Rectangular placemats fit great on a square or rectangular table. But a lot of outdoor furniture sets feature round tables. This is one of those "square peg in a round hole" problems. Our project will help you make trapezoidal placemats, which fit nicely together when placed around a circular table. The sewing is the same as a rectangular placemat, but the shape gives a beautiful effect for each place setting. Your guests will be impressed – especially your seventh grade math teacher.
The book of Classic Picnic Decorating says one must always default to the red and white checked tablecloth. We say, 'to heck with that.' Besides, there's no such book! Instead, we invite you to create your own vibrant and stylish table covering. Our instructions will help you make a banded tablecloth that uses three different printed fabrics. The unique ties at the corners look great and foil the wind by helping secure the table cloth to the table.
Summertime parties have always been a favorite of mine. Growing up, there were a lot of warm weather birthdays in my family, so there were plenty of outdoor events where cake and rapidly melting ice cream ruled, and the world’s biggest problem seemed to be who got to lick frosting off the candles after the big blowout. The preparation ahead of the party was as just fun as the party itself. A pretty tablecloth fluttering in the breeze, bright napkins, icy cold lemonade and crepe paper hats – everything was homemade; of course.
Top-stitching a simple line of ribbon around a ready-made napkin adds a touch of elegance, and can personalize any napkin to the color scheme of your table decor. Once you've mastered this easy technique, you can apply it to any purchased linen. Try a tablecloth, placemat or even hand towel next time. Because there will be a next time.