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.