Still, I’m so glad I finished by Mother’s Day. My friend and client lost her mother and grandmother in the same year snd she likes to keep them close by using their things.
But grandma’s vintage tablecloths were made for small kitchen tables Mostly square around a central motif, they needed to be cut down, then sized up to fit a much larger modern rectangle.
Frist, I did a little math. I drew the dimensions of the table I needed to fit so I could get the proportions right. (subtract several inches for you central motif, add for your overhang etc)
The central square became a central rectangle. My seam down the middle was serged (zig-zag is another option) top-stitched, then camouflaged with applique.
I tried to mix flowers but it just didn’t work.. So I ended up pulling different elements from different cloths–flowers from one, leaves from another, my mitered blue band from a third.
And I was lucky. I had several similar weight cloths to design with. It’s so often the case with design–you use a little, and put most of your options aside.
For more projects using 50s tablecloths and other reclaimed fabrics, check out my ETSY store www.kikisrewinddesigns.etsy.com