Choose a cotton fabric that has some drape, but is not sheer - really, just run your hand over the samples at the store and think "tablecloth? tablecloth? tablecloth?"
After the fabric is cut to the length you need, all you do at home is hem the thing. You can be fancy and do a rolled hem, or you can do what I did here: a zig zag stitch on the raw edge and turned up once with a topstitch. The people who normally gather around my table are not likely to examine the hems on my tablecloths; I like to think I am a much better cook than that!
|It's not my blog style to iron before photos.|
This is my new tablecloth for the dining room table with one board in it. I had plenty of tablecloths for no-board status (72x55") and two for two-board status (108x55"), but none for one board (90x55"). At a sale at the fabric outlet, I got this fabric/tablecloth for $15. I was quite happy with that price and the tailored look. And Mr. Thrift admired it, too; oh happy day when we agree on home decor!
Any tips on where you find nice, big tablecloths that don't cost a fortune?