One of the major points of contention in our home decor adventures has been the dining room table. When we found our dining set on craigslist, we learned that the table had been carefully protected through the years by the grandmother who owned it. The table top is in near pristine condition, shiny and smooth, without a single scratch on its surface. Ever since, I’ve felt some sort of obligation to keep it in this perfect state, which means keeping the custom table pads on top and covering it with a tablecloth.

The only problem is that I’m not particularly a fan of tablecloths, even though they can be quite pretty. Partially it’s that they aren’t so easy to keep clean, but mostly, I hate that they drape so low over the sides of the table. Not only does it hide a lot of the detail of the table, but the cats, who often sit in the dining chairs end up pulling it this way and that. For the past year we’ve had an oilcloth on top, which I’ve been fairly happy with, but Shawn did not like at all.

This weekend we finally found some fabric at my favorite fabric shop that we both agreed would make a great tablecloth and a few hours later we had a cute custom piece. It’s the perfect length, very short, and matches the room while still being cute and fun. I’m very pleased with it and also excited to make tablecloths for various holidays and occasions (I already have one for Halloween in the works). Maybe one day I’ll get over my need to protect the table and just let it be, but for now, I’m quite happy just making a plethora of tablecloths.

3 Responses to “tablecloths”
  1. Caitlin says:

    i LOVE this tablecloth, alix! i agree, i think tablecloths are often too long, and many of the colors/prints aren’t terribly attractive.

  2. Tamara says:

    I love it, and loved it when you first posted. My MIL is a sewer, a serious quilter. She’s made us a few lap quilts, an entire King sized bed set, mibs (man bibs for the husband), aprons, runners, place mats, napkins. She ran out of things to make so I shared this with her because I LOVE the length and style too. 🙂 Thanks.

  3. Aubrey says:

    I’m so happy to have stumbled on your blog! Someone sent me the link to this and I loooove it, especially the pattern. Then to see that you are vegan and a movie lover too makes my day! I look forward to perusing more of your posts!

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