Tuesday, 10 February 2009


I picked this up from Oxfam yesterday for £3.99. (I spied it in the shop window, charged in there and grabbed it out of the window display. I don't think they were too impressed)

It's a fantastic retro tablecloth, made of some really heavyweight material. Apart from a small pollen stain it's in pristine condition. (Hopefully that stain will come out in the wash - any tips? it's on the white part, so I figure I'll just bleach it).

As lovely as the tablecloth is (even in its un-ironed condition), as you can see from the picture, it doesn't fit the table.

I'm pondering which option I should take.

a) pretend it fits the table and get on with it
b) turn it into some placemats or napkins (with random portions of the pattern)
c) turn it into a bag (or two).

The dining room is the only room that will realistically work with the colours, otherwise could perhaps have turned it into cushion covers. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I think the problem is that the "design" bit of the table cloth isn't in the centre of your table. Sooo.... Could you cut it up and re-sew it, patchwork stylee, with maybe some panels of similar material (same colours, different textures?)? This would also give you chance to make it the right size ;-)

Elizabeth said...

Helen, that's a great idea! I could applique the design onto a circular or at elast correctly sized background, and still use it as a tablecloth. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Glad to be of service ;-) I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the finished result.