My little one was being hard on the table top of her play table. I know that the purpose of the table is for her to be able to do puzzles and what not on it, but the beautiful wood finish would be ruined forever if I didn't do something. After thinking about different options, I decided to make a tablecloth out of laminated cotton (great for cleaning) and make it fitted so it wouldn't shift and fall off every time she played on it. Here it is:
I cut the fabric so there would be an equal amount of overhang on all four sides of the table. My table is square, so it was easy to do.
I put the tablecloth on the table (right side down) and pinned the corners so a triangle flap was sticking out on all four sides. Basically, I was "fitting" the tablecloth so, when finished, the corners wouldn't have any flaps and the fabric would extend straight down from each corner of the table.
Taking my ruler, I drew a line straight down from the corner where I had pinned to the bottom edge of the table cloth using my disappearing ink pen. I made sure to leave a little room for my seam allowance and cut off the material about 3/8" to the outside of the line.
I sewed a straight line over my ink pen line.
I repeated this process on the other corner of the same side.
Next, I went and tried it on the table and made sure the other two sides didn't need any adjustment. Mine didn't.
Back at the sewing machine, I repeated the process twice more until all four corners were finished.
Next, I turned the cloth inside out and tried it on the table! Perfection!
I felt like it needed a little something extra, so I attached a pom pom trim to the bottom edge all the way around. It's a fun little addition. Also, it has been three weeks now and every single pom pom is still hanging from the tablecloth. I am hoping that it will stay that way, but you never know with toddlers!
I love that the tablecloth stays in place, and the cute pattern makes it a bright and fun covering for a play table. The little one calls the matryoshka dolls "babies." So cute. As an added bonus, spills and art projects are easy to clean up since it's laminated cotton. Win! Win!
Easier Than I Thought!
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