French Country Linen Tablecloth

French Country Linen Tablecloth

I have always wanted a pretty linen table cloth with pleats.  Well, last weekend I got a bee in my bonnet and decided I was just going to sew my own.  I had looked at different ones online but I knew I wanted one custom made for my space.  This was a really simple sewing project.

I knew I wanted it somewhat fitted and I wanted it to have a rustic quality.  I bought linen suiting instead of linen from the home decor fabric section because I knew it would have a lighter more sheer look to it.  I threw it in the washer and dryer to pre-shrink it before I started sewing.

I love how linen wrinkles.  I know some people iron their linen and starch it and try not to wrinkle it (which is so hard to do).  I embrace the wrinkles. I think it gives it a time-worn charm that makes it look more cozy.  I could just be crazy though.

On a side note…I iron all my t-shirts so my embracement of wrinkles appears to only apply to linen.

I can’t believe I haven’t shown you these napkins yet!  I bought them several months back because an embroidered crab and all that fringy goodness just had to come home with me.  I was going to use them for the 4th of July tablescape but then went a different direction.  Too too cute.

I fitted the edge like a slipcover would be fitted.  I loved the tailored aspect of it near the table top and then how it falls away into pleats.  I didn’t finish the bottom edge because I wanted to keep this French Country linen tablecloth sort of rustic.  I hope after several washings it will fray in the most lovely way.

I knew I wanted a French Country linen tablecloth before all the fall decor descends on this house.  I just think it looks so cozy for fall.  Can you imagine pumpkins on this tablecloth?  I can hardly wait!

I must admit it felt good to pull out the sewing machine and work on a sewing project rather than cutting wood and doing construction.  Don’t get me wrong…I still love my chop saw.  But, I’m going to be adding more quick sew projects into my life like this.

Are you ready for fall?   My pumpkins are calling to me!  They are going to be making a cameo appearance around here real soon.

P.S.  If you liked this sewing project…you might like my DIY Bean Bag Chair project too.  This might be on someone’s Christmas list.

DIY Slipcover Bean Bag Chairs

  1. Kathy

    August 29, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Great job. I love the rustic linen and the tailored edges. Where did you get your linen? I might have to copy this plan for my oval table that is non-standard size. Thanks!

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:50 am

      Thanks Kathy! I found my linen at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts in the linen suiting area. It’s not home decor fabric, but linen that you would use for sewing clothing. Hope that helps.


  2. Bonnie

    August 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I would like a runner, where can the linen material be purchased?

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:50 am

      A runner would be a great idea Bonnie! I found my linen at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts in the linen suiting area. It’s not home decor fabric, but linen that you would use for sewing clothing. Hope that helps.

  3. Pat

    August 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Oh so cute……you are a multi talented lady!!! Love the crabby napkins…..While I also live in Florida I tend to buy all things coastal. My style is more rustic country coastal,but I love your style of French Coastal!!!

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Thank you Pat! Another Floridian. Yay! I love rustic country coastal too! I bet it is gorgeous.


  4. Susie

    August 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Nice job, girlfriend. You are really getting your French country on! I can’t wait to check out this suiting linen…..and see your pumpkins appear! XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:52 am

      Thank you sweet Susie! Yes. I have really homed in on the French Country style for sure. Thanks so much!


  5. Jeanne

    August 29, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    A fitted tablecloth – I love it. Linen is my favorite too…I wear tons of linen but never thought to use it in home furnishings…very fun.

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:53 am

      I think linen is becoming one of my favorite fabrics. I too love wearing linen and now I’m looking for other ways to pull it in to home decor. Have a great day Jeanne!


  6. Debi

    August 29, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Very nice – I love that it is fitted! Did you find the linen here or did you have to go to Jax?

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:54 am

      I found my linen at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts in the linen suiting area. It’s not home decor fabric, but linen that you would use for sewing clothing. I love when I don’t have to run all the way to Jax.

      Hope that helps.

  7. Rebecca M

    August 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I love this! A fitted tablecloth! I like linen…………but, yes I need to iron it! Super great idea, I’ll just have to try it!

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:55 am

      When I use it in my fall tablescape I might iron it. We’ll see. Have an awesome day Rebecca!


  8. Shirley @Housepitality Designs

    August 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Love that tablecloth Nancy!!!….What a great idea to use dressmaker linen. Love the table from those amazing candlesticks to the cute crab fringed napkins. Yes, so looking forward to Fall!!! Hope your School Year is going well so far!

    1. Nancy

      August 30, 2017 at 1:56 am

      Thank you so much Shirley! Yes, the school year is off to a great start. Thanks for your sweet words about this little table I threw together. I can hardly wait for fall…and fall temps.


  9. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    August 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I love your tablecloth! I am building a new house and I bought a chandelier very similar to yours.


    September 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Nancy, I love your linen tablecloth that you made! Great job! Also love those embroidered napkins — so cute! Everything you take on always comes out looking so beautiful! Hope you have a great school year. I can’t believe how fast the time is going! I plan on doing some Autumn decorating tomorrow. Love to decorate for the seasons! Blessings!

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