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Craft: How to Make a “Festive for Flag Day” Table Cloth

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My name is Sara Tetreault, from Go Gingham {Stylishly Frugal Living}, and I’m super excited to be sharing with you how to make a very "Festive for Flag Day" table cloth. Even though I made this table cloth for a Flag Day celebration, it’s good for all the patriotic summer holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, including Flag Day and Independence Day. It’s also large enough to cover my indoor dining room table, which is useful in case the summer-time weather forecast includes rain.

How to Make a "Festive for Flag Day" Table Cloth

Supplies:

  • Patriotic Fabric (I used Riley Blake Designs fabric)
  • Grommets
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

Directions:

This table cloth is more of a mat and will sit on top of my indoor dining room table without hanging down and can be used outdoors as well. The table cloth has ties and grommets so that the table cloth will stay put while entertaining outdoors.

Table Cloth Finished size: 42” wide x 102” long. The top (blue) fabric is 39” wide x 101” long and the bottom (red) fabric is 42” wide x 104” long.

Wash, dry and press fabric smooth prior to cutting. All seams have 1/2" seam allowance. Trim off edge with printed name on both the red fabric and the blue fabric.

Festive for Flag Day

Then, cut the blue fabric to 39” wide and 101” long. Save the scrap piece as you’ll use the 3” pieces of long fabric for the ties later in the project.

Next, cut the red fabric to 104” long. I didn’t have to cut the width on the red fabric, other than trimming off the selvage edge.

With right sides together, line fabric up with long sides matching. Pin to keep in place. Make sure to leave extra 1 1/2” extra fabric at each end to wrap around ends after sides are sewn together.

Next, arrange fabric to pin other length-wise seam. Adjust your extra fabric so that the extra fabric is in the middle of the table cloth and your sides can line up to be pinned. Again, make sure to leave an extra 1 1/2” of fabric at the end to wrap around ends after sides are sewn together.

Using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew along both long sides of table cloth, removing pins as you sew so you don’t sew over them.  Your project will be a long tube with openings at both ends when you finish this step.

Turn your table cloth right sides out. Arrange it on your ironing board and press the fabric so that the amount of red fabric overlapping the blue fabric is equal on both side seams.

Pin top edge and then fold bottom (red) fabric around to blue side and match up unfinished edges.

Then fold over the unfinished edges and press it over again and pin in place.

Carefully sew across both ends and press well with a hot iron.

For the ties, take the extra blue fabric and press with a bias tape maker while pressing with hot iron.

Once tape is made, fold and press again, then sew along the edge, making one long strip.

I cut this long strip into 4 equal length strips and knotted the ends so they wouldn’t pull through my grommets.

By adding one grommet to each of the corners, I was able to string my ties through the table cloth and attach it to the leg of the table. No more table cloth fly-aways for me!

The table cloth still looks pretty indoors on my dining room table and the grommets add an extra detail, even though they’re not being used.

How do you like to decorate your home for summer holidays?

Sara Tetreault Go Gingham.com Sara Tetreault, a frugal, fancy and fun blogger, inspires readers with thoughtful spending, smart use of resources, and efficient use of time. Sara loves to eat delicious meals, wear designer clothing, decorate her home, and travel the world. How does she do it? By cooking at home, thrift-store shopping, and home swapping. Sara keeps a home, one husband, two children, and three backyard chickens.

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Sara Tetreault, a frugal, fancy and fun blogger, inspires readers with thoughtful spending, smart use of resources and efficient use of time. Sara loves to eat delicious meals, wear designer clothing, decorate her home and travel the world. How does she do it? By cooking at home, thrift-store shopping, and home swapping. Sara keeps a home, one husband, two children, and three backyard chickens.

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