How to Easily Dress Up a Plain Tablecloth
adhesive bonding tape or fabric glue
1 yard of fabric to be added as a border
Cut Fabric Border
Lay the fabric on a flat, level surface, mark it to the desired width for the decorative band (we used 2"), then cut out using fabric scissors.
Gimp trim is a small decorative accent trim that's often used in upholstery. Unfurl spool of gimp out on a flat, level surface, mark it to the finished perimeter length of your tablecloth using chalk, then cut with scissors.
Stitch Border to Tablecloth
After the border has been cut to size, position it in its final place on the tablecloth (leaving approximately 1/8" of a gap above the bottom), then run it through the sewing machine using all-purpose thread (white works best for a clean, finished look).
To attach the gimp to the sewed fabric band, cut adhesive bonding tape to size and place it beneath the gimp, then use an iron to activate the bond (Image 1). This can also be done using fabric glue by adding a bead of glue beneath the gimp, then activating the bond with the iron. Press or steam your completed tablecloth before use for a crisp, clean look (Image 2).