Here I bring you an easy tutorial to make a simple patchwork tablecloth. I’ve used some leftovers from another project to make it. This one is made from Essex Linen using some neutrals and blue for a touch of colour.
As I had some espare small pieces, I decided to make some coordinating napkins for a perfect look on my table.
The finished size for this tablecloth is 75″×55″ , but you may adapt the size to your table increasing the length of the larger background rectangles.
- Fabrics Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman:
- White Bleached: 2 yards is exactly what you need (no margin for errors). You may purchase 2½ yards and make with the reminders of the fabric some matching napkins.
- Flax: 1¾ yards
- Indigo: ½ yard
- Espresso: ¼ yard
- Cotton thread
- Sewing machine
- Quilting ruler
- Wonder clips or pins
- Pressing iron and board
- Finished size: 75″×55″ (table cloth) // 10″ square (napkin)
- Width of fabric is assumed to be 42″
- Use always ½” seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
For the tablecloth:
- White Bleached – (4) 28½”×20¼” *, (6) 5″×20¼”
- Flax – (2) 28½”×17½”*, (3) 5″×17½”
- Indigo – (8) 3″×20¼”
- Espresso – (4) 3″×17½”
*To make the tablecloth longer, increase the lenght of the units with an * . For example, if you want to make it 10″ longer, add 5″ to each unit: cut (4) 33½”×20¼” * from the White Bleached fabric, and (4) 33½”×17½” * from the Flax fabric.
For the napkins (each):
- White Bleached – (1) 6½” square, (1) 3½”×6½” , (1) 2½”×6½”, (1) 2½”×3½”
- Flax – (1) 4″×6½”, (1) 4″×3½”,
- Indigo – (1) 3″×6½”, (1) 3″×2½”
- Espresso – (1) 4″×3″
First of all, lay your pieces out in three rows of nine as shown below.
Sew the pieces in rows, facing them right sides together and using ½” seam allowance. Overlock the seams using a serger or, in case you don’t have one, you may use an overlock stitch from your machine. Then press all the seams to the side. Press the seams from top and bottom rows towards the dark fabric and the seams from the centre row towards the background fabric.
Sew the rows right sides together, pinning carefully to match the points. Then overlock the seams and press to the side.
Fold the edge of the table cloth ½” along the whole perimeter and press. Fold it ½” again and press. Secure the folded edge using pins or wonder clips.
Top stitch along the inner folded edge.
The process for the napkins is pretty similar to the table cloth. Lay your pieces out in 3 rows of three as shown below. Sew the pieces in rows, right sides together. Overlock the seams and press them to the side: Top and bottom rows towards the background fabric and the centre row towards the dark fabric.
Sew the rows right sides together. Overlock the seams and press them to the side.
Fold the edge of the napkin ¼” along the whole perimetre and press. Fold it ¼” again and press. Secure the folded edge using pins or wonder clips. Top stitch along the inner folded edge.