DIY Kids Tablecloth

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I've always loved to DIY but to be honest, it is a lot more challenging with two kids.  If it is something that my oldest can do with me then it is is a little easier, but using the sewing machine is not one of those things so I rarely DIY much these days.  I'm looking at getting back into it because it is so much fun!

Crafting has always been one of my favorite things to do so when we got the Ikea Flisat table I knew right away that it would need a tablecloth.  I love that it has bins built into it for storage or sensory play, but I also knew that my girls would want to have their snacks there and that the crumbs would get into the cracks.  I just didn't want to have to take the bins out everyday and clean them.  Especially if they were full of water beads or art supplies.

I came up with the idea to create a fitted tablecloth.  At first I was like, I don't have time to make this.  So I went on Amazon and on Etsy.  Amazon didn't have the size I needed and Etsy was expensive.  I'm not paying $40 for a tablecloth that is just going to get dirty!  I decided I would figure out how to make it myself.  After talking to my mom we decided that using elastic was not the easiest.  I'm a novice sewer and with elastic you really have to cut and measure exactly as well as bunch it so that it holds around the table exactly.  Knowing me, it wouldn't have worked the way I wanted it.  Instead, she thought using string or drawstring would be better and easier.  Basically the tablecloth would be a pair of paints that hug the table.  It was genius!

These are the steps I followed.  I didn't find instructions online.  I just made it up as I went and it worked so well.  I even have enough fabric to make one or two more!

I bought a regular vinyl tablecloth from Target.  I wanted one that I could easily wipe off if the girls spilled something.  They didn't have much of a selection but I thought this one with the hearts was cute.  Even after Valentine's Day is over, hearts are still fun and you couldn't beat the price of $4.99.  I also ordered this drawstring rope from Amazon.  It's a lot of rope but you couldn't beat the price of $5.60.

Next I put the tablecloth on the table upside down so the underside was showing and marked off the table with a sharpie.  I left 4-6 inches on each side and cut it.  If I were to do it again I would probably do 6-7 inches unless when you fold it over you are very precise and fold over 2 inches on each side.  I eyeballed it when I was folding and sewing so my long sides of the table would be better and more secure if they were a little longer.

Once it is all cut I pinned one side at a time with the drawstring inside.  You don't want to pin or sew the drawstring down because the point is for it to cinch the table like pants.  I sewed all away around the table cloth and had the two ends of the drawstring meet at one corner.  Initially I was going to have them meet in the middle but decided it would look better in a corner.

Here is the finished product.  I really like how it turned out and it was so easy.

Tag me on Instagram if you make one too!  @diapersanddonuts

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