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Yardage Estimator: Tablecloths

Yardage Estimator for Tablecloths


The following shows you how to estimate the amount of fabric needed to make a tablecloth, along with a formula to calculate any size round table.
All measurements are based on 54" wide fabrics (running yards).

Remember, these are only estimates!
Always pre-shrink fabric and trim separately before sewing.

Choosing the Length for a Tablecloth

The drop length is the measurement from the edge of the table to the desired finished length of the tablecloth. The most popular drop lengths are:

Floor Length - edge of the table to within 1/2" of the floor .

Dining Length - edge of the table to 1" off the chair seat .

Formal Length - edge of the table to a drop of 18" to 24".

Measuring a Tablecloth
To determine the measurement of a tablecloth, the dimensions of the tabletop are added to a drop length. Choose the drop length above.

Cut Length of the Tablecloth

Measure the length of the table (A), plus add twice the drop length (B), plus the hem equals the cut length of tablecloth.

A + B + B + 2X hem = cut length

Cut Width of the Tablecloth

Measure the width of the table (D), plus add twice the drop length (E), plus the hem, which equals cut width of tablecloth. Divide cut width by width of fabric.

D + E + E + 2X hem = cut width

Tip:
Divide the cut width by the fabric width to get the number of fabric widths you will need to purchase. If you get a fraction, you must round up to the next whole number.

Calculate Yardage

Multiply cut length of tablecloth by number of widths, which equals the total length.
Divide yardage required by the width of the fabric.

Round Tables

Finished Diameter of a Round Tablecloth

Measure diameter of table (A), then add twice the drop length (B), which equals finished diameter.

A + B + B + 2X hem = finished diameter

Calculate Yardage

Divide the finished diameter plus hems, by fabric width. Round up to the next whole number, which equals number of widths. Multiply number of widths by diameter and divide by the width of the fabric.

Popular Shapes & Sizes of Tablecloths

Rectangular Tables

1.5" hems included on a 54" roll - Remember, these are only estimates
 
 
table size
drop
yardage
 
34W x 34L
10
3.125
 
40W x 60L
10
4.75
 
40W x 60L
16
5.5
 
40W x 90L
10
6.5
 
.125=1/8 - .25= ¼ - .5=½ - .75=¾
Round Tables
1" hems included on a 54" roll - Remember, these are only estimates
             
 
table size
 
drop
 
yardage
 
30 diameter
 
10
 
1.5
 
30 diameter
 
29
 
5
 
42 diameter
 
10
 
3.75
 
42 diameter
 
29
 
5.75
 
.125=1/8 - .25= ¼ - .5=½ - .75=¾
Oval Tables
1" hems included on a 54" roll - Remember, these are only estimates
             
 
table size
 
drop
 
yardage
 
30W x 48L
 
10
 
2
 
40W x 60L
 
10
 
4.5
 
40W x 60L
 
16
 
5.25
 
48W x 72 L
 
10
 
5.25
 
.125=1/8 - .25= ¼ - .5=½ - .75=¾