Need a quick pick me up for your summer porch or patio? Keep reading to learn a simple method for DIY no-sew party tablecloths and runners.
This tablecloth has you covered. (Pun intended) Its construction is idiot-proof, super-fast, and easy. No sewing is required, which makes this project the perfect choice for your next family meal, small celebration, or party.
Create these homemade custom table coverings for indoor or outdoor tables. No more settling for what the stores are carrying. Match these tablecloths to your home decor or party theme.
They can be whatever you want them to be! Stripes, gingham, buffalo check, chevrons, polka-dots, you name it. Choose exactly what you want; pick the color, pattern, shape, and size.
DIY tablecloths are great for hosting family holidays, showers, graduation parties, milestone birthdays, and parties for your littles.
There’s a small investment of time and money upfront but you can use them over and over again.
One tablecloth typically takes less than an hour and costs less than $20. This no-sew technique would work equally well for table runners and placemats too. Think of the possibilities!
When choosing your fabrics, consider where your handmade tablecloth will be used the most. For the outdoor variety, you will want to shop for outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella. HERE (affiliate link)
Fabric designed with the weather in mind is more durable and has a protective coating. Bonus, this means no prewashing before you start the project and no machine washing post-party.
You can simply wipe it down with a damp cloth after your event. Pretty slick.
If you are making the table covers for indoor use, you can use just about any fabric that will work with the iron-on adhesive. I would recommend that you prewash indoor fabrics before you begin, to allow for fabric shrinkage.
Tablecloth Ideas and Table Runner Inspiration
I chose stripes (affiliate link) for my tablecloths. I have already used them for a graduation party and four backyard pizza parties.
There’s something classic and sophisticated in the stripe. It seems to work for everything. Now that I’ve tried this, I want to try other patterns!
Here’s another shot of inspiration. For a softer and more feminine touch, try gingham…
Are you ready to give this a try? Here’s what you’ll need to begin.
Materials Needed for DIY Tablecloth
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Amount of Fabric Needed for Tablecloth
To determine how much fabric you need, measure your tabletop. Most fabrics are either 45 or 60 inches wide. Most outdoor fabrics are only available at 60 inches wide.
Be sure to select the fabric that is wide enough for your table.
If you have a very large table you may need to sew two widths together, and a sewing machine would be needed. If you are doing a runner, it’s likely you would need only one width of the fabric.
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DIY Table Covering Instructions
1 Cut fabric to fit your tabletop, runner, or placemat.
2 Iron a 1/2 inch hem all the way around your fabric shape.
3 Tuck the hem tape between the hem and iron, pressing as you go.
Storage Ideas for Your Tablecloth
If you’re using outdoor fabric, you can simply store the tablecloths and runners over a hanger in your closet.
These fabrics tend to be heavier and stiffer and might hold up better without multiple folds. For the interior fabrics, hang in a closet or fold them and store them with your other linens.
If you have an event coming up and you are looking for an instant way elevate to your party decor, give this project a try. It really is easy and (visually) rewarding!
I hope you enjoy this easy DIY project idea!
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