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Measure for elastic...

02-18-2016, 05:38 AM
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Measure for elastic...

Need help. How would I determine how much elastic to cut for making a round, fitted tablecloth fit?
Thanks.
02-18-2016, 06:48 AM
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I used to do that for our round patio table...I'd buy, cut into larger circle, sew channel, then measure circumference of table and cut elastic a bit longer than half.....worked fine....then got rid of table/chairs..no one wanted to eat outside...bugs...heat...bought couch and cushion chairs...one everyone lives the new outside living room.
02-18-2016, 07:55 AM
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It depends on how tight you want it and much you are putting it under the table. If just a couple of inches under the lip, I would measure the circumference and reduce it by about a foot. If the fabric is going way under, make it much shorter length of elastic.
If you are making a gusset for the elastic, you could also do a drawstring instead of elastic and it would be adjustable, just a thought.
02-19-2016, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by ljptexas
Need help. How would I determine how much elastic to cut for making a round, fitted tablecloth fit?
Thanks.
I use the 2/3 method. measure the length of the item then cut your elastic 2/3 of that amount.
02-19-2016, 08:16 AM
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If you are putting elastic in clothing, you use have the measurement plus 2 inches for joining.
02-20-2016, 09:28 AM
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when I do clothing I measure say the wrist 7" and use that. the take up say 1/2" is enough to gather.
for my table, I measured the circumference and took about 4" off that kept it tight.
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