Besides sewing on my porch cushion project (sixteen cushions to re-cover!) over the weekend, I went through my picture file and realized I have way more than one more tutorial for you from the guest room upstairs.
This second project was back in the fall – the very first thing I made for this new room – this fringed table topper.
What was I thinking when I told you there was only one more project to cover? I still need to show everything I did to create the window treatments! (That slap you hear? Palm hitting forehead.)
OK. So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll throw in a tutorial here and there for the panels and the shears behind.
For today, let’s get the table topper under way. HH loves to pheasant hunt, so I made a Roman shade for a window upstairs before it was broken in the tornado and replaced almost three years ago.
I cut away the mitered border and cut a piece of lining the same size. The size was about 50 inches square.
Stitch together with right sides together, pulling the lining 1/4-inch beyond the topper fabric edge as you sew the seam along two edges. On a serger, the cutter will cut away the lining extra.
If using a regular sewing machine, trim away 1/4 inch from two adjacent sides of the square before sewing.
The reason you make the lining piece smaller than the top piece is so that when you invert it and press the edges, the lining will be hidden behind as the top fabric rolls over the edge.
You want to leave a 10-inch opening in one corner as you sew. After inverting and pressing the seams, press both edges of the opening fabric to the inside.
Top-stitch the fabric and lining close to the edge of the turned-under opening.
The final step is the fringe. Begin at a corner. Simply lay it over the edge – about a half an inch from the edge – and stitch to the topper. You could hot-glue it instead, but that doesn’t hold up over time.
At the corners, fold the fringe under to make the turn and continue stitching. It’s a thick lump, so take it slow. It’ll mash down as you stitch.
When you get to the end, fold under and stitch over the fold and the beginning end of the fringe all at the same time.
It’s pretty thick, so take it slow. The skirt beneath is a Tailored Table Skirt like the others I made during the last few months.
This skirt is made from fabric rather than a table cloth…the same fabric as the fringed pillow with the button tassel.
Toppers are so quick and easy to make – quicker than a pillow since there’s no hand-stitching.
Do you like to use table toppers to change a look quickly?