…how to make a grainsack tablecloth

A traditional tea party usually has a tablecloth. I wanted to make my setting look a bit softer than just my wood table, but I did not want to change my style too much. I decided to look to the type of fabric that many DIYers turn to – drop cloths! That’s right. Canvas drop cloths that you find in the hardware store. They come in all sizes and are perfect for making pillows and table runners especially if you are going for that vintage look.


I wanted my tablecloth to look like the expensive antique runner that I bought a few years ago.


I purchased my canvas drop cloth online and washed & dried it about 5 times until it became worn and soft.



Once it was the right texture, it was time to paint my grainsack lines.


This required my master taper! DH!



We stretched it out onto the floor and we took out our tape measure and painter’s tape.


I tend to eyeball my measurements and even though this sounds like cheating, I actually get pretty close if not exact most of the time. DH, however, always measures and he’s very good at this tedious job.


I wanted 2 parallel lines down the middle. This requires 3 pieces of tape to frame out the spaces for the paint.


Once he was finished taping, it was time to paint. I recently did a custom color for a client and have fallen in love with it. I made extra for myself and wanted to use it for my tablecloth. I used a thin, angled brush and did two coats.



This was the first time I used ASCP on fabric and I must say it worked really well. I went slowly and covered the fabric and then went back over it again so make it a solid color.


I let it dry about an hour and then pulled up the tape very slowly. Sometimes when you peel painter’s tape too quickly and your paint has not dried all the way, it can streak and drip onto the bits where you don’t want paint.


I was pleased with the result as was Ollie. Show off.




Once I had my tablecloth it was time to work on setting the table for my tea! I wanted to expand on the blue color that I chose. I got my paint out once again.

Tomorrow: How to set a table with “your” color.


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Let me preface this post by saying that I have not completed this project yet. I am in the midst of making a tablecloth that looks something like this.



How will I do this, you may ask? Well, if you haven’t hung out with too many DIYers you may not know that one of the top sources for fabric is the hardware store. People have been using canvas and hemp drop cloths for many years making all those cool transfer pillows that you see on Etsy. This is what it looks like when you buy it.



I purchased the Everbuilt brand at my Home Depot for about $21.


With the right size one can actually do a table cloth that could look similar to my expensive, antique grain sack. You must prep your canvas before you try to paint any lines or design onto it. I am going simple to make it look rustic.


It requires many, many washes in the machine to really break down the fabric and make it look soft and more cloth-like. I am on wash #2 and I can tell that I have more to go.


I plan on using this cloth for our Thanksgiving dinner as well as a little neighborhood tea that is coming up and I’ll talk more about soon. Until the, back to the washing machine!