After seeing this birthday part at hip hooray blog here, I fell in LOVE with her table cloth. But buying fabric long enough to fit around the table in every color? No way I could afford that. So I bought a bunch of those cheap plastic table skirts and used that instead of fabric. It was a fun experiment. I wasn’t sure if it would sew well, or if it would work with the ruffler, but it did and was fun! It was really windy and it made the ruffles flow and fly it was really fun to see all the colors!
I actually had almost an entire roll in blue left over from the Dr. Seuss party so I used that as my base. First I measured my tables. My table is 39″ x 45″ so I added 39+39+45+45= 168″ (or 14′) so I unrolled that amount for around the table. Then I cut it to right height, 29″. For the ruffles I cut them 6 inches tall and just started ruffling. I’m actually not sure how long they were, since I just cut off the leftover at the end. I had my ruffler settings to ruffle every stitch, and at about 1/3 the full ruffle lengths. Also I had my stitch setting at 4, which is the longest stitch my machine will do.
I started at the bottom of the table (actually I started at the top with the first table cloth, it was a nightmare, so for the second I got smart and started on the bottom! your welcome!) and ruffled the purple the whole length of the blue sheet.
Then I did blue, then green, over lapping about 1/2″ to an 1″ (depending on how straight I was able to keep it as I sewed!)
Then the yellow and the orange. Next I actually used my regular sewing foot to sew this 14 feet of ruffles onto the 39″ x 45″ top of the tablecloth (just another length of the blue). And once that was done I went back to the ruffler and added the red ruffle. In the first tablecloth I actually did the red ruffle first, then the rest and THEN sewed it to the top. It was really difficult to get it through the machine so I figured it I sewed the sides and top together before adding the red ruffle it would be easier. It was, but not much. Maybe next time I’ll just tape the sides to the top…? Although with the wind we had I’m not sure that would have worked!
And here is what it looked like in the end! It was on both the craft table and the food table and it turned out SO cute! I made both of them in about an hour in the morning before the party so super easy (the second one took half the time, or less, than the first one).
To see the entire Rainbow Garden Birthday party click here!