DIY Picnic Tablecloth

Looking for simple sewing projects? Try this do-it-yourself tablecloth made with bandanas. 

By Amanda Barnwell

finished tablecloth

This project, which is guaranteed to add a colorful touch to your summer gatherings, takes about an hour to complete. The finished tablecloth will cover a picnic table, or a large kitchen or dining room table, with plenty of overhang on all sides. Using a sewing machine makes things go quicker, but if you don’t have a sewing machine, or you simply prefer to sew by hand, that works too. You’ll want to allow a little more time if you’re sewing by hand, though.


• Iron
• 12 bandanas
• Stick pins
• Sewing machine or needle and thread


1. Iron all of your bandanas, and then lay them out on the floor. Arrange them in the pattern in which you want to sew them.