Table Talk

Carol Zentgraf
Table Talk

Transform a plain round table into an eye-catching decoration by making a colorful table topper with embroidered accents. Easily adapt the measurements to make the topper fit any table size or shape.

Shopping List

Supplies listed are enough to make one 32" square tablecloth that fits a 20"-diameter round table.

  • 5⁄8 yard of print cotton (fabric A)
  • 3⁄4 yard of print cotton (fabric B)
  • 1⁄2 yard of print cotton (fabric C)
  • 1⁄4 yard of mediumweight white cotton (fabric D)
  • scraps of coordinating print cotton fabric
  • 6" square of flannel
  • 3⁄4 yard of 1⁄2"-wide gimp trim
  • tear-away stabilizer
  • thread: all-purpose & rayon embroidery
  • 6" square of fusible web
  • 1⁄2"-wide fusible web tape
  • removable fabric marker
  • temporary spray adhesive
  • clear ruler with grid
  • four double-tassel tiebacks
  • appliqué scissors
  • floral embroidery designs: 4" square & 5" square

Cut

  • From fabric A, cut one 21" square for the center panel.
  • From fabric B, cut four 6"x23" rectangles for the outer border.
  • From fabric C, cut four 2"x23" strips for the inner border and four 2"x36" strips for the binding.
  • From fabric D, cut four 6" squares and one 9"x10" rectangle.

Embroider

  • Open the small design on the machine screen. Rotate the design at a 45° angle. Print a template of the design. Audition the template on one white square. Once satisfied with the placement, mark the design center on the fabric right side using a removable fabric marker.
  • Hoop the square with a piece of tear-away stabilizer. Embroider the design outline. Once the outline stitches are complete, remove the hoop from the machine, but don’t remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Position one coordinating fabric scrap right side up over the outline stitches, using temporary spray adhesive to secure. Place the hoop back onto the machine and embroider the tacking stitches.
  • Once the tacking stitches are complete, remove the hoop from the machine, but don’t remove the fabric from the hoop. Using appliqué scissors, carefully trim the excess fabric close to the stitches. Place the hoop onto the machine and embroider the remaining design, clipping jump threads with each thread change.
  • Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and the fabric from the hoop. Gently tear away the stabilizer. Repeat to embroider each remaining square.
  • Hoop the fabric D rectangle with a piece of tearaway stabilizer, centering the rectangle within the hoop. Embroider the large design, clipping jump threads with each thread change.
  • Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and the fabric from the hoop. Carefully tear away the stabilizer. Trim the rectangle to a 61⁄2" square, centering the design within the square.

Construct
Use 1⁄2" seam allowances.

  • Using a removable fabric marker, mark the center of the large square and each inner border strip. With right sides together, pin one inner border strip along each square edge, aligning the center marks. Stitch the strips to the square, beginning and ending 1⁄2" from each corner. Press the seams toward the border strip.
  • With right sides together, align the strips diagonally along one corner. Using a ruler, draw a line at a 45° angle from the raw edge to the corner
    (A). Stitch along the line. Trim the seam allowance to 1⁄4". Press the seam to one side. Repeat to miter the remaining corners.
  • Align one fabric B rectangle with the topper left edge with right sides together; pin, and then stitch. Repeat to stitch another fabric B rectangle to the topper right edge. Align one small square with each remaining fabric B rectangle short edge with right sides together; pin, and then stitch.
    With right sides together, stitch one fabric B rectangle to the topper upper edge. Repeat to stitch the remaining fabric B rectangle to the topper lower edge. Refer to the Topper Diagram below.
  • With right sides together, stitch the binding strip short ends to create one long strip; press open the seams.
  • Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press. Fold one long edge 1⁄4" to the wrong side; press.
  • With right sides together, position the binding strip 4" from one topper corner, aligning the raw edges. Stitch using a 1⁄2" seam allowance.
  • End the stitching 1⁄2" from the corner. Fold the binding strip up at a 45° angle and back down over itself, aligning the binding with the adjacent edge; continue stitching (B). Repeat to stitch binding along the remaining edges, mitering the corners.
  • Fold the strip end under the strip beginning. Continue stitching.
  • Fold the binding toward the topper wrong side; press. Edgestitch from the right side, catching the binding fold in the stitching.

 

Finish

  • Center the flannel square right side up over the embroidered square wrong side, using temporary spray adhesive to secure.
  • Adhere the fusible web square to the flannel, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the paper backing, and then center the square right side up over the topper. Fuse, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Position the gimp trim along the center square perimeter; pin. Position fusible web tape strips along the trim wrong side; fuse, following the manufacturer’s instructions, removing the pins as you fuse. Stitch the trim edges to secure.
  • Stitch a double tassel to each topper corner on the fabric wrong side.

Designs

Appliqué flowers: Amazing Designs, Jacobean Appliqué 1; amazingdesigns.com

Large flower: Amazing Designs, Jacobean Flower 4; amazingdesigns.com

Sources

A Treasure Nest provided the tassels and trim: (800) 977-3976, atreasurenest.com.

Michael Miller Fabrics provided the Orange Meandering Vines and Spice Dancing Flowers fabrics: (212) 704-0774, michaelmillerfabrics.com

The Warm Company provided Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web: (425) 248-2424, warmcompany.com.

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table talk
great, simple directions. nice look.

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