Fitted Tablecloth won’t Blow Away

My tablecloths seem to have a difficult time staying put.  Either the wind blows it away from the picnic table, or the grand-kid’s elbows dragging it off, so now I have fitted tablecloths.

Festive Fitted Tablecloth, Reversible Apron and mitt; with Simple Place-Mat and Matching Napkin

Festive Fitted Tablecloth, Reversible Apron and mitt; with Simple Place-Mat and Matching Napkins

I am making a round tablecloth, but the same directions apply regardless of size or shape of your table.

Measure the top of the table, edge to edge, add 2″ all around.

Measure down from the table edge to where you want the bottom to be secured (taut) and add 2″ for casing.

Cut 1 top; 4 sides

Cut 1 top; 4 sides

Cut the first piece of fabric to fit the table-top adding 2″ all around for allowance.

Cut 4 pieces for the sides.  If making it round, measure the circumference of the table, divide by 4 and add 3 inches to each section. [ each section will measure 1/4 of the round, plus 1″ at each end for hem, and 1/2″ at each end for overlapping]

If you are making a square or rectangle; cut a piece for each section adding 4″ (you will need to overlap at least 1″ at each end).

Fold under short edge of sides, 1/4" then again 1/4" for hem

Fold under short edge of sides, 1/4″ then again 1/4″ for hem

Hem the short end of each side section, folding over 1/2″ then again 1/2″.

 

 

 

 

Fold under 1/2" then 1 1/4" for casing

Fold under 1/2″ then 1 1/4″ for casing

Hem the long end of each section, this will be the casing for the draw-strings.

Fold under 1/2″, press, then fold under 1 1/2″, press and sew close to hem edge, and again close to outer fold.

 

 

 

Top-stitch at center of casing to secure the ribbon tie inside.

Top-stitch at center of casing to secure the ribbon tie inside.

Ties:  using grosgrain ribbon or wide, double-fold bias-tape folded and sewn lengthwise, attach a safety pin at one end and pull through the casing.

Keep a tie end about 4″ at each end of casing.

 

Find the center of the side section at the casing, and sew a few stitches to secure the tie inside the casing.

Pin side section to top matching centers.

Pin side section to top matching centers.

Pin the side sections to the table-cloth top, rights sides facing, and over-lap the ends.  Sew using 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

 

 

Press seam allowance toward the side sections

Press seam allowance toward the side sections

Press seam allowance toward the table top.

 

 

 

 

 

Top-stitch close to seam, along top of side sections. Back-tack at overlaps.

Top-stitch close to seam, along top of side sections.
Back-tack at overlaps.

Top-stitch the circumference of the table-top to secure the seam allowance.

Press.

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Fitted Tablecloth, Reversible Apron and mitt; with Simple Place-Mat and Matching Napkin

Festive Fitted Tablecloth, Reversible Apron and mitt; with Simple Place-Mat and Matching Napkin

 

Put the tablecloth onto the table and gently pull the ties to make snug, tie the ends in bows and tuck up behind the side sections.

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