Working with longer swathes of fabric is easier than you think – especially when you use Fiskars® Acrylic Rulers and Fiskars® Acrylic Ruler Connector to make extra-long cuts. Try out a gorgeous and practical project, like making a tablecloth for your holiday table setting, and see just how easy it can be!
Make Your Own Fabric Tablecloth from Scratch
By Emma Jeffery
- Ideal for cutting a wide variety of materials including denim, silk and multiple layers of fabric
- High-grade, precision-ground, stainless-steel blades offer a lasting sharp edge that cuts all the way to the tip
- Ergonomic handle is sculpted to fit your hand, maximizing cutting control and sensitivity
- Bent handle design keeps material flat for mistake-free cutting
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- The Original Orange-handled Scissors™ (8")
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers of fabric, paper, felt and vinyl
- High-grade, precision-ground, premium steel 45 mm rotary blade stays sharper longer than other rotary blades
- A symmetrical design makes freehand cutting easy for right- and left-handed users
- Sliding button extends blade guard when not in use
- Blades snap in or out easily for quick replacement
- Lifetime warranty
- Classic Stick Rotary Cutter (45 mm)
- Larger 24" x 36" Folding Cutting Mat has a smart, folding design and is ideal for cutting full widths of fabric right from the bolt
- Design folds in thirds to simplify storage and travel; hang hole offers additional easy storage option
- High-quality, self-healing cutting surface lasts longer than other mat surfaces
- Easy-to-read grid with 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines and a square grid make it easy to create triangles and stars, as well as square blocks
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Folding Cutting Mat with Non-Slip Base (24" x 36")
- Highlighted seam allowance makes it easy to cut fabric strips up to 6" wide directly from the bolt
- Broken grid lines and easy-to-read measurements make measuring quick and accurate
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree line indicators make it easy to cut at perfect angles
- Optional non-slip vinyl feet can be added or removed without damaging the ruler
- Made of 3 mm-thick acrylic for lasting durability
- Lifetime warranty
- Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
- Acrylic Ruler Connector bridges and holds together two rulers for accurate, longer cuts
- Retractable alignment guide helps accurately line up rulers and folds up, out of the way, to allow for cutting on all sides
- Tension handle ensures a tight grip between rulers and can be used as a comfortable hand rest while cutting
- Works with a majority of acrylic rulers
- Full lifetime warranty
- Acrylic Ruler Connector
Known worldwide for quality and precision, our trusted Orange-handled Scissors have sold over 1 billion since 1967.
Designed for precise cuts on quilting projects.
Perfectly sized for cutting fabric from the bolt.
Linen fabric (enough for your own table)
Sewing machine and thread
Iron and ironing board
Pencil or tailor's chalk
Felt in various colors
DIY Tablecloth Tutorial
List of Materials to Make Tablecloth
For this project, you’ll want a few tools that will make cutting long strips of fabric easier than ever before.
• Item 1: Start with
Fiskars® Original Orange Handled Scissors™ like you would for any sewing project.
• Item 2: Add in the Fiskars® Acrylic Ruler Connector and two Fiskars® Acrylic Rulers (6” x 24”) to make longer cuts than ever before. You can get all of these tools in the Fiskars® Acrylic Ruler Connector Set.
• Item 3: You’ll also find the Fiskars® Sewing Gauge helpful in this project.
• Item 4: To round out your materials, you’ll need the Fiskars® Folding Cutting Mat with Non-Slip Base (24” x 36”) and Fiskars® Classic Stick Rotary Cutter (45mm).
Steps on How to Make a Tablecloth
Step 1. Cut the fabric. Determine your desired tablecloth size and cut the fabric using the rotary cutter and cutting mat to protect your surface. Use the Fiskars® Acrylic Ruler Connector to conveniently cut longer swathes of fabric by placing it at the top of one ruler and bottom of the next to align two rulers together to allow for straight long cuts.
Step 2. Hem the tablecloth. Use the sewing gauge to fold and press one raw fabric edge by 1/2” with an iron. Next, use the sewing gauge again to measure 1” and fold and press with an iron, hiding the raw edge within the fold. Repeat for all four edges of the tablecloth.
Step 3. Sew the hem. Sew the hem close to the inside of the tablecloth with a straight stitch. Pivot at the corners.
Step 4. Cut felt strips. Add a pop of color to the edges of your tablecloth by adding colorful strips of felt. Use the rotary cutter to cut multiple strips of felt. Varying the thickness of the strips can produce a fun final look.
Step 5. Mark the placement of the felt strips. Use the two acrylic rulers and acrylic ruler connector to mark straight lines along one short edge of the tablecloth.
Step 6. Sew the felt to the tablecloth. Sewing slowly, sew the felt to the tablecloth along the marked lines. Repeat for the opposite end of the tablecloth.
Step 7. Finish the tablecloth. Use your scissors to trim all loose threads for a polished presentation.
Best Materials for a DIY Tablecloth
I find that a busy tablecloth can make a dining room table feel very cluttered, but I always like adding some color into my projects. My solution for this was to choose a natural and subdued color as my main fabric for my tablecloth and add in some brighter seasonal colors in a coordinating fabric around the edge. I also found that this worked perfectly with my Thanksgiving tablespace, so it helped to tie everything together for my holiday meal!
I generally choose a cotton fabric that is easy to wash since this is an item that is bound to get food spilled on it at some point. I recommend you pick a solid base color that coordinates with the paint color or other accents in your dining room or kitchen and use that as a base.
Style Ideas for a DIY Tablecloth
The style of your tablecloth is totally customizable. Looking for a beachy theme? Try a dip-dyed tablecloth. Want a vibrant, bold statement piece? Go for a vivid color and add hints of metallic thread and linings. If you are classic through and through, go for a clean white linen than can dress up any table setting. The options are endless!