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Kalicokat
« on: September 09, 2008 09:55:09 PM »

Me and a friend are doing the Urban Street Bazaar in Dallas. YAY... Its our first ever show! We're both super pumped.... with a slight dilemma.

We're going to rent an 8ft table for the show, and want a tablecloth for it. I can't find any that are the right size to hit the floor all the way around and cover it all!
I was thinking regular black fabric... but neither of us can work a sewing machine in order to make it wide enough.

Maybe a sheet? What size would work?
What kind of stuff have you all used as tablecloths? We need some serious help! hehe
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Circlesofstone
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008 04:29:10 AM »

This year I plan on sewing a tablecloth for myself out of crushed panne fabric. I'm tired of having to iron my tablecloths all the time. In the past I have used a painter's drop cloth. It is heavy canvas in a neutral color. You can add more color with a table runner. Ok, it's not fancy, more earthy looking but you can get large ones that cover your 8 foot table and you don't  have to worry about wrinkles!

Lisa



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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008 09:27:56 AM »

Double knit polyester is a good fabric choice because it's durable and doesn't wrinkle as much as something like sheets.

Instead of sewing so it's wide enough, consider putting it the OTHER way on the table.  You'll have to have two pieces next to each other but you could cut them long enough to hang over a little in the back and hang all the way to the floor in the front.

Does that make sense??
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Javalita
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008 06:39:10 PM »

You can buy fabric and also these iron on stitches to turn up the hems.  Or buy it extra big to drape and pool around the ground. 
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CowgirlArtist
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2008 08:47:03 AM »

This year I plan on sewing a tablecloth for myself out of crushed panne fabric. I'm tired of having to iron my tablecloths all the time. In the past I have used a painter's drop cloth. It is heavy canvas in a neutral color. You can add more color with a table runner. Ok, it's not fancy, more earthy looking but you can get large ones that cover your 8 foot table and you don't  have to worry about wrinkles!

Lisa





I was visiting the Warrenton -Roundtop antique fair last weekend and saw a Beautiful One from across the street!
That table cloth drew me all the way across the street to look at their booth.. It SPARKLED IN THE SUN!!
I wish I could sew because I want one so BAD!
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CowgirlArtist
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2008 11:04:20 AM »

Here is a picture of the beautiful one that I saw!

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2008 11:58:27 AM »

Do you need it to reach the ground? If not, I'd recommend looking in the home decor section at your local fabric store. Jo-Ann's always has a good selection. I'm talking about the big rolls of fabric, not bolts. It should be wide enough to hang over on both ends, and I'd say for an 8-ft table 3.5 yards should do it. (That would be 10.5 feet). And if you buy when the fabric is 50% off or you use one of their 40% off coupons it won't be too pricey.

The good thing about this is you would only have to hem the short sides. The long sides are called selvedges, and the fabric is stable enough on those sides there's no need to hem. And I think someone mentioned hem tape, you just iron it on and fold the edges over.

Or if you wanted it to touch the ground in the front, you could make a 2-part table cloth. They have plastic ones like this. There is a regular tablecloth to go on the tabletop, then a "skirt" that goes on the front and the sides, and it attaches to the edge of table with tape or velcro.  That should be pretty easy to make as well. No hemming required on the top piece since the edges get covered by the skirt, and if you buy the right width fabric none is needed on the skirt as well! The raw edges would be in the back by where you're sitting.
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outbackgirl
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2008 03:21:03 PM »

I made my lazy-girl table clothes using 150cm wide fabric, leaving the selvedges on each long side and using my pinking shears along the short sides to stop them fraying.  I also made covers for my raised boxes to elevate items using the same fabric and neatened the edges with the pinking shears, tuck the fabric under the boxes for a neat finish.
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