(Closed) Did anyone MAKE their own tablecloths?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I answered this post and then my internet messed up… boooo…

I am making chair sashes (6″ x 80″) and square overlays (80″x80″).

Are you planning on using a pattern?  Making a round tablecloth would probably drive me batty since I am such a perfectionist.  120″ or 132″? 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@EffieTrinket:  I have made many tablecloths for other people’s social events including weddings. The difference between these cloths and commercial cloths is that it is almost impossible to  find fabric wide enough so that you don’t have seams.

For a round cloth you would have two seams. Place one full width of fabric in the center with a half width on either side, so you don’t have a seam down the center of the cloth.

What kind of cloth are you hoping to have?

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I made them for my brothers wedding.  It was really fast and easy but my mom has sewing shop for draperies so we had commercial grade machines and huge tables for cutting. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@julies1949:  I was lucky, another benefit of having a drapery shop you have access to many textile wholesalers that sell 120″ wide fabric. With that you cut square 120 X 120 pieces, fold twice to make a smaller squaee and use a quarter pie template to cut the round edge. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think unless you are so lucky as to have huge tables and industrial machines, the time and effort plus the cost is not worth it. I bought table cloths for $7 a piece. Fabric that isn’t cheapie calico is that much a YARD. And if you are making round its even more because there is so much waste. Have you looked at linentablecloth.com? I got mine they and. They were cheap and nice. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@EffieTrinket: unfortunately most only sell to companies. Plus it’s still fairly costly, could you just rent instead of buying? 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@EffieTrinket:  I’m making small squares for the centerpieces of round 8-people tables.  My venue provides tables and tablecloths, but I bought this: 

http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/839048

from a vendor on Spoonflower.  I am just hemming the edges of a pre-cut fat quarter, it’s pretty simple.  Nothing like actually making a table cloth, but I don’t think that would be too difficult, either.  Especially since you probably are comfortable with a sewing machine.  It’d really just be measuring correctly, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. No one will notice.  Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get the project done before your wedding.  No last minute stressing over tablecloths!

 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@EffieTrinket:  I made the table cloths for my wedding. (OK, I made one or two and them mailled all the fabric to my mother and she did the rest… I over-estimated my ability to everything myself!)  Like you, we went with the DIY option because the linens available from the venue weren’t to my liking.

I had long banquet hall style tables (rectangular) so I didn’t have any trouble getting fabric… but it was a very expensive option.  Darling Husband almost nixed the idea completely when we got to the cash register and he discovered we’d be paying $350 for table cloths… WITH the 40% off coupon.

Some fabric stores (JoAnn’s and Hancock come to mind) sell a few extra-wide bolts of fabric – normally intended for drapes or upholstry.  But the fabric tends to be pretty heavy and fairly pricey. The king sized sheets would probably be a good source for fabric wide enough to avoid the seam – but again, it can be a pretty pricey option.  Depending on the actual size of your tables, you may be able to find a curtain that is large enough, or even a shower curtain could work if you find one made from a quality fabric. 

Have you considered buying white table cloths and dying them yourself?  They’d be solid colored, of course, but you could use a table runner in the other color.  Another option – I’ve seen (on pinterest) people paint their own stripes on to a fabric (using tape to ensure even lines.) I think I’ve mostly seen chevrons painted, but it works for straight lines too. http://www.reckless-glamour.com/2010/11/painted-curtains.html

I think your idea sounds quite lovely – though it has the potential to be labor intensive!  Good luck.  I hope we get to see pictures!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@UmbrellaMoon:  Ohhh… I really like the idea of painted stripes!!!  Maybe a watercolor feel…

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