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.
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 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).
Hem the short end of each side section, folding over 1/2″ then again 1/2″.
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.
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 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 table top.
Top-stitch the circumference of the table-top to secure the seam allowance.
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.