Friday, July 13, 2012
fitted oilcloth tablecover tutorial
So I have this table. Isn't it awesome? Kid sized, and big enough for sisters or friends to share. My dad made it for my younger siblings a long time ago, and recently I "borrowed" it for a party and "forgot" to return it. Just kidding, my dad said I should just keep it at our house after the party and I just kept nodding and smiling, knowing the girls would love it. Big surprise that they do!
As cute as it is, there are a couple of dinged up spots on the top, and I had some oilcloth sitting around from my sponsor, Oilcloth Addict, so I made a quick table cover that is wipe-able and slips on and off easily!
I have enough for a cover for the seat too, just debating on whether or not I want to make more bias tape.
Update: I bit the bullet and made a cover for the bench and I love how it looks so much better now!
So here's how I made it! This tutorial would apply to any rectangular table! (or bench)
oilcloth-make sure to measure your table to see how much yardage you'd need, and oilcloth is usually wider than quilting cotton so take that into consideration too.
bias tape (enough yardage to go around your table)
Ok so first I just laid it out and wrestled with it a bit while getting it to line up with the table.
I wanted it to hang down 2.5" on all the sides, a bit past the table top. So I trimmed it down using my ruler and scissors so that it was 2.5" wider than the table top on all sides.
Then I pinched the corners together like so.
Then trimmed off the triangle, leaving plenty of seam allowance room. You want to have wiggle room so it's easy to get on and not super tight.
Repeat with all the corners (or just use your ruler to measure the piece you cut out and cut the same size from the other corners)
Then with each corner, fold the two edges right sides together like so, and sew them together. Since you're not dealing with the top side of the oil cloth, just sew with a regular needle and slightly larger stitches and you shouldn't have any problems. Just don't back stitch too much, as sewing and pinning through oilcloth leaves holes. (tie the thread ends together and trim.)
Then make sure it fits your table! I did have to adjust two corners-so start with a smaller seam allowance on those corners and then you can widen it if needed. I also cut two pieces of elastic to sew in to keep the ends secured down.
So next I just sandwiched the edge into my bias tape and sewed it along the edge. It's ok to pin, as long as you pin inside the seam allowance so you can't see the holes!
Then I made sure to pin in my elastic (6.5" from each end) into the bias tape, and just sewed that right in! When you get to the end/beginning of where you started sewing your tape on, cut a little extra, tuck the raw edge under, and sew it down. Done!