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I love those little packs of fat quarters that you can pickup at Walmart for about $1.00. I sometimes find packs of them with such cute prints, that are all coordinated together, and I buy them thinking I will do something with them later. I have used them for quilts here and here, for these bow ties, these little owl purses, and there are a myriad of other ideas out there, I'm sure. Well, I fell for some cute Easter prints earlier this year, but I hadn't figured out what I wanted to do with them. Then, just before Easter, when we had decided to do the brunch, I realized I needed 2 tablecloths with a springtime feel and I thought about that package of fat quarters! It came in a coordinated pack of pinks and blues. I thought, why not sew them together into one big tablecloth! Of course, I was going to need more of the fat quarter packs. Unfortunately, the packs like the one I had purchased were all gone! But, there was some of the exact fabric on the bolt and other coordinating prints!
So, I purchased the fabric from the bolt and cut out my own quarters! It would have been much easier if I had purchased the correct number of quarter packs to begin with, so if you know that you are going to make a tablecloth, buy the right number from the start! For my table, it takes about 4 packs of quarters.
Most of the fabrics in my original pack had the pinks like you see above. One of the prints was a coordinating blue. I have plates that were going to look great on the pink, and others that were going to go well on blue. Since we were putting up 2 tables, and I was going to use both sets of plates, I decided to make one cloth in each color, so I purchased blue prints to go with the original blue bunny print. I placed that print right in the middle of the cloth.
The tablecloths came together pretty quickly. I played with how I wanted the placement of the various fabrics. I started from the middle of the cloth, then built around that. I sewed the fat quarters together with french seams so that there wouldn't be messy fraying on the back of the cloth. I once showed you how to do french seams on this pillowcase tutorial.
That's all there is too it! My tables looked sweet and they were perfect for our brunch! Unfortunately, I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES OF MY TABLES! Trust me, they were sweet.
You can make tablecloths like this for any time of year and for any event! If you don't want to make an entire tablecloth, try a table runner! Have fun picking out those fat quarter! That's the best part.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!