(Closed) Did anybody else make their table linens?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My mom is making my table topper cloths as the church already has the white linens. I say do it that way you will always have them.

Post # 4
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I didn’t make mine– but I did buy them for cheaper than that! 

Amazon sells everything you need for way cheaper.  I paid $14.99 each for the table clothes and $6.99/12 napkins.  All lovely and professional quality.  $270 for all, then sold for $200 after the wedding. 

Post # 5
13385 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m buying mine, then reselling later.  It’s the cheapest route possible.

Post # 7
38 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Bailey\'s Palomar Resort

We bought our table cloths and my mom made our table runners, everything came out perfectly!

Post # 8
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I made our table cloths. (well, ok, my mom did most of them – I was busy!)

I didn’t like the options that my venue offered, and Darling Husband really liked the idea of colorful table cloths.  We bought a ridiculous amount of fabric (something like 56 yards) – We couldn’t even find that much online, we had the fabric store order bolts for us! 

Our tables were long & rectangular, so it was easy to hem the edges and be done with it.  Darling Husband was appalled that we spent about $350 of table cloths. – but we had ours laundered afterwards and his grandmother is using the fabric to make us a quilt.  (I’m very excited about it!)

If we’d been at a venue that offered a better selection of linens, I wouldn’t have bothered to make ours, but it did work out well for me.

My only concern about your tables is – are you certain that you’ll be able to find fabric that’s wide enough to make your table cloths?  Even a 60″ round will require extra wide fabric, and it can be challenging to find 84″ or 120″ wide fabric in something that you’d want to use for a table cloth.  (I also hate to hem circles, but that’s just me)

Post # 9
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

A friend of mine, and her mom, made 30 tablecloths … took two days and she sold them all for a profit. 

Post # 10
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well, before I found my caterer (who includes linens and table squares), my fmil made my table linens.  She used a really pretty patterned type fabric and made the squares also.  It was cheaper than renting and she plans to rent them out to re-coup some of her money back.  Also, we entertain a lot so now we have nice table linens (she used them for my bridal shower to cover the tables).

Post # 12
46978 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@txrodeo:  You could also check craigslist and http://www.recycledbride.com to see if someone is selling the linens you want.

You can check all Craigslist sites at the same time by going to


enter site:craigslist.org

then add what you are looking for e.g 120″ round white tablelcoths


Post # 13
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I considered buying or making my own (mostly buying), as I could do it for about the same cost as renting or even slightly less. But I realized what I was paying for with the rental wasn’t so much the linen as it was the labor – transporting it to the site, coordinating with the venue to make sure they get on the tables before they start getting set, ironing & cleaning them all/hanging them up, taking them all off at the end of the night.

If you have a lot of people helping, I think buying them can be an awesome option! But for me, I don’t have a lot of people going to do setup the day of, so that’s more what I’m paying for in the linens. I knew that ironing 22+ enormous table cloths would be more than I could handle (especially since my wedding is a couple of hours away and I’d have to transport them). I didn’t want to have to worry about tear down at the end of the night.

Just food for though 🙂 I’m all for people buying & making, just be sure to think of day-of logistics.

Post # 14
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I bought my table cloths but i’m considering making napkins if i can’t find it for cheap.  Or maybe i got slightly cheap and just use paper napkins. 😛

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