I’m a push-over when it comes to fabric. I guess maybe you knew that already. Last week, I shared how I made a Tailored Table Skirt from a remnant and also one from a table-cloth. I love adding toppers for color and versatility because you can change them easily.
This table topper piece was a one-yard remnant. Can’t we always find something to do with remnants?
Because the cording makes it stand out away from the skirt, this topper would look better over a circular skirt. I should make a circular skirt and share the tutorial.
Some people might ask whether to make the topper lined or un-lined. Let’s just take a look as we sew, shall we?
I had the covered cording leftover from another project, and it was the perfect length to use around this topper. (To see how to make covered cording, go to How to Cover Cording for Home Decor.) It’s sewn to the base fabric exactly as with a corded pillow.
Stitch the covered cording around the edges of the topper – and then zig-zag or serge the edges. See how to neatly begin and end your cording in my corded pillow post.
Flip the seam allowance down and press from the top side for a nice, sharp edge against the cording.
At this point, you could be finished. Here’s how the un-lined topper looks on the table. Does it bother you to see the reverse side of the fabric peeking out – and also the exposed seam allowance?
Here’s what it looks like lined. Does it bother you more to see the lining?
You could opt for a darker lining, which I didn’t think about when I made mine. I buy so much cream-colored lining that it’s my go-to for everything, especially when I can use a leftover piece of lining from a previous project.
My MIL scolded me w a y back in the day for leaving a circular table skirt unlined. She said that it mattered because “I” would always know it wasn’t done right. (Rather “she” would know!? Ha!)
Since then, I pay attention to detail and try to give everything a professional finish – even on the under side where no one sees except me (and MIL, apparently – wink).
To line the topper, simply cut a piece of lining the same size as your topper fabric.
It’s basically sewn just like two sides of a corded pillow – one side on top of the other and around we go, leaving a 10-inch opening or so.
Press around all four edges. Fold the loose edge of the opening under and pin from the top side.
Pin through to the lining behind.
That makes it easy to dodge and remove the pins as you stitch close to the edge on the top side.
Toppers are quicker than pillows because you can machine-stitch the closure.
You literally can whip up a topper in less than an hour. I love quick projects like that. Do you?
What’s on your project list this week?
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.