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
- Sewing machine
- 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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