Project Design Team Wednesday~Laminate Cafe

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Good Morning - introducing
my Laminate CAFE...

 Big Thanks to Riley Blake Designs 
#1 for making a laminate I absolutely love to work with
#2 the opportunity to share with you my designs 
Today I would like to share this laminate tablecloth
with an easy way to string your casing! 
It looks pretty easy, doesn't it?---
to get it to fit snug on a 30 inch square table..well let's see...
The problem I have every summer is my tablecloths never stays on my table..
I tried the weights that you put on each corner but with the extreme winds
we have here on the escarpment, before I knew it- one gust of wind
would find my tablecloth in the forest... 
I resolved to be free of tablecloths and we used table mats on the table
whenever we ate outside...
 I thought of where I spend most of my time..
IN my sewing room! I kept eyeing my ironing board...
And thought....
"Why can't I do the same thing for my table....?"
I bet I lost you right? well continue reading...
Here is what you will need!
Tools needed: 
YOU need a table. (yep it helps)
You need as much fabric with 3 inches added on for the casing
Mine was 1 yard for this table, it measures 30 inch square.
(I have apple of my eye laminate from RBD) 
You will some turkey string, or a heavy twine.  140 inches of that!
 1 yard of 987F Fusible Fleece from PELLON. Theirs add full lofty body 
to the the fabric with a fusible resin, but not a lot of bulk.
                                      It is the perfect cushion for the underside of this laminate.
Now let's measure, paint, sew....
My table is 30 inches I measured and cut
33 inches square...always allow at least 3 inches for casing. 
OK, sew I decided to give my table a new paint job
from taupe to pure white.
It took 2 cans of Tremclad, great paint
for anti-rusting and peeling..
( this table is made from a heavy steel)
After measuring laminate, this is where I add
some  Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece..
It gives it enough body but not too much sew
that a wine glass won't topple. ( or coffee) lol
You are now ready to iron on your 987F to your
laminate. I iron from the middle to edges..and keep ironing
till all your creases and the resin has fused to your laminate!
( takes about 7.4 minutes) 
Cut corners this will help you bring your corners
nice and round even on a square table...
there won't be as much bulk.
Cut one corner and use that as your template
for the other 3.
Now we are ready to sew, I use 1.5 hem and tuck
the other 1.5 inside, for stability.
I then fold my string, measure all sides and add 2 feet.
Place your safety pin on string tying a couple knots
and add some tape to the open end, in case it opens..
We all know what that usually means...pulling
out the string and starting over...
How to not feed your string in at the end..
Do it as you go...look...
If you work in 3 inch increments and be sure you
don't sew your string...this is the easiest way to 
work through your string especially on corners...
If you click on the image it will show you the string
is laid out, turn your seam, stitch and pull again
for the next side...
You have sewn all sides now..time to place it on your table
and pull strings...YOU won't be stringing it 
because you have done that while you sewed.
Pull strings as you would your ironing board cover..
I tucked mine in and did a slip stitch...
Mine will stay on for the rest of the summer!
Can I bounce a dime on it like a soldiers bed?
Just about...
This will be as easy to wash the top and it will stay on for 
the rest of the summer..!
I challenge the winds to take this table cloth away from me~
Thanks to Riley Blake Designs...
This one is here to stay!
Tips on working with Laminates...

 a) polyester thread only
b) size 12 needle..NEW ONE
c) put painters tape the green one or blue one , place a piece
under your stitching foot and cover and trim...
( this will help to feed your laminate through...)
d) use a larger stitch, I used a 0.5 and 4.0 on my Baby Lock)
e) stitch slowly, if you make a mistake although RBD laminates
are forgiving, it is very difficult to rip out seams. 
f) work in 3 inch increments. 
Order some Riley Blake  laminates..they are the best I have used
to date. they are smooth, they don't smell. and you can iron
them with a low setting...
 Next time we meet I will show you how to custom made sleeves for your chairs...
I am sure you all know how to make a cafe curtain..
Next time you make one...
ADD some Chevron hems to deal with
easy to sew on, and it gives it a fresh clean look...
 and SEW Will YOU!
Now let's have brunch...will you join me?


Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. I love your tablecloth. The idea of stringing it like an ironing board cover is genius!! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial!!
    by Ariane
    August 08th, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.
  2. Madame Samm has done it again! A great solution to chasing the tablecloth around the back yard (as I do...). I love these laminates, and am so glad to learn that you can iron the pellon fusible fleece to it! Can't wait to see the tutorial for your chair covers.
    by Deonn
    August 08th, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.
  3. Great tut! Love the look and will be trying out the tablecloth soon!
    by Scrapbook-ChickADoodle
    August 08th, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.
  4. what a great idea. I am going to save this in my favorites.
    by Carrie P.
    August 08th, 2012 at 11:04 a.m.
  5. Within the first few sentences I KNEW it was a Madame Samm post! Thanks for the innovative idea on keeping the tablecloth from flapping off the table.
    by MarciaW
    August 08th, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.
  6. What a great idea!!! It would work with my larger patio table, too! I have to make one soon!
    by Linda Winters
    August 08th, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.
  7. Your setting just makes your mouth water for a big cold glass of lemonade and sitting back there chatting for hours! Love the tablecloth, curtains and those chair cushions! Too sexy!
    by Thearica
    August 08th, 2012 at 2:59 p.m.
  8. Madame Samm, you have done it again! What a great idea and I have a glass top table this would be perfect for! Thanks so much for sharing.
    by Connie Campbell
    August 08th, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.
  9. This is a fantastic idea! Your cafe looks very inviting and will always look so spiffy with that gorgeous laminate fabric and your great idea to cover the table. Congrats on creating a very practical and beautiful project!
    by Lesley
    August 09th, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
  10. Of course, I'll join you for brunch. I'll bring some fresh fruit and perhaps a hostess gift (coffee, I think)! What an inviting nook you have created. :)
    by LJ
    August 10th, 2012 at 9:57 a.m.
  11. Love the idea of the ruffle. These are certainly not your Momma's Oilcloth. What fun varieties to chose from. Great tutorial.
    by Dorothy Prudie Fabrics
    August 10th, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
  12. This a fabulous idea, and would probably work fantastic for picnic table as well, using the same method for the bench seats as the table top!
    by Teri
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:01 a.m.

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