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Spiderweb Tablecloth

This project requires off-white fabric that does not glow under a black light. You'll need to start with a square piece that is at least 10 inches wider than your table's diameter. A small, round table is ideal.




  • Off-white fabric
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Fold square in half to form a rectangle; press with an iron on medium heat. Fold in half to form a small square; press. Position so that center of original square is at top left. Fold bottom-left corner to top-right corner, forming a triangle; press. Fold top-right corner down to triangle's longest side, forming a narrower triangle; press.

  2. Step 2

    Place top point of triangle at the center of table, letting the rest hang over the edge. A few inches below the overhang, cut an inward arc (see left) through all fabric layers with scissors.

  3. Step 3

    Unfold fabric. Lay atop a paper-covered surface (this will help absorb the marker, which will bleed slightly). Using a quilting ruler and a black-light-reactive invisible marker, trace folds extending from the center to the tips of the scalloped edges.

  4. Step 4


     Outline edge of tablecloth with marker. Draw bowed lines, parallel to edge, between folds. Let dry 20 minutes. 

Martha Stewart Living, October 2008



Reviews (3)

  • LaceyBones 29 Jun, 2009

    I'm going to make this for a small table in my office, not just for Halloween.

  • 1Toffy 1 Nov, 2008

    Be more descriptive of the fabric used for this project. Was it Muslin, Broadcloth, Quilters Cotton....what?? The way it is described makes us really have to buy more than needed to sample under a black light after we get home. Then if wrong make a second trip to the fabric store. More consideration here is definately needed. You see I am remote and 23 miles one way from a large fabric store (JoAnns).Be explicit, thorough,with little doubts to the reader, no mistakes.Those are ours to make.

  • 1Toffy 1 Nov, 2008

    Wow, again a terrific project. Wish I had found this a couple days ago, I would have done this one for my Halloween Candy table at my Front Door. My trick or treaters always seem to walk in to see the decorations. Last night many commented on the fact that I did have awesome decor, so I guess very few here actually decorate for Halloween. Kids and adults were impressed so I am happy I could please them.