Cheesecloth for table runners?

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Yes!!! I am planning to do this as well. I found some I liked on Etsy and then asked her what grade she used. She said Grade 60, so I plan to then purchase that grad ewholesale and dye it the colors I want. 

 

I know that was sneaky but I can’t afford like $50 per table runner when the wholesale price for 100 yards is like $70.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

libellules :  I’m not sure, I haven’t done it yet! Almost positive you’d be able to find a tutorial on Pinterest or something? I actually got the idea because I came across a wedding planner’s Instagram account and she was drying her newly dyed cheesecloth on a clothes line…and I figured, well shit if the lady can make her own and then charge a nice price for rental for her clients, I could save that money by making my own, too! 

 

If I think back to crafty days tie dyeing as a kid, I think it’s pretty much just 1) buy fabric dye (RIT is a popular brand) 2) mix with a bucket of water (temperature of water may be a thing to think about? Not sure if it’s boiling or cold) and 3) put on gloves, plunge into water, hang to dry. 

 

There are definitely instructions for different types of fabric on the dye box usually. But with unbleached cheeselcoths I feel like nothing special needs to be done, as it’s a natural fiber fabric (not synthetic like spandex or anything.) 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Sorry for my typos, I’m on my phone! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I just googled “wholesale cheesecloth” and came up with a bunch of places. I’m probably going to order from cheeseclothfabric.com . They have rolls or boxes, and many different widths. I’ll probably go with the 36″ width because I want to bunch it up and make it flows, instead of just a straight table runner. I want it to look like this:  

 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2017

libellules :  did you end up buying + dyeing your cheesecloth!? I’m planning on doing the same thing! How did it go?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

libellules :   eindrc :   tomkitty :  Ok so I’m planning to do this too.  I’ve got a bunch of RIT dye and just placed an order for 60 yards of 36″ cheesecloth… and now i’m not sure how to start! I’m planning banquet table-style seating, but won’t know my exact table configuration until sometime next year.  Do I just make table-length runners and assume the ends will be tucked down between the tables or laid over each other to disguise the ends?  Or do I try to dye 30-40-foot lengths?  What did you do?

Post # 11
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Busy bee

denkyem :  I haven’t done it yet! I’m debating what to do as well because I haven’t figured out how many of each size table I am having. I really want to do the long 8foot tables but I’m not sure what I’ll be able to fit in my venue…

 

I think the first thing to do would be to determine how many of each table you’ll probably need. Then, search “table linens sizes” on google and you’ll probably get a chart or diagram explaining the sizes (length and width) of all possible table cloths. That help me envision how I wanted my table runners to lay. Personally, I want my table runners all the way to the ground so I am planning for that. 

I haven’t actually done any of this yet though. I like your idea of just dyeing huge lengths of it at once and cutting it as you need it…. I don’t know why I didnt think of that!  I would say that if you do that, plan ahead of time how you’re going to dry it. Wouldn’t want to be stuck with like a mile of cloth dripping wet with dye but nowhere to hang it to dry. (Our dryer just broke and I’ve recently had wayyyyyyy too many experiences with not properly setting out towels or blankets to dry and then they smell terrribbbleeeeee and get mildewed.)

 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Oops, re-read your post. So when you say banquet style, you don’t mean two or 3 8fts pushed together, you mean like MANY tables pushed together? In my opinion, if I were doing that, I would calculate one long length. I think that would look better than separate table runners tucked in. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

 

tomkitty :  yeah that’s right — it’s a combo of 6 feet and 8 feet tables.  The configuration I’m imagining would have a couple 30-foot tables and a couple 38-foot tables but that could shift around a little depending on final guest count and how we space things out — and as I’m currently 10 months out it’s way too early to confirm anything.  I want to get started now though because it’s summer and I can use the back yard and clothesline! I think you’re right that tuck-ins would look bad but I think the edges of cheesecloth are so soft I could probably blend one length into the next in one or two places if I have to just by laying the ends on top of each other.  Maybe I’ll see how that looks and go for 20 foot lengths to keep it manageable? Got to see how much fabric I can fit in my big pot!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Those pictures look like some sort of sheer cloth, not cheesecloth. RIT dye is supposed to be done with hot water, the hotter the better. I would not suggest dying cheesecloth with it. I feel like cheesecloth would take dye so readily that there are easier options. There is also the fact that you will likely only use it once. You might want to try gel based food coloring mixed with water or kool-aid. 

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