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Tutorial – How to make a fitted oilcloth table cover

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It’s the small things that can make so much difference to your day I find – either making it the best day ever 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.

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.

Materials Needed

  • Oilcloth fabric (you can find some here or here)
  • Thread – polyester will work better with the fabric as it’s stronger
  • Tape measure

Make a Fitted Oilcloth Tablecover!

Measure the length and width of the table, adding a +1/4″ to each measurement for a bit of ease. Decide on how much over-hang you would like each side of the table, multiply by two and add this to each measurement too.

For example, I wanted a 2 1/2″ border on each side, so measured;

Fabric requirements =
(length of table + 1/4″ + 5″) x (width of table + 1/4″ + 5″)

On the wrong side of the fabric, draw a 2 1/2″ square in each corner. We will use this to create a mitred corner.

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

At each corner, bring the edges right sides together to create a diagonal fold. If you’ve never worked with oilcloth before it can be a bit tricksy because of its size and stiffness of the material. However, you only really need to fold the corner and wonderclips are great at holding it in position for sewing without marking the fabric.

Using the pencil lines as a guide, sew across each of the corners, making sure to forward/back-stitch at the beginning and end of each row.

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

Trim the excess fabric and you are nearly finished! (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!)

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

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.

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

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!

UPDATE: I do this with all my tablecloths and now don’t even bother to trim the fabric, just fold it and place it on the table. An even quicker project!!!!

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

Sx

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