I just completed my first craft show using my newly made fitted table covers. They worked out so well that I wanted to share how I made them.
|Notice where the panels overlap to allow easy access to the under table space|
After much consideration I chose to buy two bolts (20 yards) of "silver" color panne velvet. Panne is simply that widely available, inexpensive, synthetic crushed velvet that people use for costumes a lot of the time. It has several benefits. It has a low knap which makes it look a bit like suede and therefore less fancy than other velvets. It comes in a wide range of colors including the silver which is a very neutral grey color and fit perfectly with my displays. Because it has a crushed velvet look you can simply fold it away and put it in a plastic shopping bag or bin for storage. When you are ready to use it, it looks pretty much like it did when you stored it away. And the price was right. In stores it normally runs around $7 per yard. On sale you can find it for half that. There are a few potential drawbacks with the panne. It's not thick so light will show through when it is back lit. I don't think that it will hold up well to very heavy use, It's not something I would use for outdoor shows because it's not something you would want to wash after each show. Also, it is quite stretchy so I knew I would have to take some extra steps to make it work for me.
I placed some of the panne right side down on the floor and spread it out as much as I could and then covered it with the muslin. I used the table itself as a pattern to trace the tabletop section. Then I cut the top out of both layers at the same time leaving a generous seam allowance.
|My sewing room is also my exercise room. The cushy mats come in handy for crawling around on the floor|
|Two tables in an "L" shape|
Look for a new blog post soon on the incredible ornament display my dad made for me. Also, I'll be working on ways to get a few more pops of my signature turquoise color into my display. If you have any ideas, leave a comment.