Thanksgiving Tablecloth Project

by Kimba on November 24, 2008

in Seasonal Projects

If you read my post at Blissfully Domestic last week, then you know that I flipped my lid over this tablecloth from BHG.

I did a half-hearted search knowing full-well that I wasn’t going to spend a bunch of money on a tablecloth that I could only use for a couple of days. Besides, I wanted to take a shot at making my own version.

Do you remember the painter’s drop cloths that I used to make outdoor curtains on my back porch? They were around $6 each and the fabric is perfect for a rustic tablecloth. I cut one down to the right size for my table and frayed the edges.

Tip: If you want to keep the raw edge of a piece of fabric from fraying, you can dab it with a product like Aleene’s Stop Fraying Glue. It’s flexible and washable. I did that with this project because I want to be able to put the tablecloth in the wash without ending up with a pile of string.

For the words, I found a font that I liked and typed my text into Microsoft Word in a really large size (this was like 350 pts). Then I printed out the text and trimmed and taped the multiple pages together into one long sheet.

Here’s where it gets a little goofy…I taped the long sheet to my sliding glass door since my fabric was too heavy to see the text through it unless it was back lit.

I secured my fabric on top of that so that I could see the text through the fabric. If your fabric is a little more sheer, you can skip this step. Then I traced the outline of the text onto my fabric with a marker.

You know that your husband has given up when he sees you taping a piece of fabric to your sliding glass door and he doesn’t even ask what you’re doing. Poor man.

Tip: When you’re tracing your text, take special care to make sure you’re always writing on the same side of the fabric. It would be a major bummer if you traced an entire phrase on the wrong side of the fabric TWICE! Not that I did that or anything.

Last step…Paint over the traced lettering with fabric paint. I used a brown with a little bit of shine to it. Here’s a link to the product that I used.

Once I finished the tablecloth, I started staging my kitchen table so that it would look all pretty like the one from BHG. I was going to set it with my pretty white dishes and the good napkins. And then I thought…

Oh, come on. We all know that it’s going to look like this in a matter of minutes. Just being real.

I’m really thankful for the people who keep me real.

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1 Jessica November 27, 2008 at 12:30 am

It looks fantastic – such an effective idea. I must try it – maybe for Christmas.

Hope the early rising is still going ok!

Jessica 🙂 (A fellow 5.16am riser!)

2 Do it yourselfer November 27, 2008 at 7:35 am

love this…i wonder if i have time to do this before 2pm today?

3 Anonymous November 27, 2008 at 5:48 pm

wow! you go girl!

4 "Dove" November 27, 2008 at 8:53 pm

BHG has nothin’ on you, girl! What a great project. Thanks for the inspiration.

5 Jodi November 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm

great job – love it!

6 Kendra November 28, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Great job on the DIY! I just may replicate your project for next year! Thanks for the inspiration!

7 The "Powers" of Home School December 5, 2008 at 7:26 am

What a wonderful idea.. I did not see in BHG— but I love your idea! Where would I find your curtains you made for your outdoor porch? I have a screened back porch with lots of windows and would love to dress it up a little 🙂

8 Gabrielle August 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

I like your table cloth much better than your inspiration!! Anyone who would spend the $$ for the one you saw is just crazy!

9 oh amanda October 26, 2009 at 11:15 am

How much do I love this??

(a lot.)

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