I can't remember the year he used this bit of magic in his shop, but it brought a lot of joy and sadness to our lives. It took a while to move from Oregon to Montana, so I decided it was time to give him the new outfit he deserves.
I've made many tablecloths for this table over the years, but here's what you need to know about me: I hate ironing big things like this on an epic level. TO HATE. But what usually doesn't need to be ironed after washing? A quilt!
My concern with using a quilt as a tablecloth was primarily with the seams. I didn't want a situation where someone could drop a glass on a lumpy seam and tip it over. I've used a few different strategies that I'm going to share with you here that have avoided this problem.
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Let's start! I'll show you how to do this using my chart. Obviously, yours will be a different size, so you'll need to make adjustments to fit it. You can do this by changing the number or size of the squares.
My table measures 46 5/8″ x 82 1/2″. The finished size of the quilted tablecloth is approximately 60″ x 96″. It overhangs my table 6 1/2″ to 6 3/4″ on all sides.
For the top you will need:
1 1/2 yards of black or very dark gray cotton fabric
1 3/4 yards of dark gray cotton fabric
1 1/8 yards of light gray cotton fabric