From My Idea File: A Reversible Tablecloth

I like to make tablecloths for our kitchen table to freshen things up, so I thought it would be fun to share my process with you.

My kitchen table is oval, and measures 47 inches by 66 inches. It also has three leaves/extension pieces to make the table larger, which comes in handy when we have family over for special dinners or parties.

I wanted my new tablecloth to be reversible, so I ordered 3 yards of two fabrics from the Loulouthi collection (Summer Totem in Tart for side 1 and in Strudel for side 2), and 1-1/2 yards of another fabric (Clippings in Passion) to use as a border.

Here’s how I made it:

(all seam allowances are 1/4 inch)

Preparing the Two Main Tablecloth Pieces:

  • Fold each 3-yard fabric in half so that the selvages meet, and cut piece in half. (My 2 new pieces measured 54 inches wide by 44 inches long.)
  • Square-up both ends of the fabric by making them a 90-degree angle to the fold: Fold the fabric along its length, selvages together. Align a rotary ruler at 90-degrees with the folded edge, and cut a straight line with your rotary cutter. The fabric’s cut edge should now be at a 90-degree angle to the folded edge.
  • Trim off the selvages, and resew the fabric pieces back together along the edges where the selvages used to be. The newly pieced-together tablecloth now  measures 54 inches wide by 88 inches long. Top-stitch 1/4-inch from the center, on both sides of that center seam.
  • Repeat these steps for the second fabric, which will become the reverse side.

Adding Borders:

  • Cut the contrasting border fabric into 3.5-inch strips, and piece them together to make new strips long enough for the longer sides and shorter ends of the tablecloth.
  • Lay the border strips on the long sides of one of the tablecloths, with right sides together. Sew the border strips to the long sides of the tablecloth. Press seam allowance flat (I pressed toward the border fabric). Sew border strips to the short ends of the tablecloth. Press toward border fabric.
  • Repeat for the second tablecloth.

Assembling the Two Tablecloth Pieces:

  • Lay one of the large tablecloth piece on a flat surface (such as large table or kitchen floor), right side up, and tape down to secure. Lay the second tablecloth piece on top of the first piece, right side down, so the right sides are facing. Pin along the raw edges. Remove tape.
  • Stitch the pieces together, leaving an 8-inch opening for turning.
  • Turn right side out through opening. Pin seam allowance at opening.
  • Top-stitch 1/4-inch in from the seam where the border attaches to the tablecloth. Top-stitch 1/4-inch in from the the outer seam of the border.
  • Press

Lay your new tablecloth on your table, and listen to your family admire your work!

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Here’s how you could apply this process to your own table size:

Measure the width and length of your table. Add 10 inches to those measurements for a nicely draped overhang.

Purchase yardage according to the dimensions you determined above. Remember that cotton fabric comes in 44 inches wide and home decorator fabric comes in 54 inches wide.

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Thanks for stopping by!


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