Monday, November 8, 2010

Making table covers for craft shows

Recently my good friend Candace asked me to sew her some custom table covers. She bought king-sized cotton sheets, washed them and loaned me her spray bottle. I gathered my sewing machine, iron, pins, measuring tape, straight edge, cutting mat and a rotary cutter.

Some of you may know that I am not an expert sewer, but this was going to be straight lines and I knew the hardest part would be the measuring and cutting. Also the ironing! Never again will I ever try to iron anything without using a spray bottle. What a lifesaver. Candace had tried to get 50%/50% sheets so they wouldn't hold a wrinkle so steadfastly, but that kind wasn't available and time was short so we made do.

I cleared my crafting tables, moved everything to the sides of my studio and pushed the tables together to make a large working surface. I also set up one of Candace's tables to take measurements. I put a plastic drip cloth on the floor to keep the white fabric from getting dirty on the rusty metal floors.

I measured and cut and folded over and pressed and hemmed! The most exciting moment was when the thread pulled out of my machine as I was changing the needle. You see, I've been tying the new thread to the old one for years and pulling it through without learning really how to properly thread my machine. So when it pulled completely out my heart stopped for just a second. Then I got onto the trusty internet and found a threading diagram for my 20 year old sewing machine! Have I mentioned how much I love the internet?

I don't think I handled the inside corners with finesse, but at least the measurements were right!

Candace really loved the covers and her work looks smashing on them!


  1. Great post Liz! I appreciate all the work you put into the table covers, they are wonderful!

    You have this amazing ability to create anything you set your mind to. It's very inspiring! =)

  2. Liz -- I love the care you took with this project (even looking up how to rethread your sewing machine)! Thanks for an inspiring post.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!! maybe you should make a section for craft table covers in your etsy shop! I know lots of people need them at this 'craft show' time of year!! :-)

  4. Looks fantastic! You're a nice friend!

  5. These table covers look beautiful.

    What a great project.

    I am delighted that you wrote this post and showed such lovely photos of the results !