I found this pin on Pinterest, and thought I’d modify it a bit to make it my own. Instead of bandanas, I bought pre-cut packages of patriotic fabric. There were five pieces of fabric in each package. The benefit to using regular fabric is that you can tailor the tablecloth to any occasion. The benefit to using bandanas is that you don’t have to hem it.
How to Make the Tablecoth
I ironed all of the fabric pieces first. They were deeply creased from the packaging, and smooth fabric is so much easier to work with. If the fabric is wrinkled when you start sewing, the finished product will probably always be a little wrinkled or lopsided.
When you have the two strips sewn together, iron the seams so they are all going in the same direction.
If you’re not using bandanas, you will need to hem the edges. One of the easiest ways to do this is to press the edge over a certain amount (using a hem gauge if you like) then double the pressed edge over on itself. This creates a double-fold hem with no raw edges.
I pressed and sewed the long sides first, then pressed and sewed the short sides. I didn’t use pins because I like to live dangerously. Seriously, if you have a nice crisp line from the iron, you can probably manage without pins. However, if this is your first sewing project ever, use pins!
Kohl’s had towels on sale, so I bought some supplies to make a tanning organizer.