Make a Rustic Tablecloth With Ruffled Burlap Trim

Embellish a basic thrift-store or hand-me-down white tablecloth with strips of inexpensive burlap to give the plain table linen a sophisticated, custom look, perfect for Thanksgiving.
Rustic Tablecloth With Ruffled Burlap Trim

Rustic Tablecloth With Ruffled Burlap Trim

A basic thrift-store or hand-me-down white tablecloth is embellished with strips of inexpensive burlap to give the plain table linen a sophisticated, custom look, perfect for Thanksgiving.

Materials Needed:

  • white linen or cotton tablecloth
  • approximately 5 yards of burlap (will vary depending on size of tablecloth)
  • white cotton all-purpose thread
  • scissors
  • cutting mat
  • rotary fabric cutter
  • clear quilting ruler
  • pencil
  • pins
  • sewing machine

Prep Tablecloth and Cut Burlap

Wash and press white cotton or linen tablecloth. Using a rotary cutting tool, clear ruler and a cutting mat, cut burlap into two-inch strips lengthwise. Tip: Scissors can be used if a rotary cutter is not available.

Prep Tablecloth and Cut Burlap

Prep Tablecloth and Cut Burlap

Wash and press white cotton or linen tablecloth. Using a rotary cutting tool, clear ruler and a cutting mat, cut burlap into two-inch strips lengthwise. Tip: Scissors can be used if a rotary cutter is not available.

Mark Tablecloth

Use a clear quilting ruler and pencil to measure and lightly mark lines to use as a guide when pinning pleated burlap strips. The first line should be two inches up from the bottom edge of tablecloth and the second line should be six inches above the first. If using a rectangular or square tablecloth, measure carefully around corners to get a straight miter. Tip: Additional rows of pleated burlap can be added if desired, and the spacing can be customized depending on preference.

Mark Tablecloth for Guide to Pinning Burlap

Mark Tablecloth for Guide to Pinning Burlap

Use a clear quilting ruler and pencil to measure and lightly mark lines to use as a guide when pinning pleated burlap strips. The first line should be two inches up from the bottom edge of tablecloth and the second line should be six inches above the first. If using a rectangular or square tablecloth, measure carefully around corners to get a straight miter. Tip: Additional rows of pleated burlap can be added if desired, and the spacing can be customized depending on preference.

Pleat and Pin Burlap

Using pencil lines as a guide, pleat and pin burlap to tablecloth. The size and fullness of pleats can be adjusted depending on the desired look. Small, crowded pleats will give a fuller, ruffled look and larger pleats will achieve a more tailored, folded look. Tip: For large tablecloths, pin and sew burlap in smaller sections.

Pleat and Pin Burlap for Tablecloth

Pleat and Pin Burlap for Tablecloth

Using pencil lines as a guide, pleat and pin burlap to tablecloth. The size and fullness of pleats can be adjusted depending on the desired look. Small, crowded pleats will give a fuller, ruffled look and larger pleats will achieve a more tailored, folded look. Tip: For large tablecloths, pin and sew burlap in smaller sections.

Sew Burlap

Using a sewing machine threaded with all-purpose white cotton thread, stitch straight down the center of each pleated burlap strip. Remove pins and trim threads. Since burlap edges are left raw, there will be fraying, but the edges can be sewn if a cleaner look is desired. Note: Finished tablecloth should be spot-cleaned by hand or dry-cleaned.

Sew Burlap Trim to Tablecloth

Sew Burlap Trim to Tablecloth

Using a sewing machine threaded with all-purpose white cotton thread, stitch straight down the center of each pleated burlap strip. Remove pins and trim threads. Since burlap edges are left raw, there will be fraying, but the edges can be sewn if a cleaner look is desired. Note: Finished tablecloth should be spot-cleaned by hand or dry-cleaned.

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