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From: PaulineG
Date: 07-02-2007, 02:11 AM (1 of 7)
A gf of mine has recently bought a large square dining table. It is 5' x 5'. So far she hasn't been able to buy a tablecloth for it although I'm sure she will eventually.

Unfortunately she is used to paying fairly modest amounts for things like this and I wouldn't expect she'll be able to find one for much less than $80-100 for this size as it's not very common so probably only made in top quality ranges.

I've been thinking about making her one as her birthday is coming up (in October so I've still got a bit of time). I sort of figured I would get a largish square and put a border around it with wide mitred corners - similar to a quilt border. I'm just looking for ideas on how to finish the back of the seams so they sit really, really flat. I don't have a serger. I could overcast and trim the edges but I'm not confident I'll get a perfect result.

Suggestions for techniques or even types of fabric that will help me get a good result?
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
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From: DorothyL
Date: 07-02-2007, 02:29 PM (2 of 7)
How about a flat fell seam.
Or make a fake one with a French seam then sew that flat.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: lendube
Date: 07-02-2007, 02:30 PM (3 of 7)
Hey Pauline,

Flat fell seams would look nice. They lay flat and you can topstitch nicely. I just used nothing but on the tent thing I made. They're easy to do.

User: lendube
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From: Longblades
Date: 07-02-2007, 08:39 PM (4 of 7)
Some other ideas for you and your friend. My dining room table is 4' x 5' and I have the same trouble. I have several chair covers that fit it really well. There is a flounce around the bottom but that looks OK. They are the loose ones you just throw over and could be cut to be square. I put a sheet or something under them as am afraid of the padding melting into my table under a hot dish.

Here is a link to an example at Sears on-line. Mine are
70" x 90"

And I made a quilt to fit my table.
User: Longblades
Member since: 07-14-2005
Total posts: 182
From: AndreaSews
Date: 07-02-2007, 09:04 PM (5 of 7)
Pauline, my aunt has a similar sized table. Clever lady, she bought a fabric shower curtain (!!!) and used that quite happily. After hearing her stories of trying to find a large enough square tablecloth, I decided to make her one, and I did just what you said, with a wide border and mitered corners in order to make it large enough to hang nicely. I asked around at the fabric shop and got some good insights: 1) Consider using polyester, b/c it is less likely to retain dining stains, 2) Consider serging those edges on the bottom, or 3) (my choice, since I don't have a serger) just zig zag the edges to prevent fraying, and then I did some top stitching, which also served to keep the seam allowances in place. Auntie love-love-loved her new table cloth!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: material_pakrat
Date: 07-05-2007, 10:48 PM (6 of 7)
Using a twin needle for your top stitching seems to help get the seams lay flat.

Pitty you weren't closer Pauline, coz you're welcome to use my serger.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: PaulineG
Date: 07-06-2007, 06:09 AM (7 of 7)
Well the Spotlight catalogue came out a couple of days ago and they had a few very large square tablecloths in there on special so she's gone to buy those.

I'm still sort of intrigued by the concept though and I never seem to like any that I see for mine (only a 6 seater rectangle) so I might put it on my list of things to do for myself. At least it won't be quite so hard to pick out just the right fabric for the job - I know my own taste a lot better than hers.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
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