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Holiday Tablecloth Tutorial

Posted by  ·  November 10, 2012  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016




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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  1. Mindy Fawn Niualiku
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
    I was looking for a new table cloth to make for this years holiday season! thanks for sharing...
    Thanks for being so creative,
  2. Barb
    Saturday, August 10th, 2013
    Thanks for the tip on the corners! Really makes a much prettier finished edge!
  3. Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
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  4. Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    I am genuinely grateful to the holder of this web page who has
    shared this fantastic post at at this time.
  5. Annissa
    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
    Hello! That table cloth is gorgeous! I am a beginner at sewing and just received a sewing machine for Christmas. I am looking forward to making this once I know what I am doing. :)
  6. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Thanks for the tutorial. Great idea!
  7. Cottagemama
    Sunday, November 11th, 2012
    I just emailed the folks at Skip to my Lou to see if they can fix the links. I know the links within the post are working so try clicking on The Cottage Home link right after the Bake, Craft, Sew logo and you can come right over :)
  8. Sunday, November 11th, 2012
    Gorgeous as always, Lindsay! It's so fun getting wrapped up in the holiday spirit!
  9. Sunday, November 11th, 2012
    I'm marking this page in my favs! I would love to try to make one! Thanks for sharing!
  10. Sunday, November 11th, 2012
    Wow, why the mystery of mitered corners so clear now! Why did I think they were so hard before??? So eager to give it a whirl! :)
  11. Valeri
    Sunday, November 11th, 2012
    Thanks for the tutorial. I also love vintage inspired cloth...always on the look out!
  12. Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Love it! Wish I could sew! but... the links don't work :( Thanks for the tutorial though :) Going into my 'someday' file!
  13. Cottagemama
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    I hope you guys make one. It's so easy and a great way to use your favorite holiday fabrics!
  14. Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Thanks for the great tutorial. I think I'm going to make this in some coordinating superhero fabrics for my daughter's birthday party. Love it!
  15. Nicole
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    links to cottage mama don't work
  16. Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    It's the details I miss. Top stitching and the corners. Thanks for the great tutorial!
  17. Margaret
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Love the table cloth! Can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing :)
  18. Donna
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Thanks for showing how to do those corners! As much sewing as I do, I never realized how to the corners this way!!
  19. June K
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Love the tablecloth. Thanks for the tutorial. It's always corner (on anything) that I have problems with.
  20. Lee
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Lovely table cloth, hope I can find a suitable fabric to try this .
  21. Elizabeth Wilhour
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Great tutorial, I think I may just have to do this for Christmas and maybe a couple of other holidays to add some cool factor to the table.
  22. Diane B
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Now I need to go to the fabric store to make gifts for those new brides in my life who don't own one! Oh yea, I'm going today! Yay!
  23. Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    What a lovely tablecloth!
  24. Suzanne
    Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    Thanks for the tutorial!