Tutorial for a fitted oil-cloth table cover

It’s the small things that can make so much difference to your day I find – either add the finishing touch or be the thing that leaves you counting to ten and taking deep breaths.

Tutorial for a fitted oil-cloth table cover by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

One of the things that has had me pulling my hair out recently is Littlest Boy’s habit of pulling the tablecloth any which way he can when he climbs up at the table, often resulting in the spillage of whatever’s on it, or the perfectionist in me getting very annoyed that the tablecloth isn’t just so!

And this morning I decided that I could remove this stress from my life! I had some spare oilcloth in the cupboard (I normally get a meter at a time and find that this does two tablecloths), did a little bit of measuring and off I went.

Using the length of the table  (+1/4″ for a bit of ease), I trimmed the fabric to give a 2 1/2″ border so that all the sides would be equal. For example;

Fabric requirements = (length of table + 5″) x (width of table + 5″)

I then drew a 2 1/2″ square in each corner on the wrong side of the fabric to create a mitred corner.

Bring the edges right sides together to create a diagonal fold in each corner. I’ve never worked with oilcloth before and it is a bit tricksy because of its size and the material. But we got there in the end with the help of some wonderclips to hold it in place for the next step!

A quick bit of sewing across each of the corners following the line I’d drawn…….

….a trim of the excess  fabric and I was done! (Can you see I’ve already had to make a second tighter line – I figured it would be better to work generously so that I didn’t ruin the fabric!)

Turn the corners out to the right side and voila! One fitted tablecloth! It could maybe be a little snugger on the corners, but I’ll see how this works out for now.

It made lunch a lot more peaceful I can tell you! And I’ll try not to dwell on the fact that I could have done this ages ago and instead enjoy the little bit of peace that it has bought to my days now!

Hope you’ve found some little things to enjoy today,


Today’s sky ● blue with some clouds

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  1. March 7, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my bunnies and well done for getting your corners all sorted!

    S x

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