How To Make A Tablecloth for An Outdoor Umbrella
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.
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 the umbrella pole is.
The width of the fabric is 54" which is
perfect. Since 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
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
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 measure 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.
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 half 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
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.