Sunday I did a black and white tablescape using this little tablecloth I made from a drop cloth scrap. I am trying to use up my scraps so this does have a seam in the middle, but for my purposes it was perfect.
Two sides of this were already hemmed so I just hemmed up the other two sides. I took some upholstery roping, the kind you use for welting, and tied my rag scraps onto it. Just a simple tie. You don't need to knot it and just lay your pieces right next to each other. You don't need to bunch them up. It comes out quite full. This makes the fringe part of the tablecloth. This fringe is so cute, you could use it just like it is for party decorations, swags, garlands. How about some pillow fringe? I love this stuff.
I laid the fringe down on the right side of the drop cloth and then from the back, I just did a tight baste stitch to attach it. I tried stitching from the front side, but it was turning out to be a nightmare. So the underside method worked the best and it is on there nice and secure. Doesn't it look cheerful? I am going to use this at Halloween too.
If you have one of those special cutters and know how to use it, then by all means do that, but here is how I cut these strips lickity split. I took a yard of fabric and folded up a third of it. I cut on the fold.
Then I folded that one third yard of fabric in half, salvage to salvage end. I cut on the fold.
Now I took both those pieces and folded them in half going the same direction and cut them on the fold. I kept folding my smaller and smaller pieces and cutting on the fold until I had twelve inch long strips by one inch. For this project I used one yard each of three different fabrics. The toile was 60 percent off and the other two were just inexpensive cotton so the whole project was under $20. It makes a cute accent tablecloth. It's pretty much a no sew, meaning no sewing machine required. I even hemmed the drop cloth by hand because I was too lazy to get the machine out. I did the whole project while I caught up with my Tivo. Give this fringe a try. It's what I call a happy project, and by the way, don't worry about getting toile or any other directional fabric going in the correct direction. When it's all finished you can't tell the difference anyway. Happy crafting everyone.
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