(Closed) DIY Tablecloths?? HELP!!!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I was thinking of this… getting bulk buy fabric and sewing tablecloths, then making overlays in the same way. It would take time, but…

The problem is finding cheap fabric! I don’t know the sizes/shapes of my tables yet, either. I might just have to bulk buy cloth when I go to China this Autumn.

FYI, I would not use plastic. I think that would look cheap, although several family members use plastic to protect the wood on their tables, then place old blankets or fabric on top, and then place the cloth tablecloth on top of that. I think the blankets are to prevent the tablecloth sticking to the plastic and looking cheap… maybe you could try that?

Post # 5
902 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Look online because that’s the cheapest you’ll get.


I’ve found 60″ round for as low at $7.99 and rectangular as low at $9 both are polyester.  The longer round ones are anyway up to $11

Post # 7
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@augustbabe05:  what are your colors? 

We had plain white come with our venue and just did a runner which was much cheaper but still a nod to the colour scheme. Otherwise I’d say look online. There’s some deals way cheaper than buying fabric and sewing yourself and you could sell them after to recoup some of the cost. 

Post # 8
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d say no to the plastic too!  I’ve been looking online for cheap ones but, particularly because I live in Canada, I keep getting nailed with shipping costs.  Problem is, fabric (even plain white) isn’t super easy to find either – I’d have to beat $20 + Tax rental price to make it worth it. Also my tables are round, so I’m thinking that might make it totally out of the question – does anyoe know how to sew a round tablecloth?  Definitely doing runners though, I would recommend that to anyone looking for a cheap easy project!

Post # 9
46413 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@augustbabe05:  Do you know the size and shape of your tables?

Square or rectangular cloths are obviously the easiest to sew.

Circular cloths are more challenging because you likely won’t find fabric wide enough to do it all in one piece. If you do you just fold it into quarters and use a measuring tape to mark the radius of the circle  then cut along that line.

Make it Monday – How to Sew a Round Tablecloth

If you can’t find fabric wide enough you will want to have 2 seams with a solid piece of fabric for the middle of the table, then do the same as above.

Sometimes you can find a great buy on inexpensive sheets and use those for fabric. Depending on the size of your tables , queen or king size sheets might work.

A viable option is to buy inexpensive white cloths and make runners. You can sell the cloths after the wedding.

Check online retailers, ebay, amazon and craigslist.

You can check all craigslist sites at the same time by going to  http://www.google.com

enter        site:craigslist.org

then add what you are looking for    e.g purple tablecloths

Here are the results for that search


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