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How to Make a Round Tablecloth

Follow along with this excellent tutorial and learn how to cut and sew the perfect round DIY tablecloth for your table.

By: Remona from

Whether you are looking to create pretty picnic tablecloth patterns or simply need a tablecloth for an indoor event, this insanely simple and easy tutorial will show you exactly How to Make a Round Tablecloth. Unlike making a tablecloth for square or rectangle tables, learning how to make a tablecloth for a round table takes a certain amount of cutting skill. If you do not measure your fabric correctly, your DIY round tablecloth will fall awkwardly on your table or, worse, slip off due to an uneven amount of weight.

Luckily, Remona from has created this full tutorial on how to make a round tablecloth, complete with full instructions on determining your fabric yardage and cutting out circular pattern. If you follow along with these simple and easy-to-follow directions, you are sure to make the perfect tablecloth for your pattern. This kitchen craft idea is an essential tutorial for anyone who hosts a lot of parties, loves keeping their kitchen chic, or even brides planning their DIY weddings. Buying tablecloths can be expensive. Plus, finding the right size tablecloth for your particular table needs is often impossible! Skip the hassle and make your own.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Fabric (see below for yardage information)
  • Measuring table
  • Sewing machine (optional)

How to Make a Round Tablecloth

Follow the step-by-step tutorials below on how to create the perfect round tablecloth pattern. In order to make the perfect tablecloth for your table, you need to measure it yourself. Downloading a round tablecloth pattern is not going to help. You need to customize it to your table.

Fabric Type Suggestion:

Oil Cloth fabric for easy clean up and non-fraying features.

Determining How Much Fabric You Need

Unlike creating simple tablecloth patterns for your square tables, the yardage for round tablecloth DIY projects is a bit more complicated. Make sure to measure your table at least twice to ensure that your purchase the perfect amount.

  1. Yardage: The amount of fabric you need is based on the width of the fabric and the diameter and drop of the tablecloth. This is a simple tablecloth so we will just use fabric.

    Click here to download the yardage chart below for later.

  2. Measure the diameter of your table plus 10” for the drop. So, for my table which was 30” in diameter, the measurement of my circle was 40” in diameter.

  3. Cut a giant square using your diameter plus 2” as your width and length. If your fabric is not wide or long enough, you may have to sew a few pieces together to get one big piece before you cut it.

Creating and Cutting Your Round Tablecloth Pattern

Once you have measured your yardage with the steps above, it is time to cut out your pattern. The steps below show you how to use your measuring table to guarantee that you create a perfectly round table.

  1. Here is your square piece of fabric. For mine this was a 42” x 42” square. I bought 2 yards of oil cloth fabric with 47” width.

  2. Next trace your circle pattern. Using chalk, mark a dot on the center of the square.  

  3. Use your measuring table and make dots all around maintaining your diameter + drop measurement. Mine was 30” table diameter + 10” drop which gives me 40”. 

  4. Cut out your circle.


How you finish your tablecloth pattern will really be up to the type of tablecloth you are looking to make. If you are creating an outdoor tablecloth for a picnic, simply cutting your pattern out is all you need to do. If you are looking to create a classier tablecloth for an event or used a fraying fabric, make sure to hem your project.

Need some help leanring how to hem this project? Check out Remona's tutorial on How to Hem on!

Let us know:

When do you absolutely need a tablecloth and when do you skip pulling one out?

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