Uses for Old Tablecloths

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  • round tablecloths
  • scissors
  • iron on bias tape


I imagine almost everyone has a couple of round tablecloths stashed in a drawer someplace. If you don't have any, they can be found at thrift stores in abundance, and sometimes after a holiday, they can be bought for very little money.

You can make 2 cute valences by cutting a round tablecloth in half, then leaving at least 2 inches for the rod pocket on the cut edge, then using iron on tape to finish your valence, or if you sew, sew a rod pocket.

It's easy to make your own Christmas tree skirt by using a tablecloth also. Fold and find the center, mark, then cut a straight line to your center mark, then iron on bias tape on the raw edges and you can add Velcro or ties to close the skirt in back of your tree.

You can also make a fireplace mantle treatment, by cutting your cloth in half, then finishing the cut edges with iron on bias tape.

If you sew, you can make a cute circle skirt by cutting out the center per your waist size, then cutting down from the small circle cut out at center, which would be about 6-8 inches, or enough to allow you to get the skirt over your head, then add 2 cute ribbon ties, Velcro, snaps, buttons, or sew in a zipper.


Have fun! Use your imagination for recycling those round tablecloths!

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December 10, 2010

I buy old linen tablecloths at thrift stores and garages sales. Even if they have stains in them, most of the cloths are in good shape. I use them to make dresser scarves and sometime crochet edging on them.

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August 23, 2004

Do you have a tablecloth that is either stained, has a worn spot or a torn spot on it? Well, make several napkins out of it.


Just stitch the 4 sides over. Or you could make a smaller tablecloth out of the larger one.

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February 7, 2005

Ideas for using old tablecloths that are stained or you no longer want to use on a table. Post your ideas.


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February 7, 20051 found this helpful

If you have an old tablecloth that you don't want to use anymore just cut it into place mats for use on your table.

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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

You can also use them as drop cloths for painting and crafts.

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By CrYsTaLe (Guest Post)
February 7, 20050 found this helpful

my mom and I put them in the trunk of our cars so when we get groceries if we buy chicken or when we have animals killed (from our farm) we keep from getting blood on the carpet.


we also save them and lay them in the floor when it comes time to paint a room.

Last winter we used some as a mat for our dogs to sleep on at night

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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

We have "leaf pick-up" by our city in the fall, so we use an old tablecloth to rake the leaves onto (shiny side down to make it slide easily across the ground), then pull it out to the curb for pick-up. We have also used it as a dropcloth.

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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

I use them to protect floors/tiles/etc. when I dye my hair. Unlike newspapers or towels, they have a alyer to kep the dye from bleeding through.

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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

Often in the spring we will experience a "late freeze or frost"......also in the fall we seem to have a few "early freeze" nights too. The beautiful early flowers in the spring.....and also those last brilliant mums in the fall can be protected by covering them in the evening with old tablecloths, sheets, and blankets.


Just remove them the next morning and you'll enjoy your flowers for many more days! Our TV weatherman always warns us when this may occur.

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By Tonya (Guest Post)
February 10, 20050 found this helpful

You know with bad weather it might pay to have these in the trunk of the car in case the car gets stuck or there is a wreck. Be sure they are clean and in plastic to stay clean and dry. Put under the tires if you get stuck in ice or snow. To keep you warmer if you get stuck but always put snacks and water in the car before going out in the bad weather. Keep blanket flares etc.. So many things to do with un-used items.

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By Terri (Guest Post)
September 24, 20081 found this helpful

I make tote bags to take to the grocery store, and laundry bags out of my old tablecloths. Cut the stained sections up for dust cloths.

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April 13, 2017

You can often get tablecloths at yard sales and thrift stores inexpensively. Even if they are worn or stained there is often some salvageable fabric to be gotten from them for other projects.


This is a page about using tablecloths for fabric.

Using a sewing machine to sew using a tablecloth as fabric.

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April 13, 2017

You may be able to save money on a large event or simply reduce your household expenses, by buying used linens such as tablecloths. This is a page about, "Where can I buy used tablecloths?".

red and white tablecloth

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