My friend has been going to expos lately, and wanted a tablecloth for the “checkout” table to make it look nicer. She had found a ruffled tablecloth online, but it was over $150!
So she asked me if I could make one for her.
I thought about using ruffled fabric, but for the amount I needed, it would have been at least $80. Instead I opted for muslin, and made this one for only $16 in fabric materials. (Time is a different story…)
I love the part in the back! I overlapped the fabric and left an opening so they could put a chair there and also store things underneath without pulling at the tablecloth.
To make one you will need:
- 5 1/2 yds 90” wide muslin* (I used cream-colored)
*Note: Muslin is sold in different widths, if you can’t find 90” you will need to adjust the fabric requirements acccordingly.
- Coordinating thread
- Upholstery thread
- Serger and sewing machine
Step 1: Cut a 35” x 35” piece for the top. My table measured 34” x 34” so I simply added 1” for seam allowances.
Step 2: Cut 4 panels measuring 22 1/2” x 36”. Sew RST (right sides together) along the 22 1/2” edge, so you have one long panel measuring approximately 22 1/2” x 140”. Make sure your serger is threaded with matching thread and finish the seams. Serge along one of the 140” sides (this will be the bottom of the skirt and we are doing this to prevent fraying).
Step 3: Cut (24) 6”’ strips. So these strips will measure 6” x 90”. Stich and serge 4 strips RST along the 6” sides. You should now have 6 VERY LONG strips (~360” long). I know it’s 10 yards long. That’s a lot of fabric, but just think of the finished product!!!
Serge along the top and bottom sides. Yep the long sides. It’s a ton of serging and thread, but it’s better than hemming.
Step 4: Now we get to gather each of these strips to create our ruffles using the upholstery thread. See THIS TUTORIAL step 6 if you need a refresher on how to do that. Working with one ruffle at a time, pin the ruffles to your panel piece that we created in step 2. Then stitch the ruffle to the panel piece.
Here are three of the ruffles sewn on.
Repeat until all 6 pieces are sewn on.
Step 5: Finish both sides (22 1/2” sides) with the serger, ruffles and panel.
Step 6: Pin skirt piece (ruffles and panel) to the square top piece RST. Start in the middle of one side, when you get back around to the end, let the fabric overlap so you leave that finished opening.
Stitch and serge and you are done!!!
Throw it on your table and admire your beautiful ruffled tablecloth!
Oh so pretty! Don’t you think?
Thanks for reading!!