Here’s one of the Christmas presents I made – a patchwork tablecloth for one of my sisters-in-law. I like making presents for my sisters-in-law – as they are women pretty close to my own age it is always relatively uncomplicated to think of what to give them. Most of the time they’ll like what I like, which makes gift-making much less anxiety-inducing. Home-made tablecloths from pretty fabrics always seem to be a big hit.
The fabrics for this project are by Kate Spain. I particularly like them (well, they’re seagreen so what do you expect!) but I also knew they’d be just right for my sister-in-law’s dining room. I still have some fabrics left so I might need to make another one for myself.
I nearly always make my patchwork tablecloths double-sided. Yes it takes more fabric and more effort, but the reverse side of patchwork never looks very tidy so I prefer to hide it between two layers. I’ve also found double-sided tablecloths to be very practical: if one side gets stained you just turn it over and you get a clean cloth without having to do any more ironing (great if you suddenly get an urgent need to keep up appearances because of unexpected guests).