(Closed) Please, need fabric help!

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Cotton & Rayon are both natural fibers, which means they will wrinkly horribly & they will launder (but not well).  I would stick to a man-made fiber (polyester would be your best bet.)  They do sell tablecloth fabric at fabric stores.  It’s generally near upholstery fabric, and on a tube.  It is usually water-resistant with a soft backing.  There are actually some prettier options (not all red & white checks).

Ex: http://www.joann.com/deluxe-flannel-backed-vinyl-54-wide-15-yard-roll-white-lace/xprd1130061/

The other thing I would consider is that most fabrics fray when they are cut.  Are you going to hem all these table cloths?  That is a lot of work.  Good luck!  I hope you find something you love.

 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@eocenia:  That looks like a really high poly blend.  I think it would work beautifully.  Good for you for doing all that work.  I have been sewing since I was 14, and would never take on that task. That’s awesome.

Also, if you are worried about spills, they do sell clear, lightweight vinyl that you can use to cover tables over the fabric.  It is really inexpensive, and this way nothing would actually touch the fabric, but you could still see it.  You could just cut the vinyl the size of the tables, so it is just the fabric draping off the sides of the tables, too.  Just a thought.

Good luck with your project.  I am in awe of you!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@eocenia:  If you are thinking pretty floral tablecloths, I have a feeling that flannel backed plastic as the pp suggested is not what you are looking for. And unless you are having a casual barbeque wedding, I am not thinking that too many brides are going to choose to cover their linens with clear vinyl.

Cotton may wrinkle, but you can press the cloths  ahead of time, hang on cardboard tubes slit lengthwise and placed over a hanger wire. You then will only need to steam out the soft fold marks after they are on the tables.

Talk to the saleswomen in the fabric store. They will be a fount of information.

Remember that you will need two lengths of fabric for each tablecloth so the cost can add up. For a floor length (120″) cloth that is almost 7 yards of fabric, so your $5.98 per yard fabric will be $42 per tablecloth.

If that is too costly you could consider doing a smaller overlay over a white or colored cloth.  The kast fabric you showed us would look beautiful over a robins egg blue cloth. You would still need to piece the overlay  ( a full width in the middle with a 1/2 width seamed down each side) for standard round banquet tables  but it will require less fabric.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Could you just rent table cloths from a party rental company and take them with you to the wedding location?  Just an idea – and maybe it’ll save time/money from having to buy and hem all those table cloths…

Post # 10
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424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

That fabric IS really pretty though!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@eocenia:  You still might be able to buy online if you find  great deal. Talk to salespeople in the stores, but if they don’t have something you love, order online after you have educated yourself.

If the tables are rectangular, the task will be much simpler. You only need the width of the table plus the drop you want on each side for the width of the cloth . Ditto for the length. You can likely find a fabric that is wide enough so you won’t have to seam it. Look in the decor section. Upholstery fabric will be too heavy but they do keep wider fabrics in this section also.

Don’t forget to think creatively. You might find the perfect print in a flat sheet or a fabric shower curtain.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@eocenia:  You could also ScotchGard the fabric if you’re using a natural fiber. It will help liquids “bead up” instead of soaking into your linens. I would definitely do that over putting vinyl on your tables!

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