Handmade Thanksgiving Tablecloth

  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate


Thanksgiving Tablecloth

You can make this Thanksgiving all the more special by gathering your family around a rustic tablecloth that you made yourself.

*To keep the cost down, you can purchase a $5 twin bed sheet to use for my 2 outer panels. An added bonus, I was able to utilize some of the hems of the sheet!

thanksgiving tablecloth

Table Cloth Size

1. To construct a tablecloth like this one, begin by measuring your table's length. Decide how much space you would like to have between your 3 panels,

2. Double that number, and deduct this final number from the length of the table.

3. Divide that number by 3. This will be the finished width of each panel.

4. Add 2 inches to the width (1 inch for each side) to allow for seam allowances. (If you have an edge that is already hemmed (a finished edge of a sheet) you do not need to add extra for a seam allowance along that side.)

Panel Length

1. To determine the length of each panel, measure from the seat of your chair on one side of the table, up and over the top of the table, and down to the seat of a chair on the other side. Again add 1 inch per side to allow for seam allowances.

2. After cutting your panels, hem each edge by folding it over 1/2 inch, ironing to crease, folding over 1/2 inch again, and ironing again. Stitch each hem in place by sewing close to the fold closest to the center of the panel.

Button Holes

thanksgiving tablecloth buttonholes

1. Next, determine the approximate placement of your buttonholes for the straps and lightly mark where the center of one would be. Fold the panel in half (short edges together) to find its center. Measure from the center of the panel to the buttonhole mark. This is the distance each of your buttonholes will be from the center of your panels.

2. At the buttonhole location, lightly create a 2 inch long mark (running parallel to the long edge of the panel) with the buttonhole mark being the center of this 2 inch long mark. Do this for each buttonhole, taking care to make each mark the same distance from the edges of panels. There will be 2 buttonholes on each side panel and 4 buttonholes on the center panel.

3. Use your sewing machine's buttonhole feature to create the buttonholes. Use a small pair of Fiskars detail scissors, such as the No. 5 Micro-Tip Softgrip scissors, to snip the center of the buttonhole.

thanksgiving tablecloth straps

4. Lay the panels out on your table with the desired width between them. With the panels in place, measure the distance between corresponding buttonholes on 2 panels and multiply this number by 3. Each strap will be made by cutting 2 strips of fabric to this length by 2 inches wide. Using 2 of these strips, stitch around 3 sides, 1/4 inch from the edges. Be sure to backstitch when you start and stop. Turn the strip right side out and hand stitch the open end closed.

5. Fold the strip in thirds and hand sew a button in the center of one of the end sections. Measure your button diameter plus double its height. Add 1/4 inch to this number and make a buttonhole in the center of the section at the opposite end of the button end.

6. Slip the finished straps through the buttonholes, button them in place, and you are ready to begin creating holiday memories of your own. If you have left over material as I did, you can use it to make matching cloth napkins.

Supply List



4 large buttons