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Make Fall Fabulous: Tablecloth Overlay with Cool Corners

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Today’s Re-imagine & Renovate project not only showcases a new fabric spin, it also features step-by-step notes to create a variation on the corner accent treatment, and it emphasizes a great idea from the original tutorial: two layers. A plain fringed underlay and a patterned flat overlay. By making the underlay from a neutral fabric (we used an off-white linen) in a simple fringed design, you can reuse it over and over with new overlays. It’s a fast way to change out the look to match the season or a holiday celebration. Plus, the narrower overlay can be made from standard width fabrics. We added a set of matching napkins in the accent fabric. 

Our tablecloth overlay was made to fit the same 97" x 40" table we used for the original project. The instructions (see the link below) show you how to figure your own custom sizing for both the fringed underlay as well as the overlay. As you can see from the photo above, the overlay is designed to fit flat on the tabletop, with just a bit of reveal all around, and the “accented corner drops” are a subtle depth. 

All the dimensions are under your control, so you could certainly go wider and deeper. Just realize that if you go too much wider, you will need to seam together panels in order to go beyond a standard 44-45” fabric width. If you make this choice, check out our tutorial about how to seam together large panels so they look great and seam visibility is minimized: Joining Fabric Widths to Make an Extra Wide Panel.

A big thanks to our friends at FreeSpirit Fabrics for providing the beautiful fabric from the Flea Market Fancy Legacy Collection by Denyse Schmidt, which was a Spring 2012 fabric debut.

For our base panel, we used 2¾ yards of Flea Market Fancy Legacy in Bouquet Gray.

Four our four accent corners and four matching napkins, we used 1½ yards of Flea Market Fancy Legacy in Medallion Orange

We found Flea Market Fancy Legacy at these S4H Marketplace vendors:


Fashionable Fabrics

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. The corner drops were done using a standard quilting technique. 
  2. Cut the base tablecloth panels as a full piece; in other words, do not notch out the corners. 
  3. From the accent fabric cut FOUR 10” x 10” squares.
  4. Place one square in one corner of the tablecloth, right sides together, aligning the outside raw edges.
  5. Using a clear ruler and marking pen or pencil, draw a diagonal line across the square, from corner to corner. 
  6. Stitch along the marked line. 
  7. Using a clear ruler and rotary cutter, trim away the lower corner of the square (both layers), ⅜" from the seam. 
  8. Fold the triangle down into place and press the seam allowance together and toward the main table cloth.
  9. Topstitch ¼” from the seam line. We used a contrasting gray thread against our mostly orange fabric to match with the gray of the main panel. 
  10. Repeat to create the accent drop triangle in the remaining three corners. 
  11. Hem the entire panel with a ¾” double turn hem with neat corners. 
  12. Edgestitch the hem in place all around.
  13. If you are new to hemming or these clever corners, check out these two tutorials:
    Quarter Inch Double-Turn Clean Finished Corner
    How to Make a Simple Hem
  14. The set of matching napkins are made using the same hemming technique but with a simple ¼" double turn hem.

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Thanksgiving tablecloth overlay and matching napkins go to the original tutorials:

Fringed Tablecloth and Overlay

Easy, Single Layer Napkins

Hints and Tips

Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics in order to Re-imagine & Renovate your own new creations? Check out these tutorials:

How to Mix & Match Designer Fabric Collections

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Tips for Mixing Prints

Mixing & Matching Colors, Patterns & Textures

Making the Right Fabric Choice


Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild



Comments (3)

Mama Martin said:
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Had to smile at the Thanksgiving suggestion.  In Canada, it is over and done for this year! (Oct 7)

kittyklaws65 said:
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This is absolutely beautiful!! Love the colors you chose and the design is simple yet beautiful.. Can't say it enough. Sewing is such a wonderful way to express our creativity and wouldn't quit if I had to. Keep up the good work and thank you so much for your work. S4H rocks!