Granted, I buy table-cloths on clearance. They always are finished around the edges in the same way, no matter where I purchase them. I should qualify that…anywhere in my realm of shopping.
If you shop at exclusive, high-end stores, there might be better table-cloth edging quality there. 😉
A friend recently asked me to sew around a table-cloth for her tailgate tables. I’d do anything for this friend, so I accepted such a small task at once. Piece of cake.
I didn’t realize the cloth was so large until I got it home and spread it out. It’s nine feet by nine feet! They are serious tailgate-ers. 😉
It’s such a pretty fabric, too.
A simple turned or surged edge wouldn’t do for such a large piece. A larger hem is more appropriate here. I decided on a double-fold one-inch hem size.
To do this, turn down two inches along every edge and press.
Lift up the flap and fold the edge under to the pressed line.
Press again. Now you have double-fold one-inch pressed edges ready for sewing.
Except for the corners. What do you do about the corners?
Unfold and turn the corner down at the two-inch pressed line cross point.
Re-fold the edges to the corner. Nice. Except for the tail stick out.
Unfold and trim the tail.
Fold everything again and pin.
Stitch the pressed folds very close to the inner fold around the entire cloth, pivoting at each corner with your needle down.
This cloth is two pieces of three-yard lengths of fabric sewn together, joining the widths of 1-1/2 yards each. To make the seam stronger, press the seam allowance to one side and top stitch half an inch beside the first seam (with seam allowance under it). Someone stitched the first seam using this pattern-matching technique, so the effect is double stitching.
This cloth is exterior fabric, so it’ll last a long time, through many years of tailgate excursions. 🙂
See? Piece of cake.
To that, I only have one thing to add.
GO TEAM! 🙂
Does your family meet before ballgames to tailgate, gnash, and visit? I want to hear all about it!
I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.