My mum had her birthday in June, and she asked if I could sew a tablecloth for her as a birthday present. As it is the height of summer, I wanted to select some really summery fabrics for the project. She lives in a modern flat, with walls painted white in a typical Finnish style, so modern cotton prints with large patterns suit the decor very well. In the end I chose some fabrics from Heather Bailey, as they are nice and summery, and romantic to suit my mum’s style but modern at the same time.
My mum and dad’s dining table is quite wide, so none of the fabrics were wide enough by themselves, so it had to be some sort of patchwork style, but I didn’t want it to be too overpoweringly hotch-potch. In the end I just added a border to the main fabric, with a narrow band of green fabric for contrast to separate the two main fabrics. I’m really pleased with the results, and I think my mum was too.