Holiday Tablecloth Tutorial

In case you missed my post last month over at Skip to My Lou………

Over the holidays we tend to have a lot of visitors since a lot of our family lives out of state. For the last several years I have used a solid red tablecloth for our holiday entertaining, but this year I thought it would be fun to create a new tablecloth that we could pull out for holiday entertaining. I found this fabric over at the Martha Pullen Store when they were having a big sale and I fell in love with it. I adore prints with a vintage vibe and this one was just what I was hoping to find for this tablecloth.

I designed this tablecloth to almost look like it has a table runner going down the center, however it’s completely sewn into the tablecloth. This is a fun way to use to coordinating fabrics by combining them into one tablecloth. Let’s get started………

Holiday Tablecloth
Length approximately 106″ long

3 Yards center fabric (Cut 31″ wide x 108″ long)
3 Yards border fabric (Cut 2 pieces 18″ wide x 108″ long)
Basic sewing supplies


NOTE: You can definitely adjust the measurements and sizing to fit your own dining room table. Ours is rather large, so this was designed for a longer table. If you have a smaller table, just reduce the length measurements to fit.

Cut your tablecloth pieces. You should have one center piece and two pieces on either side of the center piece. Sew the side pieces to the center piece by lining up one raw edge of the side piece with one raw edge of the center piece (right sides together) and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Do the same thing for the other side. Press the seams open.

Make sure that if you are using a directional fabric that your print is facing the right direction. As you can see in my tablecloth, it would have looked a little silly if my Christmas trees ended up up side down.

Hem the tablecloth. The hem is very basic. Press up 1/2″ towards the wrong side of the fabric and up another 1/2″ towards the wrong side of the fabric all the way around. The only part that is a little tricky is the corners. A Dritz Ezy-Hem is a wonderful tool to have in your sewing basket. You can also use a regular hem gauge as well.

To sew your corners, fold in one corner piece by 1/2″, then fold it over another 1/2″. Fold in both sides by 1/2″ and then fold them again by 1/2″. Do this on all four corners.

Sew all the way around the hem using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

And that’s it! How easy was that? A pretty new tablecloth just in time for the holidays. Fabric used was from Anna Griffin’s ‘Isabelle‘ line. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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  1. Lindsay it’s vintagy perfection! I love how you incorporated the ‘runner’ right into the whole cloth. Nothing drives me more crazy than when the edge of a runner gets caught on all the glasses and makes for a ‘bumpy’ table but you’ve solved that problem and created a really lovely tablecloth. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. So pretty! And I LOVE Anna Griffin fabrics!

  3. this would be a cute idea for other months of the year by just changing out the fabrics to suit your mood. thanks for the great idea.

  4. Love it! I almost bought that fabric!! Now I’m wishing that I had.

  5. Love it! I almost bought that fabric!! Now I’m wishing that I had.

  6. Lindsay that is so awesome! I love the vintage look too!

  7. I am inspired! But it won’t happen before Christmas, maybe after. Thank you for the directions on the corners. I always have issues with corners, and that looks very doable.

  8. Okay. I have a question. I am looking at that bottom picture. Why does it look like the tablecloth is trimmed in the opposite fabrics? is it my eyes playing tricks?

    It looks like the tree section is edged in the star fabric and the star fabric is edged in the tree print?

    or is it reversible??? Can’t really figure out what I’m seeing there in that picture!


  9. Jackie sherrill says

    How Beautiful is this!!!!
    I wish I was a sewer like you.
    I am jealous.



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