Our tablecloth sewing service is temporarily unavailable. 

 

Have you ordered a tablecloth from us before? Don't worry; you will soon be able to do so again, as we hope to relaunch this service within the next couple of months. 

 

In the meantime, you could consider sewing a tablecloth yourself. It is a relatively straightforward sewing project, and most sewists have no trouble with it. 

How to measure fabric for a table cloth

If your table is rectangular or square, measure the length and width of your dinner table. But if your dinner table is oval or circular, measure the broadest and longest parts of the table.

 

Establish your drop length

Decide what you want your drop length to be. The drop length is the length of fabric that hangs over the side of your table. In other words: the distance measured from the edge of your table to where you want your tablecloth to end. 


Usually, table cloths have a drop length of 25 - 30 cm / 10 - 12 inches. 

 

Remember a seam allowance

Apart from oilcloth and crushed velvet, most fabrics will need to be hemmed. This keeps your fable cloth from fraying and allows the fabric to drape gracefully. 

We recommend a 10-cm / 2.5-inch seam allowance. 

 

Calculate how much fabric you need for your tablecloth

You can calculate the dimensions of the required fabric as follows: 

Table cloth length

Table length + (Drop length x2) + (Seam allowance x2)


Table cloth width

Table width + (Drop length x2) + (Seam allowance x2)

Keep an eye on the fabric width

If the width of the fabric is wider than the width needed for the table cloth, you order the yardage you need, and trim excess fabric when sewing. 

 

But if your chosen fabric isn't wide enough, you'll need to sew individual pieces together. 

 

To calculate how many widths you need, we recommend you take the total tablecloth width and divide that by the width of the fabric. And remember to add your seam allowance and drop length! Round this number up to the following whole number. 

 

Then, take the required length (including seam allowance and drop length) and multiply by the number of widths you just calculated. 

 

Have fun!