The border on this tablecloth is a simple detail that will transform your table into something special. You can make your table linen vibrant and colorful, or go for more classic and neutral shades. With this easy-to-follow tutorial you can turn your next meal into a true dining experience. Try out this fun and simple home decor project!
- Two different shades of linen.
- Measuring tape and/or ruler.
- Sewing machine
You can select whatever shades of linen you like for your own tablecloth. In order to get ready for Spring, I picked out a couple fresh, green shades. This will be perfect when St. Patrick’s Day comes around too! I choose to make mine with lightweight IL020 linen in Flourite Green and Vibrant Green.
Take a look at all the color options for IL020 here >> Colors.
So how much fabric do you need to cut exactly to make a tablecloth? Well, I found this really handy tablecloth calculator online that makes figuring out measurements for your table a piece of cake. You just need to measure you table and plug it into their calculator. It couldn’t be easier!
Once you get the measurements for your tablecloth you can start considering your border. I wanted a 3 inch border for my tablecloth, so I cut a 4 inch wide border.
I made a rectangular tablecloth, so I cut four pieces of linen for the border. Two of these pieces correspond to the length of my tablecloth and two go with the width.
Fold the one edge down a 1/4- 1/2 on all of your pieces for the border.
Measure the width of your folded border to get an exact measurement. I will explain the next step so that it relates to the image above. What I did next was measure this same distance from the top left corner going inwards (to the right) along the folded edge.
Now make a mark with some chalk or a pencil. Draw a line from the point you marked to the bottom left corner.
The image above shows the seam you make over the line you marked. Sew carefully! This will be the corner and your tablecloth, so you won’t want any crooked lines showing.
Repeat this step with the remaining four corners. Make sure you sew the right pieces together and have them facing the right direction. I had to redo my stitches a few times because I wasn’t paying attention. It’s a pain but at least it’s still fixable at this point. After the next step, you won’t be able to simply remove stitches if you make a mistake. It’s time to grab the scissors!
Trim off those edges and leave a 1/4 inch of linen.
When you finish trimming the extra fabric from the corners and iron everything flat.
Make a seam along the entire edge to attach the border to the rest of the tablecloth.
This is what the seam and attached border looks like from the other side. We are finished yet though! There is still one more seam to make.
Now just fold the other edge of the border in a 1/4 -1/2 inch in and make a seam around the entire border.
A good thing to keep in mind before you start sewing this step, is to make the under-stitch match your table linen color and not the border. Just switch out the thread color for the under-stitch on your sewing machine. Leave the same color thread as the border for the part of the stitch that will be visible from above.
Just iron your beautiful table linen and place it on your table. You are all set for the next meal around your table.
*I choose to do sew my bordered tablecloth with two different shades of green. A good choice for the Spring and even St. Patrick’s Day! There are an endless amount of color combinations you can pick for your table linen. Select your favorite combination here >>> Shop colors.
Remember, I used IL020 for my tablecloth, but IL019 and 4c22 work perfectly too. It just depends how thick/heavy you want the linen to be. Il020 is really light and sheer, IL019 is right in the middle, and 4C22 is heavier.
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