Summer is upon us. It is the time when we take a break from the monotony of the corporate world and surround ourselves with friends and family. On a warm evening, there is nothing more appropriate than marking the arrival of this holiday season with a barbecue party. And with all your favorite people singing and exchanging good-natured banters on a table laden with piping hot food, there is a chance for you to reveal your talents. Alongside food, you can also put your individuality and creative flair on the table. Making your own tablecloth is one of the easiest ways in which you can give your table a personal and a seasonal touch. Best commercial embroidery machines are there to help you in your venture. Meanwhile, here are a few tips to help you in your sewing project.
When you design and make your own tablecloth, you can be sure that it will fit your table accurately and will also reflect the essence of the occasion. If you take the measurements right and give the edges a pristine, professional looking finish, your tablecloth will serve the purpose much better than a store-bought one.
Pick the fabric
For that professional look, the step of prime importance would be the selection of an appropriate table cloth fabric. Table clothes are there to get stained and soiled from food. Therefore, choose a fabric that you can machine wash and dry very easily. Cotton is good, but it has the tendency to wrinkle excessively. Save yourself from the hassle of ironing it by choosing a mixed fabric that resists wrinkling. A cotton/polyester blend will work just fine.
Measure the table
The next big step would be to take accurate measurements of the table. This will also determine the amount of fabric you require for the tablecloth. If by any chance the finished product exceeds the width measurements of the table, then you can stitch panels to it. You should keep in mind that the overhang measurement for a well-designed tablecloth is the same throughout its perimeter. The cloth hangs just above that the chair seats.
For a square or a rectangular table, you need to measure both the width and the length. And then decide the amount of the cloth you want to overhang from the top of the table. An informal tablecloth has an overhang of about 12 inches, in any case, it should be a little above the chair seats. On the other hand, formal tablecloths can drop to the floor. The measurements should be such that the overhang is 1 inch above the floor. When it comes to a round table, you are to take measurements of the surface diameter and add two times the intended overhang measurement.
Make sewing a hobby
You can add versatility to your table cloth by embroidering on it. If you have never done any sewing, you can always start as a beginner. As a newbie, take up small projects that you know that you can complete and can savor the satisfaction as you finish. You can gradually take up more difficult sewing techniques, such as zippers and gathering. If you do not have access to a sewing machine, you can easily get one as they do not cost much.
For more information, look here: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/10/how-to-make-a-tablecloth.