I love hosting events outside during the summer. My outdoor decorating routine always includes red, white, and blue. It’s so cheerful and patriotic, you can’t go wrong with investing in these decorations because they never go out of style. Even though I made this table cloth for a Flag Day celebration, it’s good for all the 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.
Flag Day Table Cloth
This table cloth is finished on the front and the back side so it’s also reversible, in case you’d like to mix it up a bit.
Project: Table Cloth – this cloth is more of a mat and will sit on top of my indoor dining room table without hanging down and can also be used outdoors as well.
Table Cloth Finished size: 42” wide x 102” long
Wash, dry and press fabric smooth, first, prior to cutting
Top (blue) fabric: 39” wide x 101” long
Bottom (red) fabric: 42” wide x 104” long
Trim off edge with printed name on both the red fabric and the blue fabric.
Then, cut the blue fabric to to 39” wide and 101” long. You’ll use the 3” cut off long piece of 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 with 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 is in the middle of the table cloth and your sides can line up to be pinned. Again, make sure to leave extra 1 1/2” extra 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 go along so that 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 it so that the amount of red fabric that overlaps 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, press it over again and pin in place. Carefully sew this across both ends and press well with a hot iron.
For the ties, take the cut off 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.
With a long piece of seamed edging, you’ll have plenty to use for ties.
I cut this long strip into 4 equal strips and knotted the ends so that 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 touch, even though they’re not being used.
The material used in this project is from Riley Blake Designs, who provided me with this fabric. Thank you! This post was featured on MomItForward.com on June 4, 2012.
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12 thoughts on “Flag Day Table Cloth”
I love the idea with the ties and the grommets. That never would have occurred to me to do before. Very stylish table.
Thanks, Heidi. To be honest, I’ve had a couple of tablecloths catch on fire because I had candles on the table so these grommets and ties are fire avoidance!!
Super cute! I have used the table weights before but of course they are not nearly as stylish as the ties you created!
Thank you, dear Darcy!! You know about the grommet maker 🙂 and are welcome to borrow it at anytime.
What a good project – I love the details you add like the grommets and ties to make it very functional! The fabric is really nice-looking too – looks like it has a nice weight!
Annie, I love the fabric and can’t wait to do another project with Riley Blake Designs!! You can check out what fabrics are coming on their website. Very cute stuff.
Ooooh! Where did you get that fancy bias tape maker tool? I have never seen one; have always done it the hard way!
Michelle, this little tool is the best. I have another one that I found at an estate sale for pennies. That’s how I learned about the beauty of them. No using those pesky turners for making a long strip of finished fabric! They come in different sizes, too. This one I purchased at Fabric Depot and they have a large selection.
Love your photos and page design. Love your projects. Am a devoted follower. But please, please, please for this project, give me enough distance to see the big picture. Can’t really see what the tablecloth looks like, as we would experience it if we walked into your home. Thank you! ❤
Thank you for your excellent feedback!! I will take a picture of it on my long dining room table and post it. Keep those comments coming 🙂 Thank you again.
Wow! What a very fun and festive tablecloth! You’ve inspired me to at least try to do something for our table for July 4. Great idea (love the grommets)!
Thx for your kind reply. Also wondering if someday you might show us how you have your craft/sew room organized. Do you follow “Unclutterer,” by chance?
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