How to Sew a Professional Finish – Better Than Store-Bought!

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.

How to Sew a Professional Finish

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.  😉

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

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.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Lift up the flap and fold the edge under to the pressed line.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Press again.  Now you have double-fold one-inch pressed edges ready for sewing.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

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.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Re-fold the edges to the corner.  Nice.  Except for the tail stick out.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Unfold and trim the tail.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Fold everything again and pin.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Stitch the pressed folds very close to the inner fold around the entire cloth, pivoting at each corner with your needle down.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

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.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

This cloth is exterior fabric, so it’ll last a long time, through many years of tailgate excursions.  🙂

See?  Piece of cake.

http://curtainqueencreates.com/new-pattern-match-technique/

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!

Blessings~

I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.

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Comments

  1. Robin says

    I’m loving this idea! I didn’t see the original post you had on the technique because I was not HERE then! Now, you know, I hadto have an AHA moment while reading this! LOL

    I do have some Christmas fabric downstairs that I want to eventually make into a Christmas Duvet. AND I had also been wondering how I was going to match the fabric to make my different holiday shower curtains AND how I would be able to make fun tablecloths using 45″ fabric without a whole lot of planning and plotting and taking up the entire kitchen floor (and mumbling) when there is a pattern that has to be matched perfectly.

    So THANK YOU!!!!

    • says

      I’m glad this is helpful for you, Robin. It sounds like you have lots to do for next year’s Christmas prep. Make a list, check it twice… 😉

  2. Roxanne says

    My sewing is entirely self taught, and I never knew had to neatly sew a corner! Thank you SOOO much! Duh, it is “sew” easy!!

    • says

      Watching games at home is our favorite. No parking issues, crowds, and everything is VERY convenient. No running out of toilet paper here in our bathrooms. Ha! 🙂

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