I recently saw this blog post on Pinterest giving a brief tutorial on how to make a fitted, round, oil cloth tablecloth. I had a sheet of oil cloth to go under my son’s high chair when he went through the food-throwing stage but he’s past that now (RIGHT?!) and he loves to grab table cloths right off the table no matter what is on top of them.
So a fitted, stain repellant table cloth is right up our alley. I found the fabric on Fabric.com for $6/yard.
Basically, measure the diameter of your table, calculate yardage plus 2.5″ inches, purchase fabric.
You will need: oil cloth, pinking shears, compass, 1/4″ wide elastic (mine was made by Dritz), sewing machine.
When fabric arrives, flip table over onto wrong side of cloth, using compass measure circumference of table plus 2.5″ (I did 2″ by mistake, didn’t matter), cut along circle you’ve traced with pinking shears, sew stretched out elastic .5″ in from edge of oil cloth with zig zag stitch (stretch elastic out as you go so it puckers the fabric when you let go), backstitching at beginning and ends.
Then you have a marker/stain/playdough/spill-proof tablecloth that’s easy to clean and fun to play on!