Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Tablecloth That Needed Some Length

I bought another length of home dec fabric, terracotta colored, to make into a tablecloth.  This one, however, shrank so much during its initial washing that it wasn't long enough for the table!  Plus, a 5" section had unraveled badly.

I was dismayed for several weeks and then I thought: why couldn't I add some more fabric on to it?  I had nothing suitable in my fabric stash and I am only buying dress-lengths of fabric right now, so I turned to my scrap bins.



I pieced together a long enough swath and backed it with muslin, so the raw edge of the original terracotta fabric is encased between the muslin and the patchwork.

Then I made up the difference in the frayed area with more patchwork so I wouldn't have to trim down the whole edge and lose width.



Whew.  I'm quite pleased with the rich, whimsical look.  It cost $15 plus scraps and thread.


14 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Cute! And way to go on being resourceful.

My Christmas tablecloth got a hole right in the middle this year. (An unfortunate situation with a too hot candle holder which thankfully wasn't any worse!) I plan to put some cute patches/appliques over it so I can keep using it.

jenny_o said...

So lovely and colourful - nice for this dreary time of year! That is a BIG table :)

Jennifer Jo said...

So quaint and cheery!

Anonymous said...

Hi, sorry about your table cloth shrinking and unraveling. Here's a tip someone passed on to me….baste the raw edges of you fabric before you wash it…..I know it takes alittle extra time but it will really help with the raveling.

Coleen

Sarah Barry said...

I love it. You are so clever,and you have such a distinct style.

So pretty and fun!

Rozy Lass said...

Fabulous. I love the bright colors and who would know you didn't plan it that way originally. Good job.

BLD in MT said...

Do you always use a tablecloth at your house? I'm just curious.

Margo said...

BLD, yes, we always use a tablecloth in the interest of protecting our table. I hope someday we (my husband) can let it get worn.

Lisa said...

Whimsical is a good word for it - it looks very nice.

Hazel said...

It looks fabulous and, as Rozy Lass said, as if you'd planned it all along.

Rebecca said...

You smarty! It's beautiful.

Zoë said...

It's perfect. You are forever inspiring me.

Like Coleen does, I always zigzag or serge around the cut edges of fabric before laundering. Helps tremendously with the problem of unraveling.

Judy said...

So pretty.. I like it even better ,with the patchwork..

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