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Date: 6/28/12 0:15 AM

What kind of fabric would I use for a casual table cloth? I'm thinking 100% cotton. But, would quilting type fabric be too thin? My store bought table cloth is 100% cotton but the material feels thicker than the stuff I see at the fabric store. My table is fairly narrow so 45 inch would be wide enough. It is an odd size that is why I want to sew some since I can't find any that fit properly.

This is for a table in the breakfast nook so it is a casual area. I would really like to use fabric with a vintage 50s theme such as this 50s appliances or this kitchen utensils. Would this type of fabric work?

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Date: 6/28/12 1:12 AM

I would try home dec fabric, or add another layer to the thinner fabric. Both of those fabrics are really cute.

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Date: 6/28/12 9:10 PM

I would use the cotton on top (it will prolly be easier to find that type of print in a cotton) and then add a layer of fusible fleece or something underneath to give it some weight AND to protect the top of your table!

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Date: 6/28/12 11:06 PM

I made a cute one out of oilcloth (which these days means vinyl laminated fabric)
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?reviewnum=70515

There are some adorable oilcloths...
http://www.fabric.com/home-decor-fabric-table-top-fabric-designer-laminated-fabric.aspx

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Date: 6/28/12 11:13 PM

Have you checked vintage linens? They are fun to shop for and if you find one that is damaged it is not quite so distressing to cut into it.

I love the feel and weave of the vintage cloths and keep one folded in the freezer to use for rolling out pastry.

For your smaller table you would also be able to look at hand embroidered vintage bridge cloths if you were interested.

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Date: 6/29/12 9:25 PM

do a web search on laminated cotton fabric. They make yardage in all kinds of patterns. A simple rectangle with the raw edges turned to the wrong side twice and stitched down is all you need. Custom tablecloths look best when you take care to include equal drop around all sides of the table. I've heard that you need to use a Teflon sewing foot, but I know I've sewn vinyl by putting strips of tissue on the seamlines and tearing it away later.

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Date: 6/30/12 12:33 PM

Use home dec fabric -- the cottons have more heft than quilting fabric. I usually base my finished size on the width of the fabric less the width of the table -- so if the fabric is 58 with a 44 inch table, I allow 14 inches for the drop and hem. A quick 2 inch mitered hem around the edges and it looks like high end table linens.

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Date: 6/30/12 2:08 PM

My mother makes cute table clothes all the time and I am about to modify a few of them to fit my table. She's used polished cotton in a cute plaid with a solid trim. My favorite is a cotton poly blue and white stripe seersucker! I am tempted to make shorts out of them... the fabrics wash up nicely. Let us know what you decide to make!

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Date: 6/30/12 10:13 PM

You might also consider using cotton poplin.

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Date: 7/13/12 0:39 AM

I used 100% quilting cotton for my table runner and six place mats. I used 2 and sewed them together so that all of the pieces could be reversible. It washes easily.

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