Made By Mrs M

Patchwork Table Cover Tutorial

Craft, Sewing, Textiles, TutorialsKate Marsden

Guest post from Kelly Cheesley of A Place of My Own - follow Kelly on Instagram and Twitter.

We have a shoe storage unit in our hallway that gets used as a bit of a dumping ground. I have found that covering it up with a nice cloth really helps me keep it clear. When Kate sent me some scraps of her wonderful fabric I knew that this would be a perfect use for them. I used a solid grey fabric to compliment the prints and make the feature fabrics go further.

Fabrics - I used small pieces of print fabrics and some Essex Dyed Linen in Grey (approx a fat quarter). I used a print from my stash for the back.


Cutting Mat

Rotary Cutter

Sewing machine


You can adapt this to any size that you like*. I decided I wanted a little overhang on each end so after measuring my unit I decided to make the table cover 36” wide by 14 1/2” high. 

Iron your fabrics and cut them into pieces that are 6 1/2” wide. I cut up all the prints that I wanted to use and then also cut the grey fabric into strips as well.

Lay your fabrics out and play around with them. I decided that some would be just one print and grey, and others would have 2 smaller prints separated by the grey. Ensure that when sewn together they will be bigger than your height plus 1/2”.

Place the pieces right sides together and sew the pieces together along the 6 1/2” seam. Use a 1/4 seam allowance. There is no need to fix your stitches in place at the start and the end of the seam.

Iron your seams open.

Continue to do this for the other strips.

Lay them out side by side to check you are happy with the overall layout.

Trim each one to the correct height - in this case 15” (height + 1/2” seam allowance) then one by one sew the long seams together.

When all strips are sewn together press well with an iron, opening and ironing the seams flat as before.

Take a coordinating piece of fabric for the back and cut to the same dimensions as your patchwork piece.

Place the two rectangles right sides together and pin to hold in place. 

Stitch the two pieces together, hoping all the way round the rectangle, but leave a 6” gap for turning. Fix your stitches by going back and forwards over a few stitches at the beginning and the end.

Remove the pins and snip the bulk from the corners, being careful not to cut the stitching.    

Press, turn right sides out and then press again. Make sure you cannot see any of the backing from the front. Press the fabric across the gap neatly, tucking the seam allowance inside.

Topstitch 1/8" all the way around the edge of the cover, starting and ending at the same place, making sure that the stitching closes the gap neatly.

One more quick press and you are done. Place on your table and admire.

*Take the width you require and divide it by the number of strips you want (in this instance 36" divided by 6 = 6” - then add 1/2” for seam allowances. So I cut my strips 6 1/2” wide). Then when you reach Step 8 just cut them to the height you require plus 1/2”.