Card tables are convenient to use when entertaining over the holidays, but they can be eyesores. A simple slipcover that is fitted and washable (not to mention pretty) is the perfect solution.Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Prewash white cotton twill fabric in warm water and dry on high. Using sharp scissors, cut twill to table dimensions plus approximately three inches overhang on each side.
Turn the cut twill so what will be the top is facing down and center it on the card table. Pinch and pin fabric in two places on each corner to create darts. This will pull fabric tight around table top. Sew each dart and remove pins. Turn slipcover over and put on table to ensure a tight fit.
Cut cotton cording to length, so it will wrap around entire table once. From the remaining unused twill, cut a strip of fabric that is 2 inches wide and same length as cord. Wrap around cording and sew with zipper foot. Turn cotton twill fitted to table inside out and pin piping along bottom edge of table. Make sure raw edges are facing same direction. Fold ends under where piping edges meet. Sew using a zipper foot and remove pins.
Use a yard stick to determine approximate drop length desired for skirt. (About seven inches is generally a good drop length.) For a seven-inch skirt, sew 15” squares of fabric together to create a piece long enough to wrap around table circumference twice. Press seams open where fabric is stitched together. Fold skirt piece in half length-wise with right sides facing out. Press the fold.
Turn all pieces of the slipcover inside out and fit around the table. Pleat skirt with folds facing in same direction, about two inches deep and four inches apart. Place pins just above piping with all raw edges facing the same directions. Be mindful of how much fabric is remaining, so there is enough to go around entire table. Pin seam where skirt ends meet, making sure raw edge will be on underside of skirt. Using a sewing machine equipped with a zipper foot, sew along piping edge, removing pins along the way. Sew seam where skirt ends meet. Trim threads. Turn slipcover right side out and place on table. Press if necessary. Slipcover can be machine washed and dried. Use bleach or spot cleaner on stubborn stains.