Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stacy Fern's Semi-Homemade Tablecloth

If any of you are familiar with Sandra Lee and her semi-homemade recipes,
then you will understand the making of this tablecloth.  Sandra Lee is well
known for using store bought items such as cake mixes and other prepared
food and adding her own twist to them to make them her own without all
the fuss and time involved of a real home cooked meal.  While I don't really
subscribe to that way of thinking (I like to cook from scratch), I used this
this idea to make a tablecloth that I have been wanting to make for a
really long time.  Here is the finished product!

A few weeks ago I purchased a ruffled bedskirt from for the
purpose of tearing it apart and making a tablecloth.  I already have two of
these for my bed and they are so pretty so I decided to take the work out of
making a time consuming cloth and do it this way.  I know...I know...all of you
sewers out there are groaning!  While I know how to sew and have been doing
it since I was a child, it really no longer thrills me.  Also, the idea of gathering
yards and yards of fabric and having threads break did not sound appealing to
me at all.  This was the easiest and quickest way for me to get the end result
I wanted without all of the hard work involved.  I know, I'm a cheater!

I took all of the ruffles off the tablecloth just by cutting really close to the top
ruffle.  It worked perfectly!  There were slight overlaps of ruffles on the two
corners where the corners of your bed would be, but by cutting along the top
of the ruffles, the corners straightened out completely and I just left the
overlapped ruffles as is...hey, it's more ruffley that way!  Then I went down to
JoAnn Fabrics and found some heavier cotton twill fabric that matched my
bedskirt perfectly.  I laid it on the table and traced around the outside, with my
husband's help, and cut out my large oval for the top.  After that all there was
to do was to pin the ruffles along the pencil line that I had traced and sew them
on.  A few zigzag stitches around the whole thing and I was done!  There are a
few pencil lines that need to come out in the next washing, but it turned out
just lovely and I am absolutely thrilled with my end result!

Don't you just love ruffles?  I know I do and I love my tablecloth!

Two dozen faux cupcakes are sitting patiently on my kitchen counter waiting
to be put on my web site and in my Etsy shop.  They just need a few more
days to dry.   Lots of pretty pink and sparkles going on here!

My roses are starting to flop...I kind of like them this way...

I will leave you with this image for now and I'm hoping that you
are having a wonderful day whatever it is you are doing!

Oh yes, and my middle name really is Fern...  (*_*)

Until next time,



~Hassie~ said...

Stacy, I love this!! So easy that anyone could do it ~ and I just might. Thanks for the tip. Love your Blog!

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

It's lovely! I always pick up ruffled curtains and bed skirts to take apart and re purpose. Nothing wrong with saving a little time!

Suzann said...

So pretty!!
I have bought a queen ruffle for my bed but Overstock was out of the twin size, am going to try to make one of these it is so very pretty...I love the ruffles too!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Pollyanna said...

Wow Stacy Fern, you are such a cheater, and look how it paid off. The table cloth is adorable ... Kudos to you for being so clever!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I have the same ruffled skirt on my bed. I have used ruffled covers to make other things too. Making ruffles is very time consuming and labor intensive. YOur tablecloth looks very professional Stacy~great job~what a pretty room! Love the cupcakes too!

debi huntsman said...

Oh, I love, love your beautiful tablecloth. How wonderful and creative!

Tutti Chic said...

stacy-do you think even a sewing dummy like me can do that gorgeous tablecloth??lol! what an awesome job you did-love love love it!!!love your faux cupcakes-they are so sweet....I'm eating the real things down here in houston & walking a ton to burn the calories. crave cupcakes rock!!!xoxo chris

Julie said...

I love projects like this. So creative! It looks amazing! I've been trying to think of something different to do in my very boring dining room, so I think I'm going to steal your idea and do this for my table.

Georgianna said...

Hi Stacy! I'm not a fan of Sandra Lee but I am a fan of your new tablecloth and your cupcakes! Both are so beautiful and a visual treat. Well done! (So happy you love the pendants. :) ) xo – g

{oc cottage} said...

just gorgeous!

m ^..^

Miss Gracie's House said...

I don't think it's cheating at all...I do anything to avoid sewing:) is beautiful!!

Melanie said...

Thankyou for visiting FRENCH BLUE AND PEACHY PINK, I am happy that you did because I have now found your lovely site ! Everything is so pretty. I love your tablecloth ! I have a soft spot for fabric shower curtains. They make great curtains and tablecloths.

sissie said...

Hi Stacey,
You are a clever girl. I just love your ruffly, pretty tablecloth and it looks custom made.

Very pretty.
Thanks for stopping by my blog too.
We were careful not to hurt the dealers feelings, most of them just wanted to unload their wares.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Stacy, I more than love it!!! I just have to do this! I'm a big time sewer too and I would have cheated more than you, I would have bought an oval table cloth, you bought fabric. I just love it!!


Heather Wright said...

I absolutely love this. I showed it to my husband tho and he balked at it, but I think that is because it is white. Your table and chairs - were they originally white? I have my mom's queen anne dining room table and it looks just like that except dark oak or something like that. I love the white instead - not so heavy looking.

Gorgeous site.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Heather ~ my table and chairs are actually original the way they are. They are not white, but a cream color with a tinge of pale yellow in them and the hand painted roses are original too. Thanks for the comment on the banister. I love it too! ~Stacy~