Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sewing: Oilcloth Tablecloths


I can't get enough of these super easy table cloths. I love oilcloth. I love the bright patterns and slick texture. I love how easily they wipe clean. I don't love the fact that they're made with PVC, but I'm hoping limited exposure isn't a big deal!


So here is my pile of tablecloths. I made three of them for Audrey's first birthday party (shared with her cousin Kate): The red polka dot, the red pears & apples, and the yellow strawberry. I just made the acqua cherry with oilcloth I purchased for Audrey's preschool bag. The tablecloths are LONG (3 yards each!) to fit our long patio table and they are perfect for picnic tables in the park.
Love it!


RESOURCES

Oilcloth: Mendel's, Oilcloth by the Yard, Fabric.com, Doxie Shop, Denver Fabrics
Rickrack for a great price at http://www.doveoriginalstrims.com/

PATTERN (Instructions)

Table Cloth/ Splat mat

  • Yardage: 3 yards for picnic table length; 1 ½ yards to cut to 47” square; or any desired length…
  • Notions: Jumbo rick rack (5/8” wide; 1 ¼” from zig to zag) (5 ½ yards for 45” square; 9 yards for 3 yard cloth)
  • How to: Cut tablecloth/splat mat to desired length (for 47” square, fold on diagonal and trim to square) and edge with rick rack (position so rick rack is centered on the edge and top stitch close to edge).

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you hem the oilcloth before adding rick rack or just sew the rick rack right on to seal your edge?

Anneliese said...

@Anonymous: I didn't hem the oilcloth first--I just sewed the rickrack right on the edge. There is no fraying! So nice. You could also look at my rickrack napkin tutorial for another way to do the rickrack by sewing it to the right side and then flipping towards the wrong side and top stitching. With that method half the rickrack shows...

Lindsay RC Wilson said...

For those really anti-PVC (I kind of have the same feeling as you), and alternative is laminated cotton. Unfortunately, it also costs 2+ times as much as oilcloth, but there is that option at least.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Thanks for posting your oilcloth tutorials! I have this post linked to mine today, nice job!

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