Dine in style

A prac­ti­cal and pretty table­cloth and a va­ri­ety of comfy cush­ions set the scene for lovely long lunches and so­cia­ble din­ners.

Sew Ideas - - Contents - projects by KEVIN SWARTS

Ruf­fle table­cloth

Make a fit­ted table­cloth that won’t end up un­der the legs of some­one’s chair.

NOTE All seam al­lowances are 1,5cm. The table­cloth has a 20cm over­hang, in­clud­ing the ruf­fle.

To make

1 Cut the table­cloth 29cm longer and wider than the ta­ble mea­sure­ments. At each cor­ner, cut out a 13cm square. Sew a boxed cor­ner at three of the table­cloth’s corners by fold­ing each one in half and sewing the two 13cm seams, right sides to­gether. Do not sew the fourth cor­ner for the time be­ing.

2 For the ruf­fle, cut 10cm-wide strips. The to­tal length of all the strips should be twice the ta­ble’s cir­cum­fer­ence. Join the strips into one con­tin­u­ous band and over­lock one edge. Hem the over­locked edge with a 1,5cm-wide hem.

3 Place a ruf­fler at­tach­ment on the sewing ma­chine and set it to sew shal­low gath­ers. Start­ing at the un­sewn cor­ner of the table­cloth, sew the ruf­fle to the lower edge. If you do not have a ruf­fler at­tach­ment, the strip can be gath­ered as fol­lows: sew a nar­row zigzig stitch over a strand of cro­chet cot­ton, just in­side the seam al­lowance. Take care not to sew through the cro­chet cot­ton. Gather the ruf­fle by draw­ing in the cro­chet cot­ton to fit the edge of the table­cloth. Pin and sew the ruf­fle to the table­cloth. Press the seam al­lowance to­wards the table­cloth and sew it in po­si­tion with top stitch­ing, 1cm from the seam line.

4 Once the ruf­fle has been at­tached, fin­ish the last cor­ner by sewing the table­cloth and ruf­fle seam as one.

Bench cush­ion

Make a com­fort­able cush­ion that will have your guests lin­ger­ing at the din­ner ta­ble.

To make

1 Mea­sure the bench and have the foam cut 1cm wider and longer than the mea­sure­ments to en­sure a snug fit. Cut the fab­ric into front, back and side pan­els fol­low­ing the mea­sure­ments of the bench plus 1,5cm seam al­lowances, for a to­tal of 3cm ex­tra to the length and width mea­sure­ments. 2 Over­lock all the short edges of the four side pan­els. Sew these seams to join the side pan­els to­gether, start­ing and stop­ping 1,5cm in from the edge. Press the seams open. 3 Pin and sew the side pan­els to the bot­tom panel, leav­ing a 120cm-long open­ing for the zips in the cen­tre of one of the long edges. Over­lock these two seam al­lowances in­di­vid­u­ally and in­sert the two zips into the open­ing, with the two open ends meet­ing in the mid­dle. Over­lock the re­main­ing three seams. 4 Pin, sew and over­lock the top panel to the side pan­els. 5 Turn the cush­ion cover through to the right side and in­sert the foam.

Peek­a­boo cush­ions

With plain linen, a bit of rib­bon and a pat­tern peep­ing out here and there, you can pick up all the el­e­ments in the room and make your own French­style cush­ions.

To make

1 Mea­sure the cover and cut a length of rib­bon tape dou­ble the mea­sure­ment, plus 2cm. 2 Sew the two ends of the rib­bon tape to­gether with a 1cm seam. Press the seam open. 3 Pin the rib­bon-tape band onto the cush­ion cover in the po­si­tion de­sired, plac­ing the seam in the rib­bon tape to align with a seam on the cover. Sew the rib­bon tape in po­si­tion with top stitch­ing 1mm in from each side of the rib­bon.

Cush­ion with ties

Dif­fi­culty: easy Time: one hour

To make

1 Cut two linen rec­tan­gles that are 4,5cm wider (1,5cm seam al­lowance and 3cm hem al­lowance) than the scat­ter cush­ion, and 3cm taller than the height mea­sure­ment. 2 Pin the two pieces, right sides to­gether, and sew the top, one side and bot­tom seams. 3 Press a 1,5cm-wide dou­ble-fold hem along the open side seam. Di­vide each side of the open­ing into thirds and pin one end of the tape un­der­neath the hem at these points. Sew the hem. Fold the tape over to lie across the hem and sew each one in po­si­tion 2mm in from the outer fold of the hem. 4 Place the scat­ter cush­ion in­side the linen cover and tie the tapes into bows.

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