6.09.2010

Vinyl Table Cloth Projects

My kids are slowly destroying my dining room table.  And that's not even with art projects or anything, just the sticky foods get stuck in the decorative edge of the table (yes my kids get the occasional pop tart, and boy can those things make a mess with a young kid!).  Table clothes just seem to slip around so I had almost given up when I came across this genius idea.  Smashed Peas and Carrots took a vinyl table cloth and sewed it like a slip cover so it couldn't slip around! The process is super simple (and very quick) as long as your table cloth is larger than your table.  My table is huge but I found the perfect vinyl cloth at Target for $4.99!!! It was a Circo brand on an endcap.  I wanted something fun that might make the kids sit at the table a little longer, but you can totally use something that will blend in more to your room.  I didn't get a great shot of the overall finished project but here is a snapshot to show you the pattern.
It's a bunch of little fish! I thought they would be fun for the kids to practice counting.  I did secure the corners with a bulldog clip even after sewing to fit snug just because of the beveled edge my table has, the corners were kind of slipping off.  But with the clips it works like a charm!

I even had some left over so I made a nice big wet bag for the pool!
This was my very first time sewing in a zipper!!!! And I think it turned out great.  I did take pics along the way just in case it turned out I could do up a tutorial, but I ended up making a mistake and instead having the exposed seam being on the inside it ended up on the outside.  That's what I get for deciding I don't need directions and just winging it.  But if you want to make one with your scraps there are a ton of zipper pouch tutorials out there and you can just ignore the dimensions and follow the steps with the size your using. 

18 comments:

  1. L♥VE it! I totally need one of these for our family VAcay to the beach in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Yours turned out so nice! I love the fish pattern. The wet bag made out of the scraps...you are awesome!

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  3. We have the same tablecloth on our table! I've been wondering what to do with our tablecloths when they are shot. I need to keep using them to cover the antique farm table that was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. However, with the two boys, we go through a tablecloth every 2 months or so. The wet bag is a great idea. What else can you think of for me? :)

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  4. Love it. Sounds like the grossness that is our table!

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  5. I am all over it, the clips are a great idea too.

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  6. Wow the wet bag is an awesome idea. My grandmother actually showed me how to secure one of those table cloths by putting elastic around the edge. The elastic stretches so you can get it over the edge, but then springs back to fit snug around the table. Works best with round tables. Those types of table cloths are always so inexpensive and so many great things can be made from them. I have even seen outdoor pillows made with them. Thanks for sharing, and by the way...you've got one up on me cause I have never sewn a zipper!

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  7. i think i just might need to make this...thank you!

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  8. Love this idea! With a 2 year old little boy... this is needed at our house!

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  9. I have clear vinyl covering my antique table. You can buy it off the roll at craft stores and they have all different thicknesses. I think I use the 12 thickness, it is thick enough to protect my table, but I can still fold it around the edges and staple it underneath the table. That way, it still looks like my table, but my kids can't ruin it! It cleans off so easy, and when it starts looking bad, I just get another 2 yards and do it again! Also, if you stretch it a little and staple it tight, it doesn't shift around. I was going to get a glass top, but discovered this instead, and am so glad I did! I love your blog!

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  10. I have done exactly what Gina has with the clear vinyl. I just used the big heavy duty quilting tacks to secure it underneath. I took it off a couple months ago, when I needed to expand the table, this reminds me I need to get some more vinyl!!!

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  11. I just got a new kitchen table and have been hounding the kids about keeping it nice....

    My last table was a mess...YUCK! I always thought about doing this with my old table. It was round and I was going to take a round table cloth and put an elastic band around it so it hug the table. I got rid of the table instead :)

    I will be trying this to keep my new table nice.

    Love the pouch you did a good job...BRAVO! On the first time zipper :)

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  12. Nice work on the zipper! I love this idea!

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  13. I have got to make me some wet bags. I keep seeing them pop up and I love the idea!

    (I've also been eyeballing that tablecloth at Tar-zhay!!)

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  14. That is the perfect tablecloth for the wetbag!

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  15. Great minds think alike. I stockpiled a bunch of these tablecloths in different colors/patterns ($2 at my Target) with the hope of making wet bags for the pool and boat. I have never sewn with this type of material - did you have to use a heavy duty needle or Teflon presser foot? Any advice greatly appreciated!

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  16. Yours turned out so nice! I love the fish pattern!

    corner kitchen table

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