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Outdoor Canvas Tablecloth

Martha Stewart Living, July 2008

Made from a series of canvas panels laced together with cord, this tablecloth fits a standard table for 10. Ours is 148 inches long by 46 inches wide. You can adjust the size, adding or subtracting a center panel for each pair of place settings.

1. Cut 157 inches of blue cotton canvas into two 31-by-46-inch pieces (center panels) and two 47 1/2-by-46-inch pieces (end panels).

2. Fold under 1 1/2 inches on both long sides of each center panel, and press flat with an iron. With chalk, draw a line 1/2 inch from the edge along the folded sides, and make a dot every 3 inches. Repeat on 1 short end of each end panel. Affix eyelets at marks.

3. Fold 7/8-inch-wide single-fold red bias tape (you'll need 2 packages) in half lengthwise, and press flat with the iron. Sandwich raw edges of all panels between folds of bias tape cut to fit; secure with fabric glue.

4. Arrange panels side by side, eyelets aligned. Lace panels with 7 yards of red acrylic cord divided into 3 equal portions, beginning and ending with a half-knot. To prevent cords from unraveling, bind ends with clear adhesive tape.

Comments (5)

  • 1Toffy 1 Sep, 2008

    I like this idea as well for it is a simple but attractive solution with options. I see this idea in other applications as well. Would work on a larger scale for Canopy Sides or a removable way to enclose a Cabana, or patio. Nice idea.

  • Adriannaa 31 Aug, 2008

    This is both fun and beautiful, not to mention practical to have around. Who is foolish enough to complain about this being "just any crafty idea?" Its' a gret idea. Silly woman.

  • sousekl 30 Aug, 2008

    I think it looks like a fun idea. The cording down the center makes for an interesting center, and the centerpiece can be created around it on either side.

  • netzi85 30 Aug, 2008

    From a truly nautical standpoint, this is excellent. My new place is by the water and I'm wanting a truly nautical/seaside feel to the theme of things without the kitshy(sp) craft look. Sails (and sail cloth) are super spendy and this gives the great purposeful look without the exhorborant expense. Thanks!

  • yoopergal13 30 Aug, 2008

    Sorrry, this looks awful. Why would you go through all this work only to have the cording dictate where you can place things on your table.??? We're crafters looking for great craft ideas.... not just any craft idea.