Post # 1
Has anyone gone DIY route with their table linens? They are the single most expensive line item on my rental contract. My Future Mother-In-Law has been hounding me the entire engagement for ways that she can help and she can sew, so I’m wondering if DIY linens are worth while and how difficult it is.
Post # 3
I didn’t because I ended up borrowing some from my church but I was going to. I was just going to go buy some cheap white table cloths from the thrift store or dollar store and then dye them purple. It would be very easy.
Post # 4
We are. We found upholstry fabric that they were liquidating for $25 for the whole bolt (something like 50+ yards) in a nice green that is close to my wedding color. Cut it up, sewed it, and they look awesome. The nice part about it is that we can sell the fabric as yards of fabric, or as linens after the wedding!
It depends on how much you’re willing to put it/how much time you have. We saved a bunch of money, but sewing all that (even in straight lines!) was a pain in the butt.
Post # 5
I DIY’ed table runners. Buying the fabric cost the same as renting the runners and even if I can’t sell them after I’m not farther behind. I also don’t have to worry about any damages ie: candle wax.
Post # 6
So much respect for people who made their own wedding linens. I would have died if I had to make fifteen 120″ round tablecloths. Washing, folding, and ironing was hell enough! I mean, I’m pretty decent with basic sewing projects… but how the hell do you manage a perfect circle of that massive-ness? lol
We purchased our own linens (chair covers, tablecloths, and napkins) and set them all up as well.
1) It was way, way cheaper than renting!
2) We knew exactly what would/wouldn’t match our decor or color scheme.
3) We didn’t have to worry about pick-up or drop-off fees, or damaging anything.
Post # 7
I tried to do this and it was a disaster. I ended up wasting like $100 on linen.
Post # 8
If you Fmil is a good seamstress it will be a piece of cake for her. My aunt made lines for multiple family members, so I plan on having her buy the fabric and making mine. The only thing I would say is have a steamer and roll rather then folding the linens so they don’t get creases in there. I done them for other family members weddings.
Post # 9
We did and while it saved us some money, it was also a headache. We had to iron ALL the linens before and remember, you need for all of your guest tables, your cake table, guest book table, we had a few for the table behind the bar, etc, it added up FAST. I think at the end of it, we had 25 table cloths, they were each 10 or 11 feet long and 6 or 7 feet wide. Not easy to iron. My mom did most of it, I love that woman.
I ironed all 175+ napkins, sorted through and picked out any of the crappy looking ones. Side note- I ordered from linentablecloths.com, the quality is not consistent and they have a really strict return policy, I didn’t check them until it was far too late to do anything about it. I had a dozen that basically went in the trash.
After the wedding, they all had to get washed, ironed, and then we sold them on Craigslist. BUT we didn’t realize that they had gotten all yucky in the bags while we were away on our honeymoon, so my mom had to super bleach them in her top loader machine which was a HUGE hassle.
I wish I had just rented, it was a definite headache.
Post # 10
The best prices for linens I’ve found so far were at smartyhadaparty.com
Post # 11
My mom got a bolt of upholstery fabric at a garage sale for very cheap and is willing to make mine. Six or more tablecloths for 6-foot rectangular tables. I’m excited to see how they turn out.