Here’s a quick and simple solution to making those awkward centre holes for the great outdoors patio table cloth! All the stitching is done prior to cutting out the shape. The reason why I do it this way is because the shape holds up so much better and looks a lot neater when complete!
You will need,
A pretty tablecloth (or fabric of your choice!)
Approx 10″ square Contrasting fabric for the backing
10″ square medium weight fusible stabiliser
Sewing machine, thread and scissors
Iron on the fusible interfacing to the back of the contrasting fabric.
Fold the table cloth or hemmed fabric into quarters to find the centre and press lightly to form a cross crease.
Do the same with the smaller contrasting fabric.
Now lay the backing fabric right sides together with the table cloth, lining up the pressed cross lines.
Press flat again and pin backing into place.
Grab your compass (or anything circular will do, just be sure the smaller circle will be closely sized to match the diameter of the patio umbrella post.
Many patio umbrellas measure anything in between 28mm and 70mm. Ours is quite big, but check your sizes before drawing out your shapes. The centre circle is the one that should measure about 5-6mm larger than your umbrella post. Outer circle needs to be approximately 50mm wider all the way around.
Now it’s time to start sewing the centre circle. You will need a short stitch setting. Stitch all the way around the centre circle, following the circle shape that you have drawn. Go slow and keep stopping with needle down so that you can pivot your work without it moving. I usually make a couple stitches then pivot and so on until I reach the end. The slower you go and the more you pivot the neater the circle will be!
Trim the backing fabric following the outer circle guide lines. Take care not to cut the main tablecloth whilst trimming.
Cut out the centre circle leaving approximately 6mm seam allowance.
Grab some sharp scissors and snip all the way around the inside curve. Snip almost up to the stitch line but be careful not to cut into the stitches. Failure to snip the seam will prevent the curve from laying nicely.
Now, if you want to, either zig zag or overlock the backing edge. It can be left without overlocking as you’ve used fusible interfacing which will prevent it from fraying. I just prefer to do it this way.
Now it’s time to pull the backing to the back of the tablecloth.
Lay flat and press.
This is what you will be left with…
You can, if you want, leave it at that but I prefer to top stitch to hold it to the back and give it a neater finish…
That’s it… You’re all done!