Monday, March 19, 2018

How to Piece Together a Toile Tablecloth ~ Part 1

Toile de Jouy  is so quintessentially French... but did you know that this fabric that tells a story with its printed pictures
actually began its life in Ireland???
Yes, yes it did!

Quickly  the fabric became popular in England and France
whereby in the town of Jouy-en-Josas, a suburb of Paris,
toile was being made and soon it became synonymous with the French.

So today  I'm going to show you how to piece together this beautiful fabric into the beginnings of a tablecloth
for your home.

Our dining table set up for a fall tea using our 70" round Shabby Chic rose tablecloth ~ a favorite!

My oak table  in storage is 55" square and a 70" square or
circular tablecloth drapes nicely over it as you can see here.
Perhaps you've thought that placing a round cloth on a square
table might look strange but I think it looks charming ~ 
especially with a large ruffle like this one has here.

So while Hubby was outside cooking some carne asada
on our little grill for dinner
I was busy working on piecing this new tablecloth.
{No, actually, this is from the day before. I got our fixings
together while he cooked.}
I just wanted to share a cute picture of Mr. Ethereal.

How to Piece together Toile

First of course you have to know how long and wide
your table is, add the drop around the edge of the table
and any extra fabric you might like if adding a pleated
skirting around the tablecloth's edging
to know what your finished length will be.

Double that and with any repeat patterned fabric
look at the repeat and add one more repeat or at least
a part for matching.
This goes for matching plaids, too.

Count your repeats ~ I had ten as I had the store clerk cut
3.5 yards of this Waverly toile de Jouy.
Since I'd like to use this as a set of tablecloth plus napkins
I also bought another 1.5 yards of a coordinating fabric.

Pick something that you can use as your reference on
each repeat ~ in this case I used a flower along
the fabrics selvage edge.

Draw a line across your fabric through or under your
reference point.
Don't worry that the pattern might not be printed totally
on the grain ~ it's okay.
My pattern was just slightly off grain and it isn't going
to be that big a deal once the fabric is hemmed.

Now the part that takes patience

Find where your selvage when turned under will line up
with the repeat vertically across the second piece of fabric.
Turn and match by overlapping all the way down the fabric.
{This is where it is important to have leftover fabric.}

Since the selvage has holes where the loom or printing machine stretches the fabric and moves it along as a huge roller rolls over
and prints the design onto the fabric,
these holes are perfect for using as a turning and sewing guide!

Sew close to the turned edge and in my case I am going to sew
down the second set of holes.

Press before or after sewing with pins in place.

Don't cut the remaining fabric from the top and bottom
just yet.

Shiplap the seam  by flipping to the wrong side and turning
under the selvage, pressing, then sewing from the right side
to the left of the first seam about 1/4".
Shiplapping will sew along the turned under edge creating

a finished underneath seam to prevent unraveling
just as you always finish your seams.

Just a quick photo  sharing our chandelier
and little dining room as I was beginning this project.
Thought you'd like a sneak peak at the chandy
now working! 

Sharing with
Really Crafty Link Party ~ Keeping It Real
Blogging Fifty
Dishing It and Digging It
Beautifully Made ~ My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
*New link party!
Inspire Me Monday ~ Create with Joy
Make It Pretty Monday ~ The Dedicated House
Wow ~ Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday
Beautifully Made #7

See you Wednesday for part 2,

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