I wanted a new tablecloth for the small square table in my breakfast nook. I looked for a red checked one, but couldn't find exactly what I had in mind. In a fabric store one afternoon, I found a fabric I liked, and decided to make one. I'm glad I did- I got what I wanted, and very inexpensively. The fabric was on clearance. I got enough for the tablecloth and four napkins, all for about $6.00.
This makes a 42" square tablecloth and 15" napkins. All you do is cut out squares, press up hems, and sew straight lines. Easy! OR, you can make this project even easier by making it NO SEW- just press the hems using a heat-bond hemming tape product following the directions on the package. I've used that method with good results.
(Sometimes selvages don't look very good- in that case, you could hem all four sides. Cut the square 42" and hem all four sides. You'll have a 41" tablecloth).
For the hems, I pressed 1/4", folded over another 1/4" and pressed. Then just sewed close to the edge: