Thanksgiving Tablecloth 101

The Making of a Thanksgiving Tablecloth

This year I decided to make a new tablecloth for our Thanksgiving table.  I was feeling a little “modern” this year so I made my way to the nearest home decorators fabric store and started my shopping experience finding my new material.  The weather in Florida is often very nice for dinner on the porch so I purchased outdoor fabric for my table cloth.  This tablecloth can also be used on my dining room table inside.

First I measured the width and length of my table adding 8” drop on each end of the table plus an inch for hemming.  Having my dimensions written down, I headed out for shopping.

Bringing my fabric home, I found that it was not cut straight.  I found the straight grain of my fabric and re-cut the fabric to straighten it out.

Then, off to the ironing board and sewing machine.  I turned the long selvage edge on each side under, pressed it and sewed it down into a hem using a simple straight stitch.  Selvage edges won’t ravel away, so just turning it under one time is sufficient.


The ends were tackled next.  I folded the edges over and stitched twice to form a hem: first steam ironing in a 1/2” hem and straight stitching once, then, folding in another 1/2” hem, steam ironing and straight stitching again to finish the hem.

Place on the table and enjoy.  Wasn’t that easy?

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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