Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tablecloth Makeover/ Dining in the Aviary

I gave my old plain grease-stained black tablecloth a facelift this week with just a long piece of fabric. 
  1. Cut your fabric to the size you need, making sure it is at least 2-3 inches longer than the tablecloth or whatever you are covering.
  2. Fold both long sides of the fabric under half an inch, press and pin. 
  3. Lay tablecloth flat on floor, lay fabric over it. Center the width by measuring the distance from the edge of the fabric to the edge of the tablecloth and making sure they are equal on both sides. Do this on the top, middle, and bottom so it is lined up all the way down. 
  4. Once you are satisfied it is centered, go back to the pins that are already in the fabric and pin them again threw both layers, still keeping your pressed edge folded under.
  5. Sew down both sides, leaving a quarter inch, like this:
  6. Now you should have about an inch and a half of the un-hemmed fabric hanging off both ends. Fold under half and inch and press, fold over again so that it is all the way under the tablecloth fabric and pin. 
  7. Sew down both of those sides. This is the underside of that seam:
Give it another good ironing and you're done. It's really simple, but for some reason that explanation doesn't seem that simple. I promise it is. 

And now I have yet another bird thing in my dining room. I really didn't mean to get all theme-y in here, it just kind of happened over time. 

This little bird is from a vintage shop in Charleston, and the ducky candle holder is from a local thrift store.

This set of owl playing cards is from an antique store in Old Milford.

This and the other 2 framed prints in the first photo are also thrifted.

So that's how the birds took over this room. 

Today's crafting soundtrack: The Welcome Wagon. If you are going through Sufjan withdrawals like I am since he got all existential and decided not to make music anymore, you might like them. 


  1. That's awesome. And thanks for the music suggestion. We do miss Sufjan!

  2. Oh how I love the bird thing. Your tableclothis truly beautiful! Mom


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