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Friday, August 26, 2011

Table Topper Tutorial

Over the years I have made dozens of these "French" table toppers. They are so easy to make and you can make them in any style to fit your own decor. So I thought I'd share a "how-to" today.

 I typically use decorator fabric which runs 54"-60" wide. The piece needs to be square so it takes about 1 1/2 yards depending on the exact width of the fabric you use.

 You also need 3/4 yard of coordinating fabric for the border. Cut this into 4 strips each 5" wide by the full width of the fabric. In other words, if your main fabric is 54" wide make sure your strips are 5" x 54".

Pin a strip of fabric with the right side of the strip against the wrong side of the tablecloth and stitch using 1/2" seam.

Now fold the border back against the right side of the tablecloth and press. Turn under the raw edge 1/2 inch and press. That gives you a 4" border.

Topstitch the border 1/4 inch from the inside edge.  Trim the edge of the border even with the edge of the tablecloth. Now repeat on the opposite side

 Next you'll do the remaining 2 sides. Before you topstitch, there should be about 1 inch of border fabric hanging over each side. I merely tuck these under and press in place before stitching them down. If I feel ambitious I'll miter the edges, but most of the time I don't bother.
From start to finish you can make one of these in about an hour!

It's also fun to use a coordinating fabric on the back and make a reversible topper.
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I am joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.


  1. Thanks for this lovely tutorial. I have some fabrics stashed away that would make lovely table toppers. Your examples have given me great ideas.

  2. Great tutorial! Just wish I could sew! lol

    I loved this table when you posted it pretty! Some of my favorite things here, toile and transferware!