wait to get its time in the spotlight. It became the canvas for our custom tablecloth.

To create the pockets, I took the super duper complicated approach. I free handed a pocket. I know, right? Way complicated.

Next I cut out the pocket pattern.

I pinned it to the fabric. I know, I know—earth shattering.

I repeated this three times. One. Two. Three.

I then decided that denim pockets on a white tablecloth, are well, denim pockets on a white tablecloth. And that’s so boring. So I added a ruffle from the country print provided from my teammate. To create a ruffle without a ruffler attachment for your machine, simply fold your fabric in half, reduce your tension on the machine to a low level, increase your stitch length to a longer stitch and sew your seam. Don’t backstitch. Leave long thread ends on each side. Then gently pull the thread and work your ruffles toward the opposite end. Pull some more then work your ruffles down. Repeat.

Stitch your ruffle to the inside of the pocket top edge and use this seam as your top exposed pocket stitch. Pin your pockets in place. Sew the remaining three sides of each pocket onto your tablecloth.

Step back and admire your work.

Personally, I thought the ruffles would do the trick for me. I was happy with the ruffled pockets but I still thought it was a little boring. So I decided to enhance and bring more attention to the fact that I was using a round bottom tablecloth on a rectangular table. And by enhance I mean, I added MORE ruffles. This time I used the red gingham fabric and my handy dandy ruffler attachment.

{HINT}: If you’re attempting long ruffle lengths, the above advice of hand ruffling will probably make you poke your eyes out. At some point, the thread will break and you won’t make it all the way down your ruffle in waiting seam. I do not condone the poking out of ones eyes, so I do not condone hand ruffling a tablecloth bottom.

Once the ruffle was ruffled, it was simply sewn onto the bottom of the tablecloth. Easy peasey!

Since you used a round tablecloth, the sides of your table will look a little awkward. I simply folded the ends toward each other (fold neatly like a present) and pinned in place. This will allow a form fit from the front of the table and keep your uneven sides nice and neat.

Of course, I took it a step further and created a matchy matchy apron with the leftover fabric but I can’t go giving you all my secrets.

Project Total: $12.00

Thanks for hanging out and ruffling around with me!


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  1. Are you guys selling this table cloth or make them?

    1. One of our former contributors, Aimee Broussard, created this for one of our challenges. We only offer the tutorial, but you may be able to contact Aimee directly through her blog or shop. Thanks for asking!

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