How to Hem a Round Tablecloth


Giving a round tablecloth a nice finish to the hem is fairly simple, and the process can be done either by hand or by sewing machine to give the tablecloth a professional look. The tablecloth can be made to fit just over a round table or have sides that come down to the floor for an elegant drape.

Things You'll Need

  • Extra-wide, single-fold bias tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Measure the unfinished edge around the perimeter of the round tablecloth with a measuring tape.

  • Align one end and front of the bias tape against the right side of the tablecloth along the bottom edge. Align the 1/4-inch bias tape fold along the edge of the tablecloth. Use straight pins to hold the bias tape to the fabric.

  • Straight stitch along the inside fold of the bias tape to secure it to the 1/4-inch edge of the tablecloth. Proceed one section at a time around the tablecloth perimeter.

  • Cut the excess bias tape, leaving 1/2 inch.

  • Using a hot iron, press the bias tape sewn along the perimeter to make a neat crease. Fold in the extra 1/2 inch.

  • Hold the other side of the bias tape with the other 1/4-inch fold inside against the tablecloth. Straight stitch close to the edge to secure the bias tape to the tablecloth.

  • Press the hem of with a hot iron.

Tips & Warnings

  • The bias tape usually is available in packages of 3 to 4 yards so you need enough packages to meet the measurement taken for the perimeter of the tablecloth. Purchase extra-wide, single-fold bias tape in a color that most closely matches the cloth.
  • If you're in a hurry, you can use an iron-on hem adhesive hem.

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