Take any old ugly table you might have laying around, and transform it into a lovely French accent table with this DIY ruffled tablecloth project. Make it a super affordable upgrade with inexpensive fabrics like muslin, bed sheets, drop cloths – you name it!
Years ago, in our early married stage of life, my husband and I invested in a couple of fold up tables. I say invested because we were dirt poor and $20 was ALOT of money!
One of those tables was our dining room table. And the other was stored and brought out on special occasions . . . like when company came over. We even pulled out the $4.00 camp chairs to make room for friends to sit in the living room.
We were super high class, quality kind of friends to have 😉
11 years into our marriage, we still have those folding tables, and they still actually come in quite handy when we need to sit more bodies in our home or need an indestructible surface for crafts and such.
One day, when I realized I was tired of dragging it in and out of storage, I looked at the ugly and well loved fold-able table, and wondered if I could just cover it up somehow and use it as an accent table. This is exactly the scene I imagined.
You see, my head already knew – anything can be made pretty with white and ruffles.
This white ruffled tablecloth has proven to be even more effective, as it works as a hidden toy storage spot now and an impromptu fort/hiding place for wee ones.
Not to mention, I now have a new surface to decorate and spruce up to my hearts content.
I took advantage of Valentine Day sales on florals, and constructed a beautiful arrangement of pale flowers in my favorite vintage bucket, and then deconstructed them on Valentines day to hand out to loved ones.
This post is all about double duty and getting the most bang for your buck!
I’m excited to share just how easy it is to make this tablecloth for any size table. I have a video tutorial for you, and step by step images below.
But since I took the time to decorate this space, let me show you around a bit more and talk about some of the sources for the items you see in the images.
At one of my antique store visits, I found a booth for 50% off and eyed everything for its full potential.
In it I found these plastic gold mirror and candle sconces. They weren’t that pretty to look at, but I knew with a little dry brushing with white paint, they could look very French vintage and lovely. I’m thrilled about how they look on the wall!
I’m sure you’ve noticed that lovely grain sack French accent chair by now. Isn’t she beautiful!!
This accent chair came from Joss and Main, one of my favorite places to get high end pieces at prices that won’t feel uncomfortable for these types of investments. I actually have the privilege of partnering with Joss and Main, and they help me by providing product to create lovely images to inspire you, and share wonderful resources. (affiliate links provided)
I have eyed this chair for awhile now, and knew it would look perfect next to the ruffled tablecloth. I’m sure any of you other French accent chair enthusiasts are agreeing with me now!
Take a look at other French accent chairs Joss and Main has available. There are many beauties to choose from!
I’d also like to add, I really wanted real linen fabric for this tablecloth. But when I priced the yardage at the fabric store I decided I didn’t want to spend that much. So I headed over to Wal-Mart and bought 2 bottom of the line, king size cotton sheets for $20 or so total. I used all that fabric for the tablecloth, which made this a very inexpensive project!
While playing around with styling, I also decided to pin it up to create some drape, so I place another white sheet we had laying around under the actual tablecloth.
I have a crazy easy ruffle technique I’ll show in the video below, but first I want to see if you can count how many ruffle projects you see in this space.
I love to decorate with ruffles! I made the plaid blanket and the ruffle pillow as well.
When you discover how easy and fun ruffles can be, you’ll be thinking of all the projects you can create. I’d love to have you watch this short clip while I explain this technique for you.
Again, I’m just learning my way into the video world, so please be patient with me through the quarks.
Now I would be happy to walk you through the instructions for making your own ruffled tablecloth.
You’ll first want to hang your fabric over the table so it covers the table completely. Simply cut off any extra fabric. The corners will droop and puddle on the ground, but just make sure the straight edges are just barely touching the ground.
I’m not going to advise on the amount of fabric needed exactly, because all our tables will be different sizes. Two king size sheets was almost exactly what I needed to create the coverage and the ruffles. I do suggest to figure the amount you will need to cover the table, and then double that amount for the ruffles.
I then took my extra sheet, and measured in 6 inches for the ruffle width. You can determine whatever size of ruffle you would like.
I made a small slit with scissors at that 6 inch mark and tore the fabric the rest of the way.
I really like that torn edge for this type of shabby chic French vintage look, but you could choose to hem your edges if you want a cleaner look. I repeated this step with the rest of my fabric until I had made plenty of strips for the ruffles.
Before I began ruffling one end, I choose to add a stitch 1/4 inch away from the soon to be non-ruffled edge, so fraying would not get out of hand. Again, I wanted the frayed look for this type of project, but you can choose to hem that far end.
Next you will proceed with the instructions in the video above to ruffle your fabric strips, until you have loads and loads of ruffles!
I stitched them all together to create one seamlessly long ruffle and began pinning that onto the tablecloth portion.
I gave myself about and inch and a half of overlap.
No need to do anything fancy on the corners. Just continue pinning around the bend.
Then when I had it all pinned in place, I took it over to the sewing machine and stitched right on top of my ruffle stitch, all the way around.
I completed this project in 2 days of nap times, and have a lovely spot to decorate as a result.
As always, let me know if you give it a try!
Thanks so much for reading and being here to support TIDBITS. Do you have any tables that could be transformed into French accent table perfection?
I’d love to have you pin this and share it with your friends!