(Closed) Am I crazy to make my own tablecloths?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think you’re crazy!  It’s a big project but you have plenty of time to get it done.  My Maid/Matron of Honor and her Mom made some tablecloths for my shower.  They just hemmed the fabric, and the tables weren’t very big so it wasn’t a huge project. 

I did make the covering for our Chuppah and I suppose that is sort-of similar to a tablecloth.  I ran into the problem that I couldn’t buy fabric that was wide enough to make it all one piece.  I ended up with a seam in the middle of the chuppah, this wasn’t a big deal since no one would notice but I’m sure you don’t want a seam in the middle of your table cloths!

If you order online make sure you get a sample of the fabric first, it’s SO hard to judge a color on a computer monitor!

Good Luck!

Post # 4
1205 posts
Bumble bee

I think we’re both crazy…lol  Just Kidding.

I’m making toppers for all 30 of out tables.  They are going to be square toppers to go on large round tables.  Our venue supplies white. ivory, or black linens, so we’re using the ivory and adding the toppers for a punch of our colors. 

I bought 50 yards of fabric from Joann’s – several varieties of taffeta in bronze and burnt oranges and one latte color.  The toppers are about a yard and a half each and the other fabric is bing used for other projects.  I do suggest that you surge the edges rather than hem them all.  It makes it MUCH simpler to get done.

I also bought the fabric on sale for about 3.00 a yard when it had been up top 15.00 a yard

I was thinking that you could probably find plain tablecloths at a restaurant supply store, if you wanted to do the same thing (plain with toppers) Then when you are finished you can sell what you want. 

Post # 5
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I don’t have any experience with this (I can’t even sew a button!), but I don’t think this is a crazy project to take on, AT ALL. I think it’s awesome! Way more control over the look AND the price, and you can probably sell your handmade linens to someone after the wedding to recover some of the costs. Also, it’s something you can do way in advance, so it has that going for it. 🙂

Post # 6
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

If you’ve got the talent, I say go for it!  You’re using round tables right? I’d think that’s a lot harder to pull off than a square table.. but not impossible. 

Why don’t you buy one tablecloth in the size you need & use it as your template?  

Post # 7
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


I found this link and I feel hopeful that I can DIY our tablecloths…For me it’s not a case of expensive rentals but the fact that the company I was going to use takes forever to get back to me, I was told I’d get a contract and have yet to see one so I’m deciding not to spend my money there. 

I was thinking about using cotton. I bought tailor’s pencil (the marks erase with some water) and might get a compass or try to make a makeshit one so I can get a good circular shape. I know I’m going to need to sew pieces together to make large enough tablecloths but maybe I can also use table runners to hide the stitches? idn… 

Post # 8
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am making my own 80″ square overlays but I am buying the 120″ round tablecloths for under.  Have you looked at buying them online?  I recommend http://www.tableclothsfactory.com

I’m with you – I just cant bare to think of spending so much to rent linens for one night for double the cost it is for me to make/buy.

Plus, when you buy/make these items – you can always resell after the wedding!

Post # 9
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My fmil made mine and it took her like a week or so… so it wasn’t so hard.  She got the fabric from a store near our house.  Not sure how much she bought… I think like 21/2 meters for each for 20 tables plus material to make table squares.

Turns out though that the caterer I found and hired provides linens for the tables.  I still plan to use fmil’s table cloths since they are lace patterned and you can see through them (I’ll put them on top of the basic white the caterer provides.)

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