Any table or countertop used for crafts or sewing projects will be improved by the addition of a measuring tape along the edge, just as you see in fabric stores. Purchase a metal measuring tape backed with peel-off adhesive from a home center, hardware store, or craft shop. Apply tape around the perimeter of the work surface, as shown below, uncovering the adhesive as you go. Snip excess tape with utility scissors.
Martha Stewart Living, May/June 2001