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Episode 419 - Sew What?
Table Cover Options
Versatile and very beautiful...
Some of you may know that I'm not so handy with a sewing machine. When I have an entertaining project, I turn to an expert: Brian Addis. Brian has some ideas on how to create great table covers, whether it is to alternate a pre-existing one or to custom-make another.

Have you decided that the table cover you use for your occasional table needs a new look? In order to transform a plain-coloured table cover into one that is romantic and lush, Brian suggests beginning by adding some frogs (available in many colours at any fabric or button store). Tack them down, spacing them evenly around the edge of the table just beyond the lip. Then, attach the other parts of the frogs to a piece of organza. Join the frogs together, thereby attaching the organza to the table cover. The new look: dramatic, and plush!

A more understated look can be achieved with Brian's suggestion of a custom-made table cover. Taking a coloured linen, such as beige, create a template of the top of the table. Next, attach more of the fabric to it so that it falls down over the legs of the table. Sew buttons onto the bottom half of the fabric (about 4 or 5 inches further down along the edge). Then create buttonholes in another piece of contrasting or complimentary fabric so that it will fit onto the first piece. Tailored to the table itself!

Whether it's a small occasional table or a big dining table, both looks are fantastic. Table covers are great anytime you want to change the look of your home. Sew what? Sew whatever you want!

Special Thanks: Brian Addis, Brian Addis Studio, 1479 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON; Telephone (416) 538-9530