When planning my daughter’s 1st birthday, I began looking for the trendy ruffled tablecloths that look so stunningly cute and beautiful on tables. However, I was unprepared for the cost- $200-$400 depending on the colors, sizes etc. I was not willing to spend that kind of money on a tablecloth and without any sewing abilities whatsoever, I let the idea of a ruffled tablecloth stay a dream.
Then one lovely day at the thrift store- I found 3 of these pink ruffled sheets (unfortunately, this was after her party):
With no particular plan in mind, I grabbed them up and knew I could make something work? (even if I cannot sew) For $1.99 each, I could not pass it up!
*When looking for your own- keep size and measurement in mind
I wanted a tablecloth for a standard event table of 30 X 72, I did not have the measurements on me at the time, but I could tell by eyeballing them, that it would work.
Ruffled material, bed skirt, curtain or other thrifted supply with ruffles
(I used 3 ruffled sheets measuring 41.5 X 85 each)
Washable Fabric glue
Some heavy books
– When I pick up any item from a thirft/yard/Craigslist I clean it thoroughly- I ran this item through the wash with bleach
– my most hatest task- IRON
– Take two of the sheets, lay one down on your surface, take other sheet and place on top of bottom sheet and choose your desired look for the ruffle.
– I chose for the ruffle to end right above where the other ruffle begins. You may want to space them out if you desire, I liked the very ruffled look for mine.
– Apply glue onto one sheet and press firmly together with the other sheet.
– Lay books (or other heavy objects) on top to seal the glue*.
|This is about .001% of my cookbook collection 🙂|
– The glue says it will hold in 3-5 minutes, mine did not. I waited at least 45 minutes and the sheets were securely bonded.
– Repeat until all sheets are glued together. Since I had three sheets I did this 6 times: one layer of glue on the long side, one layer of glue on the two short sides. If you are working on a large surface to accommodate entire sheet, you can glue all at once.
* If your sheets are of thin material- use caution with the surface you are gluing on, the glue will bleed through to the surface. Use something below the sheet to protect the surface.
Thrifted note– you may have thought I got lucky with the ruffled cloths, but I see them every time I visit thrift stores (this is not an example of that rare jewel at the store!) (unless it is an Ohio thing?)
I DID get lucky with the soft pink color, which is what I wanted.
However, if you do not find your desired color- dye it! Or get multiple shades for an ombre look! With persistence, you can find your own thrifted DIY beauty!
This three tiered ruffle tablecloth would have been perfect for my daughter’s party but I did make another tablecloth using a twin bedsheet and ribbon- I will share that later!
I need someone girly to need a wedding shower thrown by me, I cannot wait to find a reason to use the tablecloth. Hmm maybe a shabby chic tea? Anyone in Ohio want to join me?
For $10.00 including the cost of glue that I can use for other projects, it can fit anyone’s budget!
I am so happy with the results that I now regret not picking up the blue ones I saw a week ago…
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