(Closed) DIY table linens?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

I didn’t go this route, but I knew of a gal who did. She became the person everyone called for an event because she had all the linens. 🙂

Do you know how many tables you’re going to have? (including cake table, gift table etc.)

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am curious about this also! Linens are so expensive to rent! What I am considering doing is just making square overlays, since that way I would only have to cut squares and hem the edges. I went to a fabric store (Joann’s maybe?) to take a look at fabric and found that you can get some pretty nice fabric for about $10/yd.

I also thought napkins would be easy to make, but they are pretty cheap to rent, so I don’t think making them yourself would be very cost effective. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I wanted table runners, but neither my venue nor my florist had access to runners without having them custom made (yikes!).  

So, I grabbed my cousin because I am so totally out of time with a million more projects to finish, and went to Joanne’s.  They have some expensive fabrics and also some less expensive ones.  I went straight to the discounted aisle and found an awesome crinkled fabric in the color I wanted!  Discounted from $21.99 to $6 a yard!!!  12 tables plus our sweetheart table cost $90 of fabric and my cousin’s time (which I will pay back on other projects after the wedding).

If you’re going to do it, here’s my suggestion (what I did): guesstimate about how much you’ll need and find a fabric you like and can afford– and make sure there’s a bunch at the store!  Get a sample and put the rest on hold.  Go to the venue and look at it on the table. Talk to your banquet manager, if you have one.  My guy was so helpful because he’s very familiar with the room and the set-up.  Get your measurements and hem the edges.  It’ll cost more, but use that iron seam tape if you can’t find the time to sew them.

I think it’s doable, assuming you’re not having 30 tables!!  Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

if you’re going to do it yourself, i suggest the flee market or fabric district to find discounts.  I went to joann for fabric, but they are way expensive in comparison, even on sales (you can get $1/yard instead!).  It sounds like a ton of work, but it is doable.  Goodluck

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

If you know someone who does and is willing, you can try to entice them with a home-cooked meal and dessert (anything with chocolate will usually do the trick).

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Gottabee – there is this stuff you can buy at the store to do hems with that all you do is place it between the fabric and iron it.  I think this would work for tableclothes – its not the best stuff and I use it mostly for quickfixes and halloween costurmes – but for one use table linens it will probably be fine.

Note- test the iron on the fabric first – who knew gold lame would melt when ironeed too long? 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

We’re using colored tablecloths from our rental company, but I really wanted lace runners down the middle of our long rectangular tables.  The rental company doesn’t have any lace runners and their basic runners were 12 dollars apiece.  I found this great website  http://www.laceheaven.com that sells lace trim in all sorts of sizes and was able to buy 8 inch wide lace for only 1.00 a yard.  I was able to get enough for all my tables for less than 50 dollars.  They also have eyelet and lots of other trims and accessories that could be used.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I looked into it, it ended up being a bit cheaper to rent – but I had 24 tables not including the head, and 235-ish chairs with sashs. The we ran into the problem of napkins not really matching anything.

I found a very well priced linen lady so that made it eaiser to pick, that and my Future Mother-In-Law would be doing all the sewing as I haven’t a clue how to work a sewing machine and we both agreed learning on wedding linens wasn’t exactly the best time to do it…lol 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I am still working on the logistics but I think we are going this route as well.  The reason it might be a little cheeper to do it yourself is because afterwards you can sell them back on Craigslist or Ebay and trust me they will go fast.  I have been trying to purchase them this way for a while but can’t seem to get my hands on them.  For those of you looking for supplies at Joann’s fabric, if you sign up on their website, they send you 40 – 50% coupons every so often and they might even take their competitors coupons (like Michael’s).  If you are attempting runners make sure you find some way to secure them to the table cloth (pins, double-sided tape, ect).  Good luck, everyone!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I considered doing this but it was going to cost too much for fabric.

10-12 person rounds are 72" wide.  A linen that goes to the floor is 132" wide.  The next common size down is 120" wide and would be halfway to the floor.  You will have to buy extra wide material to make them in one piece or you will have a seam going down the middle of your tablecloth.  If you go that route you could make runners to cover the seam. 

I had a very hard time finding material that was that wide and the style and color I wanted.  Many materials that are that wide are used for drapes or refurbishing furniture so they aren’t really tablecloth fabric. 

I still think it’s a good idea if you can find the fabric.  Plus you only have a few tables whereas we had 26 tables. 

Good luck!

Robin

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2007

If your lighting is low, you might want to consider using sheets.

I had 40 tables to cover and I wanted them draped to the floor. It was an evening reception with low lighting and lots of candlelight. I knew it would be too expensive to buy that much fabric, so I decided to try using sheets. I bought cream colored ones at Walmart. In the low lighting, you couldn’t even tell they were sheets. They looked rich, draped to the floor. 

A king size fit the round tables just right and were about $13 ea. I had to do some sewing with the 8′ rectangle tables. They ended up costing about $10 ea.

I also used chocolate colored sheets to make runners for each table. I had to buy them in sets, so I placed the fitted sheets over TV trays for cocktail tables on the patio. You couldn’t tell they were TV trays! The fabric billowed to the floor and looked great.

I even ended up buying sheets for the BBQ rehearsal dinner, red and white. They were twin size, $3 ea.

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