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.