Thanksgiving Tablecloth

by Kimba on November 15, 2010

in Do it yourself,Seasonal Projects

Waaaaay back in 2008 (have I really been blogging that long?), I did the most ridiculously time-consuming DIY project ever. It was fussy and tedious but I still love it. And with Thanksgiving coming, I thought I would share it with you again…complete with crummy pictures and all.

Last week, 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 Fray Stop. 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 thick to see the text through 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 fabric paint with a little bit of shine to it.

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 April November 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

this is such an adorable Idea, I love this time of year, a time to count your blessings, to be thankful for all that has been given and also to give to those less fortunate. Thank you for your inspiration.
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2 michelle November 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

I think it looks great love it


3 heidi@thecraftmonkey November 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

I LOVE it! Love Love LOVE it!

4 heidi @ wonder woman wannabe November 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

You’re such a clever girl! Looks great!

5 Rachel November 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

That is so gorgeous! And I’m cracking up at your husband not even thinking it was unusual to have your art project hanging on the slider 🙂

6 Kim November 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

WOW what a cool idea…. thanks for sharing
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7 Courtney(WomenLivingWell) November 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

Wow! This is beautiful! What a great idea to print and put it up to the window to the get the script! I love the centerpiece with the corn stalks too – gorgeous girl!!!
Much Love,
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8 Stephanie@Geezees November 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

OOHHHH…i really like that, very festive!
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9 Annelise November 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

This would make a fabulous gift, have time to make one more? I am thinking Chirstmas with a wonderful song on it. Thank you so much for my inspiration for the day!

10 Marion November 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

I love to think about all the people who will gather around, over the message – what a testament to gratitude!

Still, the picture with the beautiful cloth and the “stuff” is just perfect.

11 Jennifer Juniper November 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

Love this tablecloth – and I think the drop cloth was the perfect way to go with this one! Great idea to tape it to the window, you could also use transfer paper from Joann’s. It’s paper covered with chalk that you lay down under the words then write on top of the print out. When you lift it up the lettering will be on your fabric!

Glad to see you back – missed you 🙂
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12 Christi {Jealous Hands} November 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

Loved it then, love it still!

13 Rondell November 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

So neat!!! Thanks for being real, mine would be the same way!

14 Alicia November 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

I love that BHG table. I actually have it in my “future perfect” file. great idea!

15 Marsha November 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

Kimba, I love this idea! Laughed out loud at your tip for not painting on wrong side! That is so what I’d do!!! 🙂

16 Holly November 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

You did a fantastic job! My husband wouldn’t have said anything either, he’s getting used to my ways (or getting use to ignoring them).
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17 Amy November 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

this turned out great! i love it and now i am really wantn to make one for the Christmas holidays!
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18 Christine Aldinger November 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

i love this and a drop cloth is perfect….but sadly i go away for T-Giving so my mind is working away for a Christmas tablecloth….hmmmmm

19 Melanie November 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

GORGEOUS!!!!! And what a beautiful reminder! Love this!!!!

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20 gail November 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

Kimba! I love everything about this! I’m making over my kitchen and a drop cloth table cloth would be perfect!

Plus I have several on hand since I bought them on special at homer’s last month!

thanks for a great tutorial
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21 Shauna November 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

i LOVE this!!! not only am I a huge fan of creating things for less, but this is just such a great idea, I am Definitely going to have to give this a whirl myself! thanks for the inspiration 😀
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22 angela November 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I love this idea! I’m going to try it. Thanks to you!
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23 Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue November 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

That is a gorgeous table cloth! Beautiful!

24 Heathahlee November 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

It was gorgeous in 2008, and It’s gorgeous now! : )
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25 Amanda @ Serenity Now November 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

What a beautiful tablecloth, Kimba!! I love that you made your own rather than spending extra $$, especially with Christmas on the way. 🙂 Great job! Would you mind me adding this link to my Thanksgiving linky this week? I need some Thanksgiving related ideas b/c I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time this year!! 🙂

26 katie kirby November 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm

It looks wonderful!

27 Debbie November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

LOVE it!!! I especially love the rustic look with the frayed edges. Great job!
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28 Laural Out Loud November 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I remember this post! I never got around to doing the tablecloth and have forgotten about it, so this was a grea reminder about a great project. Since we’re out of the country for Thanksgiving this year, I might make one for Christmas instead.
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29 Laurel November 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

This has been on my to-do list for 2 years. I still love it!

30 claire rose November 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Wow- what a fab tablecloth-love the words and font-simply elegant!!

31 Darlene November 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

This was so worthy of a repost… especially since you went to all the bother of taping it to your door and all.
Love this project. How does it look this Thanksgiving????

loved meeting you at Relevant!

32 Sherry @ No Minimalist Here November 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

This is fabulous! Love it, love it.
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33 Julie Cartwright November 16, 2010 at 4:40 am

Hi, I have not commented in a while as i lost your link but now i have found you again. I can see you are as creative as ever, this is a wonderful idea and design, very clever.
Have a wonderful day. Julie

34 Al November 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

Creatively cool idea – thanks for sharing – gotta try it.

35 Southern Fried Gal November 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Even better the second time around! This would be a perfect addition to my linky party today if you get a chance! I’m hoping to get all these great ideas in one place!
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36 Richella at Imparting Grace November 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Oh, I remember that post! I loved that tablecloth then, and I love it now. And I love that you re-posted it. I think that some of the bloggers online now might not have been born in 2008. Well. . . that might be a slight exaggeration. But you know what I mean!

Love you, sweetie! So glad to see you online!
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37 Kirbi Knop November 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

This is gorgeous!! You did an amazing job at re-creating such a natural but beautiful thanksgiving piece. Thanks for the tutorial. I had never thought of using painter’s drop cloths OR fray stop before. So now I am a smarter crafter just for visiting your blog today! 🙂 Thank you Kimba!!

And ps – I love that you kept it real. 😉

38 Stephanie Lynn November 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Love this! Using the drop cloth is brilliant! Looks so pretty ~ Stephanie Lynn
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39 Mary Lou November 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm

What a wonderful inspiring idea!!!!! I will be trying this but maybe after the holidays but you could use it any time of the year…
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40 Katie @ Not Just Decorating November 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

Love this! I’m going to feature it on my friday favorites tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.
Feel free to grab a button if you want.
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41 Pamela November 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

So love the tablecloth. I’ll have to save the idea for next year but I want one on my table!

42 Jennifer@Adam's Rib November 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I love this. Awesome. Your table already looks better than mine. 🙂
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43 Laura November 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

I’m amazed that you kept the letters in tact so well…tracing and painting…mine would be smudged and messy. NICE JOB!!
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44 Tomena November 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I like your better than the BHG’s one! Awesome! I want to make one.

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