Mending a tablecloth, first stage

Choices, Choices
Choices, Choices!

Over the New Year, my cousin showed me a rather charming embroidered tablecloth she’d bought, only to discover, when she got it home, that it had been rather amateurishly adapted for a table with a parasol. She doesn’t have such a thing, and all the ironing in the world hasn’t flattened the buttonhole stitch, so she asked, could I think of something?

Yes, I could. I’ll re-do the buttonhole stitch, slightly larger, and infill the entire hole with a needlelace stitch of some sort. I’ve not decided which of these threads to use, but I’m prepared for when the decision is made!

Not at all central
Not at all central

When I got it home, and folded it carefully to check that the hole was central, I discovered that it really wasn’t.

It really isn’t at all, in fact. And this close up gives you a chance to see just how tatty the oversewing around the edge turned out to be.

Oversewing, not buttonhole stitch. I’ll have to do better than that, won’t I!

This will be a very large hole!
This will be a very large hole!

In fact, once I’d done a bit of playing around and found a suitable circle that both encompassed the existing hole and placed the hole centrally, it was HUGE – at least three inches across!

That seems too big – even for infill with needlelace, it seemed to me that this would unreasonably weaken the fabric, so I started to think of suitable backing materials, and then emailed my cousin to ask whether she had some thoughts. After all, it’s her tablecloth.

She rang, and we had a chat, and she says she would prefer a smaller, non-central hole, without too many baroque attempts at backing it. So simple it is, then…


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Good luck with the mending! 🙂

  2. Oopsy! How can people do this? Finding the middle of a tablecloth isn’t rocket science, me thinks! Good luck with the mending!

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Hope you can fix it for her.

  4. Lin Tarrant says:

    What a shame the tablecloth was spoiled in that way. I am sure you will make a lovely job of repairing it. xx

  5. Jen Mullen says:

    Good luck. It would be a shame to have the table cloth a waste of time and effort.

  6. How disappointing that it wasn’t even central.
    I’m sure you will do a wonderful job!
    Barbara x

  7. Sue Jones says:

    You do like a challenge, don’t you?!
    If the needlelace proves too much of a struggle, you could patch the hole neatly and make her a deep blue crochet table centre to hide patch.

  8. Carolyn Foley says:

    A Knotty problem. Have fun.

  9. deepa says:

    waiting to see how you solve this one.. 🙂

  10. Sheryl says:

    The perfect challenge for you.