Skirted Tablecloth with Flower Button Napkins
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Time: 4 hours
Use the Ultimate Ruffler to create perfect gathers on this adorable tablecloth, and use up scraps of fabric creating adorable yo yo and button embellishment for the napkins. You can use a variety of patterns and colors in your project, as Holly did, or find a color palette to match your home. This project is quick and easy to make, so you can put it all together in time for your next dinner party!
Janome Supplies Required Any Janome Sewing machine
Blue Tip needles size 75/11
Zig-zag foot A
The Universal Ruffler
Fabric and Notions Required
Yardage according to table measurements of three different fabrics for tablecloth (for tablecloth top, first tier, and second tier)
1 ¼ yard 45” wide fabric for napkins (makes 4 napkins)
Scraps of accent fabric for yo yo’s
Scraps of fabric to cover buttons
4 shank-type buttons
All purpose thread in colors to match fabrics
Polyester thread in color to match first tier of fabric (for making gathers)
Fabric marking pen
Rotary cutter or scissors
Hand sewing needle
Basic sewing supplies
Coffee Mug or household object to use for yo yo template
Measuring and Cutting Instructions
1. Measure your dining room table. The main fabric (ie, the fabric which will cover the table) will be cut to the size of your table, plus 1” for seam allowances. So if your table measures 60” x 80”, you will need your fabric to measure 61” x 81”.
2. If your table has rounded or large corners, you will want to create a template for trimming the corners of the main fabric to fit the table. To do this, position a piece of cardstock under the tabletop on the corner, and use a pencil to sketch the outline of the table. Measure ½” from this line (for seam allowance) and draw a second line. Cut out the card stock on the second line and use this template to trim the corners of the main fabric piece.
3. To obtain the length of fabric strips you will need for the first and second tiers of fabric, multiply the perimeter of the table by 1 ½. In our example, each would measure 420. We need this extra length to compensate for the gathers.
4. Cut the fabric for the first tier 5” wide, and the fabric for the second tier 8” wide.
Create the tiered pieces
1. Stitch first tier fabric strips short ends together to make one piece that measures 5” x 1 ½ times the perimeter of table (5” x 420” in our example).
2. Stitch the second tier fabric strips short ends together to make one piece that measures 8” x 1 ½ times the perimeter of table (8” x 420” in our example).
3. First we will create the bottom hem of the tablecloth. Turn under one long edge of the second tier fabric ½” and press. Turn under an additional 1”, then press and pin in place.
4. Stitch along the fold to create a hem. Set aside.
5. Attach the Ultimate Ruffler to your machine.
6. Set the Ratchet Gear Feed Plate (located on the top piece of the Ruffler) to 12. This setting causes the ruffler to make a pleat every twelve stitches.
7. Set the Ruffling Depth Adjustment Screw to 8. This setting controls the depth of the pleats.
8. Thread the machine with polyester thread in the needle and bobbin.
9. Place the long edge of the first tier fabric in the Ruffler - underneath the ruffling blade and above the cloth guide plate.
10. Stitch slowly along the entire length of the fabric; the Ruffler will make tucks in your fabric as you go.
11. With right sides together, pin the second tier fabric to the first tier fabric, with the NON-ruffled side and the NON-hemmed side together. Stitch together to create the tablecloth skirt piece.
For additional instructions on using the Ultimate Ruffler, click here.
Attach Skirt to Tablecloth Top
1. Starting in the middle of one side and leaving 2” at the beginning of the skirt, pin the gathered edge of the tablecloth skirt piece right sides together to the large piece of main fabric. Pin carefully when working around the corners.
2. Trim excess skirting fabric leaving 2” tails at the beginning and end of the skirt.
3. Leaving 2” unsewn at the beginning and end of the skirt, stitch in place using a ½” seam.
4. Place the remaining skirt tails right sides together along the short side. Pin in place, making sure that they are snug against the main tablecloth piece. Stitch tails together. Press seam open.
5. Matching edges and seamline, stitch the remaining unsewn area of the skirt to the main tablecloth piece.
Create the Napkins
1. Cut four pieces of fabric measuring 20” x 20”.
2. Using one 20” x 20” piece of fabric, fold all sides under ¼” and press. Turn under an additional ½” and press. Pin all hems in place. Note: You may want to create mitered corners at this step. Sew4Home, a site Janome sponsors, contains a great tutorial for creating these, Creating a Double-Turn Clean Finished Corner.
3. Stitch hem in place around the perimeter of the napkin.
4. Repeat to finish all four napkins.
Creating Button Embellishment
1. On the fabric scraps for the yo yo’s, draw a circle that measures about 4” in diameter. You may use a coffee mug or other household object for this step.
2. Cut out circle.
3. Using a hand sewing needle, create a running stitch about ¼” in from the edge of the circle, going all the way around the perimeter of the circle. Leave a thread tail at the beginning and ending of your stitches.
4. Pull on the threads at the beginning and ending of the thread to draw the center of the yo yo together. Press flat.
5. Using method of choice, cover the button with fabric. Again check out Sew4Home’s tutorial for this, DIY Covered Buttons.
6. Position yo yo on a corner of the napkin, with the gathered side of the yo yo facing up. Place the button in the center of the yo yo. Stitch button and yo yo in place.