An easy DIY tutorial for a raw edge linen tablecloth
I have a thing for nice linens. No doubt I inherited this penchant of mine directly from my Grandma who lived with us for the last 14 years of her life.
Grandma embroidered all our sheets and pillowcases and sewed many a napkin and tablecloth for our use. It’s because of Grandma that my kitchen has been basically paperless for the past 15 years or so.
I made linen cocktail napkins a wee bit back, and with Fall approaching, I’ve been hankering for a linen tablecloth as the canvas for my Thanksgiving table. I liked the washable linen I used for my cocktail napkins and decided that the same fabric would work just fine for a linen tablecloth.
So without further ado, here’s my instructions to make a linen tablecloth and napkins.
My dining room table measures 42″ wide by 77″ long, so I bought 2.5 yards of fabric which is 58″ wide. In the perfect, Williams-Sonoma world my table cloth would’ve been closer to 70″ wide to give me a longer drop, but I have enough formal tablecloths and so I was fine with the drop being just a tad shorter.
I had initially planned to put a simple hem all the way around the tablecloth. But before I was going to do that, I wanted to wash it, so I just put in a loose zig zag on the raw edges. But, as is usually the case with me, something unexpected strikes my fancy and I change course.
Part of my zig zag stitch came loose in the wash and a wee bit of the raw edge became frayed…and I liked it! Keeping the edge frayed instead of hemmed also had the added benefit of not losing any further width in the hem.
A note about ‘washable’ linen. The linen I used is 55% linen and 45% rayon. The rayon helps the linen be a little more ‘drapey’ rather than ‘crisp’ and doesn’t wrinkle quite as much as 100% linen. It did shrink a wee bit in the wash, but not enough to be significant. I washed it cold water and tumble dried it on a very low heat. I can very easily see setting a table and not ironing this tablecloth. It has just a wee bit of scrunch to it when not ironed, but not enough to be considered ‘messy’.
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