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Thursday, December 3, 2015

DIY On The Cheap - Plaid Table Runner & Napkins

Plaid is all the rage this year for Christmas, but finding table linens is a whole other story.  

First off they are really hard to find - -

Then the price will kill you if you do find them.



When I shared a sneak peak at my Breakfast Room Table, I had dozens of emails asking where I got my  plaid linens.


Here's my super easy DIY On The Cheap Plaid Linens.



We rarely use a tablecloth, most of the time we just use a runner.  With this size table cloth, you can cut it in thirds lengthwise and have plenty for two runners and 6 napkins that are nice and large.  Simply turn under the cut edge and 

1. fold under and hemstitch
2. fold under & stitch with fabric glue
3. Pull threads for a fringe look



Sometimes I like to use two runners like I did in this tablescape, so having two runners allows me to do a totally different tablescape.

Super easy and washable with no ironing, now that is a winner anytime in my book.


What's your secret for "Cheap" linens?

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28 comments:

  1. Great idea, Marty. I've looked and looked for plaid, and am having a problem finding it too! This is a great way to get runners. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Your tablescape looks so pretty, Marty! I do this too because the tablecloths are affordable, a good weight and lots of nice patterns. Love that sweater deer!

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  3. Oh Marty that is exactly what I did last year when I could not find red plaid anywhere!! I searched high and low and ended up with a couple tablecloths from eBay. I also bought a large men's plaid shirt which I cut into ribbons. I have seen plaid this year at JoAnns, though, but I'm using pink. Go figure! Yours looks great!!

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  4. I always learn so much from you, Marty. You're so frugal and manage to figure out how to get the best bang for your buck!
    Brenda

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  5. brilliant! I never would have thought to use a table cloth to cut into a runner and napkins.

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  6. why is it that the real world is always several years behind us bloggers?!! Plaid is a Christmas staple. I have tablecloths from 20 years ago. Don't throw it out, it will come back around! te he!

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  7. I have a plaid tablecloth and have been thinking of remaking it into a Tablerunner as you just mentioned. Tablecloths can be used for so much. I have an ivory one puddled around mt tree base instead of an official tree skirt. I love that you think outside of the box! Fun! Sheila

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  8. From your tablecloth what size in width do i cute the runners and what size are the napkins. I am so going plaid this year.
    Nonie

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    1. I cut three strips 20 inches wide. My tablecloth was 60 x 84, so I cut it lengthwise in thirds. The napkins wound up being 14 x 20 for 6 napkins. That's still a very generous size. I have two runners and 6 napkins out of the one tablecloth.

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  9. Hi, I covered my porch cushions with vintage plaid acrylic tablecloths....hopefully they won't fade. There were so many to choose from in early November, and now---nothing! Your idea is great...because sometimes the runners are more expensive then a tablecloth. Thanks for the 'new' plaid ideas! Sandi

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  10. Great idea Marty. I have used flat sheets also. You are so right about finding plaid this year. Your table runner and napkins look great. Very pretty table.
    Thanks for the instructions and have a great week.
    Mary

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  11. Tablecloths make great curtains too! Used the 120" one on long windows. Still have plaid ones from years ago.LOL

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  12. TJ MAXX had the plaid runners this year for $9.99, but no napkins. I even looked at HOME GOODS, the sister store. I eventually found a brand new pkg. of four napkins for $5 that matched at a second hand store. You cannot hesitate when you find something at these types of stores. I absolutely love your idea, Marty and plan to now start looking at tablecloths for my go to. I was just lucky this year to have found what I did. Judy

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  13. Very clever, Marty, and the runner looks so nice on your table. Love it that you can get napkins from the tablecloth too! Thank you for your prayers for our little granddaughter.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  14. Thank you for your answer. I do have another question. How do I find the instruction you gave on your blog for a round table cover? I am thinking of making one, with a plaid topper.
    Nonie

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    1. Super Easy - here is the link - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2015/07/how-to-make-decorate-with-round-skirted.html

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  15. Great idea Marty! I love the plaid and really love your tablescape.

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  16. I never thought of using twin runners! You are so right about plaid cloths being hard to find! Your table looks great! Blessings, Linda bushelandapickle.com

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  17. Plaid screams Christmas and I love your choice. Your deer is cute with it's her fur collar

    Cindy

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  18. My BFF and I bought 2 large tablecloths on sale for $10/each, at 60x102 inches, and I cut them up and sewed one extra-wide table runner, two runners for our buffets, a kitchen curtain valance, and 6 reversible placemats. I used an old king-sized bed skirt as lining for my runner and the placemats! I love using sheets and tablecloths to make new soft furnishings for my home and for my friends, as it is a reasonably inexpensive way to change decor for the holidays and seasons.

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  19. I'm using a touch of plaid this year too.... I love yours and the reindeer are awesome!

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  20. It looks beautiful and thanks for sharing the how-to! I also just love the sweater reindeer!
    Cheers!

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  21. You are so smart, Marty! What a great idea to make both runner and napkins from a tablecloth. Brilliant!

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  22. Genius idea and so affordable. I definitely need to get some basic sewing skills.

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  23. Marty,
    Amazing!!!
    Frugal table linens, dear friend. . .never 'cheap' on your table!!!
    I adore your talents and abilities!!!
    It has been one difficult year as I ponder about updating my table linens!!!
    The selection is limited and the prices are exorbitant.
    Thanks for sharing how you solved the problem of finding great table linens!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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