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Hi, my name is Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Home and The Cottage Mama. I am excited to be here sharing my tutorial for an easy holiday tablecloth. A big thank you to Cindy for the invitation!

Over the holidays we tend to have a large number 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 (and you could definitely use this tutorial for any season or holiday). 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
  • Iron


NOTE: You can definitely adjust the measurements and sizing to fit your own dining room table. Our table is rather large, so this was designed for a pretty long 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.

Topstitch along the edge of the center piece of fabric on both sides in coordinating thread. This just gives the tablecloth a more professional look. 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 side down.

Hem the tablecloth. The hem is very basic. You can use a basic hem gauge or this fancier Dritz Ezy-Hem for your measurements. 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.

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. I wish I had some of my Christmas decor out to show you how it will really look, but I guess you’ll just have to use your imagination. Also, in case you were wondering, the fabric used was from Anna Griffin’s ‘Isabelle‘ line.

Thanks so much for having me today! It was such a pleasure being here and sharing with you all. I hope you will come over and visit me at The Cottage Home…….I’d love to meet you.

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