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One Tablecloth, Five Projects

Many years ago, HomeGoods opened in our area. Already familiar with the company, my mom and several other female family members were thrilled. Curious, hubby and I stopped in one day, took a quick spin, and promptly left without buying anything. The store, which was (and always is) crazy crowded with both people and products, offered dinnerware, throw pillows, sheets, and the like. It was fine, but not especially exciting. As young 20-somethings, we just didn’t get the fuss.

How times have changed.

Four years ago, we bought our first home, an old farmhouse. And after that, HomeGoods held new meaning. Over many store visits and many months, eager to home-ify our new residence, I picked up plates, glasses, pillows, candles, chairs, seasonal decor, and more. (Coincidentally, our home’s location allows us to pass the store on the way to and from basically anywhere, so it’s very easy—sometimes too easy—to pop in and check out the latest inventory!) And while we’re now set on decor and entertaining essentials, I still like nosing around. I remain particularly drawn to table linens, which, like most HomeGoods items, are unique and well-priced. Including this pretty little number:

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I definitely don’t need any more table linens, and even if I did, a tablecloth wouldn’t be my first pick. I usually prefer runners or place mats so that the table itself serves as part of the decor. And I actually didn’t buy this one to use as a tablecloth. I so loved the fall print and its unique color combo, I bought it as fabric. It was a great price ($15 for 60″ x 84″), and I thought it’d be fun to cut up the cloth and sew it into something else. As it turned out, that something turned into several things!

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From one tablecloth, I made a super cozy throw blanket, a pillow cover, a table runner, and two potholders! And I still have a few sizable strips leftover should other scrap-happy ideas come to mind.

Of course, I didn’t make all of these projects so that my fall decor would match throughout the house. (Even though the print’s so pretty, I  don’t mind matching in this case!) Rather, I wanted to see just how much I could get from one piece of fabric—and $15. I pulled from my stash, too, but overall, I thought this was wonderful bang for the buck. I also think it’s a great, convenient way to make handmade gifts. How fun would it be to give a variety of items, all related by fabric, to your Thanksgiving hosts and other friends and family members? And the same could be done for other festive occasions throughout the holiday season.

The creative possibilities are endless, but if you’d like to make any of the above items, check out the instructions below!

Super Cozy Throw (50″ x 70″)
Materials Needed
Tablecloth
Fabric for inner border (I used flannel)
Fabric for outer border (I used denim)
Fabric for backing (I used minky)
Batting (I used high-loft for extra warmth)
Basic sewing essentials

Cutting Instructions
From Tablecloth:
(1) 38.5 x 58.5″
From Flannel:
(2) 2.5″ x 38.5″
(2) 2.5″ x 64″
From Denim:
(2) 4″ x 43″
(2) 4″ x 71″
From Batting and Backing:
(1 each) 51″ x 71″

Let’s Start Sewing!
1. Attach inner border (flannel). Using 1/2″ seams, sew shorter strips first. Press, then topstitch 1/4″. Repeat with longer sides.
2. Repeat previous steps for outer border (denim).
3. Make fabric sandwich. From bottom to top: batting, blanket top, backing. Blanket top and backing will be right sides together. Pin, then sew around perimeter (using 1/2″ seam). Be sure to leave a 6-8″ opening for turning.
4. Trim corners and turn blanket right-side out through opening. Press and topstitch around perimeter, closing the opening in the process. If desired, topstitch again (1/2-1″ out from previous topstitching) to further secure layers.

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Pillow Cover (for 18″ pillow)
Materials Needed
Tablecloth
Muslin or cotton for lining (optional)
18″ pillow insert
Basic sewing essentials

Cutting Instructions
From Tablecloth:
(1) 19″ x 19″
(2) 12.5″ x 19″
From Muslin or Cotton (if using): (1) 19″ x 19″

Let’s Start Sewing!
1. Prepare envelope back. On each 12.5″ x 19″ panel, hem one long side. Turn fabric 1/2″ and press. Turn another 1/2″ and press again. Topstitch 1/4″.
2. If using, baste lining fabric to front panel.
3. Place back panels on front panel, right sides together. Pin and sew around entire perimeter. Clip corners, turn right-side out, press.
4. Insert pillow and enjoy!

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Table Runner (14″ x 47″)
Materials Needed:
Tablecloth
Fabric for inner border (I used linen)
Fabric for outer border (I used metallic woven home decor)
Fabric for backing (linen again)
Basic sewing essentials

Cutting Instructions
From Tablecloth:
(1) 7.5 x 42″
From Linen for Inner Border:
(2) 2″ x 42″
(2) 2″ x 10″
From Home Decor for Outer Border:
(2) 3″ x 45″
(2) 3″ x 15″
From Linen for Backing:
(1) 15″ x 48″

Let’s Start Sewing!
1. Beginning with longer sides, attach linen strips to center panel. Press and topstitch 1/4″. Repeat with shorter sides.
2. Repeat previous steps with outer border.
3. Place backing on top of runner, right sides together. Pin in place, then sew (1/2″ seam) around perimeter. Be sure to leave a 4-5″ opening for turning.
4. Trim corners, then turn right-side out through opening. Press and topstitch around perimeter, closing opening in the process.

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Potholders
Materials Needed:
Tablecloth
Fabric for interior of larger pocket holder (I used denim)
Fabric for binding (I used flannel)
Batting
Insul-Bright or other insulated material
Twine/ribbon for hanging loop
Basic sewing essentials

Cutting Instructions Potholder 1 (larger, with pocket)
From Tablecloth:
(1) 8.5″ x 8.5″
(1) 8.5″ x 11″
From Denim (interior pieces):
(1) 10″ x 10″ for back of top piece
(1) 8.5″ x 11″ for front of back piece
From Flannel:
(1) 2.5 x 8.5″ for pocket binding
2.5″ strip, cut to length for regular binding
From Insul-Bright:
(1) 10″ x 10″ for front piece
From Batting:
(1) 10″ x 10″ for front piece
(1) 8.5″ x 11″ for back piece

Let’s Start Sewing!
1. Make quilted front pocket. Layer 8.5″ x 8.5″ tablecloth square on top of 10″ x 10″ Insul-Bright, regular batting, and denim interior panel. Fabrics will be right-side out. Quilt as desired, then trim all to 8.5″ x 8.5″.
2. Bind front pocket. Fold 2.5″ x 8.5″ flannel strip in half and press. Open and fold edges in to pressed line. Fold and press again. Bind top edge of pocket.
3. Make potholder sandwich. From bottom to top: back tablecloth panel, batting, denim (fabrics right-side out), then front pocket piece. Zig-zag stitch entire perimeter (optional but useful) to secure edges.
4. Bind with flannel, attach twine or ribbon loop, and enjoy!

Cutting Instructions Potholder 2
From Tablecloth:
(1) 9″ x 9″
(1) 10″ x 10″
From Insul-Bright:
(1) 10″ x 10″
From Flannel:
2.5″ strip cut to length for binding

Let’s Start Sewing!
1. Make fabric sandwich. From bottom to top: larger tablecloth back, Insul-Bright, tablecloth front. Quilt as desired, then trim to 8″ x 8″.
2. Bind, attach twine or ribbon, and enjoy!

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