Tuesday, March 30, 2010


In the middle of my preparations for upcoming art fairs, I am frantically trying to redesign my booth setup for the season. I created my own fitted tablecloths last year, but after a full show season, they are ready to be retired. This year, I am thinking RUFFLES!

I have been obsessed with the image of the crisp white ruffled tablecloth with sunny yellow accents from Country Living since I first saw it earlier in the month. I love how fresh and cheerful it is while being utterly and perfectly feminine! I'm torn about the white; however, since I'm not sure how practical a white tablecloth would be for one outdoor event after another. Though, on the other hand, I have heard that white is really the best color for items that see a lot of use since they can be easily bleached or OxiCleaned back to their original beauty. I am smitten with the idea of a clean white tent, gorgeous white ruffled tablecloths and various candy-colored pastel accents. I currently have all my display pieces colored bright white, but it would be so fun to change a few to sunny yellow or aqua or petal pink for a bit of playful interest.

The next tablecloth inspiration was handmade by Andrea Singarella of Everyday Beauty. She repurposed a ruffled shower curtain to create this adorable tea-stained tablecloth. The more ruffled tablecloths I see, the more convinced I am that this is the look I am going for this year with my display. I have a feeling it is going to be a real pain to sew two six-foot by three-foot floor-length ruffled tablecloths entirely from scratch. I'm afraid sewing them from scratch is my only option to keep the cost low and to get the perfect fit I desire. If anyone has any cost-effect yet time saving tricks, please send them my way!


  1. I LOVE the ruffles. Those table cloths are gorgeous Amy! I don't know a thing about sewing but I have faith in you girl!! You'll have to show us what you end up doing...or better yet maybe I'll make it out to see the booth in person!


  2. The first image is beautiful! I think a ruffled table cloth would be great :)

  3. A few months ago, I made a ruffled tablecloth for a craft show. I made it using a vintage white tablecloth and purchased the cotton fabrics to make the ruffles. It took me a couple of hours to sew it. Check my blog link to see the pictures.


    If you have a ruffle attachment, ruffle a piece of fabric to be able to calculate the length you will need, about 12 feet of ruffles for each layer for a 6' by 3' table.

    Have fun!

  4. Here's an article I found that discusses a couple of easy techniques for making ruffles. I hope it helps!

  5. I found a rainbow ruffled tablecloth tutorial earlier today, it would look pretty made in white.



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