Pretty Cover-Ups…

I decided to step out of my comfort zone, at least as far as my dining table goes.  You see, I’m not much of a table cloth person.  I mean, sure, for a nice dinner, or a holiday feast, I’ll throw a table cloth onto my table, and even though it does look nice, I do it mainly because our table leaf is home-made, made from a sheet of plywood, and it doesn’t match the rest of the table.  So why was I willing to venture out?  Well, I’m a mom of a three year old, and not just any three year old, but the mother of a three year old boy.  I just got tired of scrubbing the table with a dish brush after meals.

So while at Target the other day, I wandered over to the table linens section.  (I have also decided that the target, Target refers to, is the customer.  I don’t know a single person that can walk in there and only buy what they intended to.  I swear they pump the air full of Buy-Me pheromones or something.)  I found several that I liked, and finally settled on this one, from Dwell Studio.  Only one problem, my table is square, and it seems they only sell round and rectangular table cloths.  Oh well, I can work with that.  I grabbed a 60″ x 84″ rectangular one, along with a ton of other things.

When I got it home, I opened it up.  I had measured my table before I went shopping, and at 42″, I knew the table cloth was too big, but I was crossing my fingers that the 60″ length wouldn’t be too long.  Turns out it was perfect…

but the 84″ side was just a tad long.

Ok.  A lot long.  But no worries, because I have a sewing machine, and I’m not afraid to use it!

I broke out my math skills, and measured 25″ inches and chopped it off.  I needed a square, and 84″-60″ = 24″ and I added an inch for seam allowance.  Of course, only now that I type that, do I realize my mistake.  I should’ve only taken off 23″, so that 61″ remained.  Dang.  Oh well.

After slicing, I folded and ironed my fabric.  First, half an inch….

and then, I folded it over itself, and ironed it down.

Then it was off to the sewing machine to stitch it all in place.  You can’t even tell that I hemmed it!

Even better, I have a 25″x60″ scrap of fabric left to do anything with.  I think I may make pillows for the living room.  The two rooms are visible from one another, and I think it could help unify my home.

I still can’t believe I mixed up my measurements.  Oh well.  You can’t tell, and the new table cloth really does brighten up the space.  I’ll have to wait to see what Husband thinks.



Filed under DIY, Home Design, House Tour, Sewing

3 responses to “Pretty Cover-Ups…

  1. caedwin

    Looks good! When I saw that one online, I thought it looked like your style. Hope hubby likes it.

  2. why don’t you make a bag out of it? It’s a pretty and I’m sure robust enough fabric

    • You’re right, it would make a lovely bag, but I have tons of bags already, and I have no pillows on my couch. Plus, I’m excited about the idea of the unity the pillows could bring.

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