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|See below to determine fabric yardage.|
|So how do you know how much fabric you’ll need?
First, measure the diameter of your table, which is, of course, the measurement through the center from end to end. Mine is 42″.
Next, you’ll want to determine the “drop” of your tablecloth, which is how far over the edge of the table it hangs. This can vary depending on formality and the type of table. A formal tablecloth, or a tablecloth for a side table, like a nightstand, may reach to the floor. For normal dining uses, you’ll want it to be from 8″-12″ long. I used 11″.
So we have our diameter and our drop. Now we need our hem. You can do a 1/2″ hem, or 1″. So, starting at one end of the tablecloth and going across to the other side:
So my round tablecloth will be 66″ in diameter before hemming it. OK, so we’ve figured that out, but how much yardage do you need? Here’s the thing: Unless you have a tiny table, your final diameter will probably be wider than the width of the fabric you are using, so you’re going to need to piece this together. I’m going to need several pieces of fabric that are 66″ long. I cut mine a bit longer than that because I wanted to be sure I had enough. So I cut two pieces 70″ long.
**Please keep in mind that if you have a fabric where you need to match repeats, you’ll need extra yardage depending on the repeats. Please see this post for more information.**
|Lay out your big piece of prewashed/preshrunk fabric. From one end, measure the length you determined above. Mine was 70″. My unhemmed diameter is 66″, but I gave myself a few inches leeway.|
|Use your first piece of fabric to measure your second piece. Now you have two pieces the same length. (In my example, 70″ long each.)|
|Take one of those lengths and set it aside. Take the other length and fold it in half, lengthwise. So now it’s half the width of the fabric but still 70″ long.|
|Cut the fabric in half lengthwise but cutting on the fold. Then trim off the selvages. So now you have two pieces that are 70″ long by half the width of the fabric, and one piece that’s 70″ long by the full width of the fabric — but trim the selvages off of that wide piece, too.|
|With your wide piece in the middle, sew each of the narrow pieces to either side.|
|So you end up with this.|
|I serged the seams so it would look nicer and wouldn’t fray.|
|Now fold the fabric in half so that the fold is in the middle of the wide piece and the two seams line up on top of each other. I smoothed the wrinkles out better than it shows in this photo before proceeding.|
|Now fold it the other way so that it’s in quarters and the folded corner is at the bottom right.|
|You’ll measure out from that folded corner. I like to pin a tape measure here. Honestly, if your accuracy is off by a touch, it really won’t matter on this particular project. Also see our tutorial on creating the perfect circle.|
|Start at one side and measure the RADIUS of your circle, which is ONE-HALF the diameter determined above. We are measuring from the center point of the tablecloth, so we only need half of the measurement.|
|I am doing 33″. Using a fabric marker, mark this point.|
|Continue around the arc, measuring every inch or so, thus creating a dotted line. Then cut on this dotted line. When you open it up, you’ll have a circle.|
|You might think that hemming a circle will leave you with little folds and gathers. Sometimes that happens in projects with smaller diameters where the hem width to diameter ratio is bigger. But in this case, it’s such a big circle that you won’t have that problem. I left room for a hem that’s 1/2″ (1/2″ folded under, then folded under another 1/2″). In reality, I did more of a 3/8″ hem. So fold it under and press.|
|Fold it under again, press and pin all the way around.|
|Sew the hem. Wasn’t that easy?|