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How To Make A Tablecloth for An Outdoor Umbrella Table


     Pretty fabrics and accessories dress up an outdoor room where you can sip your morning coffee or tea and read the paper.

  For my umbrella table, I made a circular tablecloth out of Waverly home decorator fabric that I was able to buy on sale. I happen to love Waverly fabric. It's sturdy, very easy to sew with and I love the patterns of the fabric.

Making a tablecloth for an outdoor table

       The first thing I did was measure the radius of the table.  This table is 20.5" on top.  


   Then I measured the diameter of the hole where themeasuring the table for tablecloth umbrella pole is.




   The width of the fabric is 54" which is perfect.  making a tablecloth for a tableSince the table top radius is 20.5", double that to get 41" across the table. That gives us an additional 13" which works out to an overhang of 6.5".

    Folded in half, the fabric is 27" wide.  Measure 54" from the end of the fabric, on the folded edge, and cut it.  Next, fold the fabric in half lengthwise.

marking fabric for a round tablecloth

   At the folded point make a mark.  This is the center where the hole will be for the umbrella. 


       Open the fabric and put the end of your tape measuremeasure round arc at the mark and begin marking an arc on the fabric at 27".


  Continue all the way around until you complete a half circle. Cut the fabric on the marks to make a big circle.

Measuring arc on fabric




   You're going to do the same thing for the hole in the center this time marking the fabric at a 1" arc which is halfmarking hole for tablecloth the width of the hole. (Note: I measured the fabric at 2" instead of 1".  So, my hole is considerably larger than the table hole). Cut the hole then cut a slit from the end of the fabric to the hole.

 outdoor tablecloth   To finish the edges, you can use seam binding for the inside of the hole, the opening and the hem.  I chose to use long strips of the same fabric and finish the edges like I would with seam binding. I put velcro down the opening to keep the tablecloth closed. You can use whatever works best for you.

     For the hem, I turned up 1/4" then another 1/4" and ran a machine stitch around.

     What I especially like about making the tablecloth out of the Waverly cotton is that I can easily wash it and put it out again for the next sitting.








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Jo Ann, I owe you a MAJOR thank you! My heartfelt thanks for your efforts with my dress. Everyone loved it.
I am eternally grateful!

Sherry L.                            Margate, N.J.