Embroidering Tablecloths

If you know embroidery, you already know that you can embroider literally anything. You don't even have to purchase expensive materials like silk and linen as hand embroidery can liven up even a simple cotton cream tablecloth. However, here are a few tips that will help you create unique and beautiful pieces of art every time.

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Use a Template

Most art stores offer embroidery templates that you can iron on to cloth. Just peel off the plastic protective sheet, and place the transfer on the tablecloth. Iron the pattern and the design is transferred on to the cloth. Once you've finished the embroidery, you can wash the cloth and transfer will wash out. You can also choose to draw the design freehand on to the cloth but this may result in mistakes.

Starch The Tablecloth

A soft tablecloth may slide about in the hoop and this may affect your embroidery. It's a far better idea to starch the material and it will remain in place and help you complete the design on time.

Learn New Stitches

There are thousands of websites online with videos that you can use to learn different stitches. Learn as many stitches as possible and try to use a combination of different stitches on a complex pattern. However, if you have a simple pattern, then you should use a simple, single stitch to create an elegant format.

Needle Care 

Swab needles with silicone to make them easier to push through cloth. Always check your needles after use as a damaged needle can pull the thread resulting in frayed threads and ragged edges. Change the needle based on the pattern. For a small design use a fine needle to prevent creating large holes in the cloth.


Embroidery and appliqu go particularly well with each other. Choose a small design and combine it with a paper-backed fusible stabilizer to ensure that the design remains in place.

Use a Thread Organizer

Thread organizers are a good way of keeping thread and needs in place. Use two pieces of material to create your pockets that will hold loops of thread in place. Pull out the thread loops as required.

Final Wash

After you finish the piece, it may require a wash. The best way to do this is by immersing the entire tablecloth in warm water. Add pure soap flakes to create lather. If possible avoid all strong detergents. Swish the tablecloth around twice and then gently pat out the water. Rinse twice in warm water and lay out on a white towel. Roll up the tablecloth like a jelly roll as this will suck out extra water. Hang out in indirect sunlight to dry completely. Remember to iron on the reverse side to keep the stitches in place.

We hope that these few tips will help you create beautiful tablecloths for friends and family. If you want more help, do feel free to write in to us and we will gladly help you find a pattern and select the stitches for your tablecloth design.