I saw the idea for a tablecloth made from bandanas here. I book marked it, and was waiting for the opportunity to make one and use it! My son had his 6th birthday party last weekend. We held it outside so it was the perfect opportunity.
I went to hobby lobby and picked up 24 different colored bandanas for 99 cents each. You can probably find them cheaper online somewhere, but I did not have time to wait The colors I chose were red, blue, green, navy, yellow, pink and white. I have a son and a daughter, and I wanted to be able to use it for any occasion. (Though a red, white and blue one would be fabulous for the summertime holidays.)
This was actually a very simple project. I just laid the bandanas out on the floor to decide my pattern. Then I sewed them together. I did 3 rows of 4. That covered my 6 foot folding tables very well. You could do 3 rows of 5 bandanas if you wanted a more generous tablecloth. Since the bandanas edges are already finished, all you have to do is line them up, right sides together and sew. Some of the bandanas don’t measure up perfectly, so you just have to adjust them as you go. I sewed the rows of three together first. Then I lined up the corner intersections together, pined them and sewed the rows of three together. Like this:
See how that green one was bigger? I just adjusted for it as I sewed. I didn’t even press the seams flat, I just used my pins to hold down the seam allowances.
I worked on this project for a few minutes at a time over a couple of days… It was very quick and looked great! Here it is in action at my son’s Birthday Party:
I will be linking up to these fabulous linky parties listed here.