Today was the warmest day in months. A perfect day to give the porch a new spring look.
I made two chair covers and the circular tablecloth.
Here's a quick and dirty way to make a circular tablecloth without measuring a thing or using a compass.
1. You need a piece of fabric slightly longer than the unfolded width. Roughly a square shape. The width of the fabric will determine how big your circle will be. 36 inch fabric will make a table cloth that is between 34 and 35 inches in diameter. If you want a bigger circle you will have to sew it together.
2. Square up one end of the fabric by ripping. Make a tiny cut through the selvages and rip away.
3. Line the ripped edge up with one of the selvages to make a big kerchief shaped triangle.
4. Fold in half along the long side of the fabric. (The folded edge on the left side in the picture above.)
5. Fold in half again. You are bringing the shortest length over to the opposite edge each time. Always keep the short radius on top as you fold.
6. Fold again. Bringing the short side to the opposite edge and leaving it on top. It is easier to see what I mean in the picture below.
7. Keep folding until your fabric is too thick to continue. I was using an upholstery grade fabric so it was fairly thick. I folded one more time, but that was for the puropose of marking the radius.
8. Mark the radius... From the picture above you can see that if you were to cut straight across the selvage you would have a longer radius on the right hand side than on the left. (It might make for a cool zig zag or flower petal edge if you wanted but I don't want to try and hem that today!) In the picture below, the paper marks the point on each side of the triangle where the radius (distance to the center point) is equal on both sides.
9. Cut across the radius. I had to do it in sections because of the thickness of my fabric.
9. Open it up to see your circle. Sometimes you get points where the folds were so trim them up. In the pictures below you can see the quarter circle as I unfolded it. It has a little blip on the right hand side near the rose that I ended up trimming a bit. The second picture is on my round coffee table before I hemmed it.
10. Hem. Because I used a heavy fabric with a tendency to fray, I zigzagged the edge and then did a simple one fold hem to avoid a bulky hem. You will have to ease the fabric as you go. Put in some tiny tucks often keeps you from needing bigger pleats.
11. Put on your table and enjoy.