round kitchen tablecloths

lehuagardenAugust 9, 2005

Has anyone made a round tablecloth for a 48in table? I don't want seams if possible; most fabrics come in 45 or 54in widths. Also I'd like to make two cloths: a longer one, say 100 in or so, and a topper of 70 in. for a french country look. Any tips or suggestions?

Thanks!

Lehua

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hoerlel

There is no way you are going to get a 100 or 70" circle out of a 45 or a 54" width of fabric without seams. I would cut one half of the fabric down the length in the center fold and sew each piece to the other half on the selvage edges. Those seams would be less noticable if they are off center.

To make a completely round tablecloth, fold the sewn pieces together into fourths. Then take a length of string that measures 52" or a yardstick (36") and tack it to the point of the fold and with a pencil (making sure that the string or yardstick stays straight and the fabric flat, move your pencil from one edge of the fold to the other for a complete circle when opened up. Hem as desired.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2005 at 2:50PM
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Marg411

The only way you'll probably find fabric wide enough, without making seams, is to buy a sheet, or find a fabric store which sells sheeting. Most fabric stores only carry sheeting in white. Even 60" fabric would probably need seams.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2005 at 5:14AM
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msmeow

I think they make 100" wide fabric for quilt backs - you may be able to find it at a quilt shop. I'm sure it would be 100% cotton (lots of wrinkles) and probably really expensive!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2005 at 11:01AM
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kathi_mdgd

They do sell 100 and 90 inch wide fabric at quilt shops for quilt backs,but it's usually only white,off white,blue or mauve.
I'd say go with a pretty sheet and that will work well.
Good luck.
Kathi

    Bookmark   August 10, 2005 at 2:40PM
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silver2

Check on ebay or your fabric store for cheater quilt fabric. They have it 88-98 wide on occasion.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 3:53AM
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ell_in_or

Google: wide decorator fabric, wide quilt backing, 110" fabric, etc.

It is out there, but can take some digging to find. A fabric store I used to work at carried 120" toile in both red and blue. It was popular.

Here's two places that carry wide fabric for quilt backing. I have found some really great stuff - batiks, nice patterns, navy, forest green. There's lots more out there besides white, ecru, pink, and blue.

http://www.christianlanequilters.citymax.com/blank.html

http://www.fabric.com/q-150.html

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 4:39PM
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alison

But isn't sheeting pretty thin for a tablecloth?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 2:12PM
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kathi_mdgd

No sheeting isn't thin,unless you buy the cheapy stuff that's 180 thread count or less.Think about the sheets on your bed,are they thin??? Mine aren't.
Kathi

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 4:36PM
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alison

Maybe I'm just accustomed to much thicker tableclothes!

When I've made tableclothes, I usually use material from the home dec section that is perhaps the weight of a denim. Not so heavy as upholstery fabric; something that drapes nicely, but still has some heft to it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2005 at 8:19PM
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mar_cia

Alison, I am with you...sheeting is pretty thin for a table cloth.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2005 at 11:24PM
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alison

Don't know if this helps you, lehuagarden, but I recently made a table cloth for my 48" round table from cheapo black "pleather" that came in (I think) 50" wide.

I cut a circle to fit the top with 1/2" to spare on the sides, then cut 4 strips that were 12 1/2" deep x 1/4 the circumferance of the table.

I sewed the long side of the strips to the outside of the circle, with the short sides just butting together. I just bought a grommet popper thing at a yard sale, and I plan to put a row of grommets on each of the short sides, then lace them up with a strip of cord.

I know that sounds a little goth, but I'm sure you could use a similar method to create any kind of slightly tailored cloth. And you could manage no seams across the top of the table without having to look for extra wide (and probably expensive) fabric.

Have fun! I don't do much sewing, but I have a whole wardrobe of table clothes!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2005 at 8:31PM
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lehuagarden

Thanks to all for great references and ideas! Lehuagarden

    Bookmark   August 18, 2005 at 11:03PM
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alex2004

I just came back from a vacation in China. I visited a few window treatment places while I was there. I know that most of the home deco fabrics there are 110-inch wide, and the price runs from $10/m for the basic ones to $30/m for the fancier ones (not bad for double width). If you know somebody who is traveling to China, you could ask them to bring some back for you.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2005 at 11:24PM
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dian57

I use 1000 TC sheets on my bed. They are heavy enough to pass as a tablecloth. Try TJ Maxx or Homegoods for a full or queen flat sheet to get the yardage you need. Their prices are usually discounted. I get mine from that O site.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 8:33AM
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lehuagarden

Wow: I'm out of date...I didn't know sheets came in 1000TC!
Thanks, Lehua

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 12:47PM
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ell_in_or

Fabric.com has wide widths of fabric. They have broadcloth and some others. Lots of colors. Most are 108" wide and around $5/yard on sale right now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wide Fabric

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 5:47PM
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pattysc

I use to make round tablecloths for my kitchen table using 60 wide fabric but have forgotten how. I did not need any seams. The top of the table is 40 inches across. I did not have a very long overlap; didn't really need one because I did not want the hem to be "laying in someone's lap". Can anyone tell me how much fabric I need and how to make a tablecloth. Thanks, Patty

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 10:15PM
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damascusannie

Patty--It sounds to me like you just cut out a 60" circle from the fabric and hemmed it up. That'd give you about a 9" drop around the table. If you want a shorted drop, just don't make the circle so wide. You'd need about 1 3/4 yards of 60" wide for a 60" tablecloth.

Annie

    Bookmark   November 24, 2008 at 9:18AM
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birdtalker

fabric stores used to sell tablecloth material which was really wide up to 90 inches or so. Haven't seen any since the chain store Joann's bought out the competition here and closed it down.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2008 at 7:20PM
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mari_2008

Hi there - I was looking up directions to make a table cloth and saw your post. I have an ebay store and have one bolt of 108" tie dye blue fabric. It's probably too late, but just in case - go to http://memascottonshop.com and look under the cateogy 54-108".
Mari

Here is a link that might be useful: Mema's Cotton Shop

    Bookmark   August 22, 2011 at 10:02PM
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new-beginning

my Hancock's sells tablecloth fabric in several widths (my table is 54" wide) and I have found fabric there that must be 72" wide. Carolyn

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 11:09PM
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Kitah4911

You can get 90 inch and 108 inch fabric at QuiltingQuest.net. 108 inch has some patterned fabric with prices from $7.99 to $10.99 a yard and alot of 45 inch fabric $ 4.95 up. They also sell on E-Bay.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2011 at 1:19AM
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nanasaidso

Personally, I'd use sheets, and double it. That would give you the heft you're looking for. You could use the same pattern, or two different patterns. Either way would be reversible. If you get a bold pattern, make sure it doesn't show through to the other side.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 11:07AM
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