Stay-Put Tablecloth Tutorial

Easy Table Cloths

If you have little kids you know that tablecloths can be a bit of a hassle. After our table cloth (and food!) had been pulled off one too many times I took matters into my own hands and sewed a stay-put tablecloth. I’ve made many of these and want to share this stay-put tablecloth tutorial with all. I seriously love this so much!

Stay Put Tablecloth

It has nice tight corners that wrap right around the table. No more little toddler hands pulling this off πŸ™‚


If your family is also spill prone then I recommend using laminated fabric or oil cloth for this project. I started with a tablecloth we already had (a stain resistant one from BB&B) and worked from there πŸ™‚

Every table is a bit different so we’ll start with some measurements. Measure the length, width and depth (how thick) of your table and jot those down. Then measure how far under you want it to wrap around. On my table it’s only about 1/2″ before it runs into the legs. Now let’s calculate our pattern piece measurements:

Tablecloth Width= Tabletop Width + Depth*2 + Wrap Around*2 + 1.5″ for

Tablecloth Length=Β Table top length + Depth*2 + Wrap Around*2 + 1.5″

Cut a rectangle to that length and width and then we’ll make the cutout in each corner.

Cutout= Depth+ Wrap Around + 1″


To sew up your tablecloth head on over to my Crib Sheet Tutorial which has lots of pictures to help you sew it together. Really we’re just making a giant fitted sheet for our table πŸ™‚
crib sheet tutorial

16 Responses

  1. I love your table cloth that hugs the table. I have a very expensive (and not very well made as it relates to kids food, smudges, drinks, etc) Crate and Barrel dining room table. I want to order a cover and would like to know I the easiest way to measure is, so that I can get a price quote.


  2. Thank you so much! I am so tired of readjusting our tablecloth! Is there a calculation to determine the amount of eladtic needed by chance? Thanks again!

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