DIY or another option?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I don’t think you need to hem/sew burlap, a raw edge is fine. I’m not sure about muslin but it could work. Is there not a fabric store nearby that you could check out?  I think burlap is pretty cheap by the metre, then all you’d have to do is cut it to the right size.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

marinesfiance:  Whooooaah nelly! Did you say thousands of dollars for burlap tablecloths? It’s f***ing potato sack material!!! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I don’t think Michaels sells fabric, but try a large dedicated fabric store. I thought it was around a couple bucks per metre so it should be quite cheap to buy. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

marinesfiance:  That’s ridiculous. You’d think it’s silk they’re charging for. If it’s a simple country look you’re going for you could totally DIY with the fabric. Little imperfections will make it look more authentic.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

marinesfiance:  Find out the size of your tables first, then decide if you are having your tablecloths hit halfway to the floor or if you want them to go all the way to the floor. Post here and we can help you figure it out, or google it. Seriously, google is your friend, use it. For fabric stores, google “your city fabric stores” and go from there. Don’t go to boutique fabric stores, you want a big cheap place with lots of selection. At worst, $7 per tablecloth rental is pretty cheap IMO so that’s a good backup plan if this is all too much work.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

marinesfiance:  You honestly don’t want burlap tablecloths. They are scratchy and smelly. You have to launder them and press them before the wedding.

If you don’t sew, your wedding is not the time to learn or experiment with the decor.

If you can find out the dimensions of your banquet tables, you could make cloths with no sewing by using fabric glue or heat sensitive tape for the hems if you don’t want the cloths to go to the floor.

Banquet tables are normally 30″ wide and 6 or 8’long, so your cloths would need to be 90″ wide (to go to the floor) and the length of the table plus 60″ (to go to the floor).

It’s easy to get the length with no seams, but you aren’t likely to find 90″ wide fabric so you will have to do seams to get the width. To make it look nice you normally would want 2 seams to run right along the edge of the table. In your case if you are using a runner, you could place the seam down the center of the table.

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Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another option that would give you the look you like is canvas drop cloths that painters use. They come in wider widths, but are likely to be more expensive.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

marinesfiance:  you could keep the white table cloths and DIY burlap and lace table runners. Google pics on etsy and pinterest. The burlap is pretty cheap to buy and I bought wide lace on ebay for $1 per yard/metre. There are tuturiols online about working with burlap. Personally i wouldnt do full burlap tablecloths because they’re kinda scratchy for your elbows plus burlap kinda smells like hay so the smell might be a bit strong.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

To keep costs down, I suggest you use the white cloths, burlap runner (you are never going to buy or make one for $3) then add a narrower lace runner down the center of the burlap.

You can find out the width of the burlap runner then order a narrower lace runner from Ebay from $3 and up.

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