As promised here is the second half of the table cloth post. Now I know a fair bit about table cloths - I made fifteen of them for my wedding after all. But this is the first time I've ever attempted a mitred corner. And I'm happy to report that it is easy and so neat. In the past I've just sewn straight down each edge piling my hems one on top of the other which makes for a pretty bulky corner and not so pretty underside. Aside from neatness a mitred corner forces you to double turn your hem which means you can wash your table cloth over and over without fear of it fraying and falling to bits.
So to finish your table cloth you will need.
Tape measure An iron Pins Thread that matches your cloth A sewing machine (or a whole lot of patience with hand sewing)
Quick note: Your iron really is vital for this, because crisp folds are really important. If you've stamped your table cloth, as I have, then it makes sense to iron it to set your fabric paint before you hem it - that way you won't end up with paint on your iron.
From the edge of your fabric measure the size of your hem. I always choose a one inch hem so that it's not too fiddly. Fold over one inch on fabric along all four sides, and iron the creases to leave a sharp fold.
At the corners layer one end on top of the other as shown - you could leave it at this and just stitch it down as I have done in the past.
To make your mitred corner unfold your hems at one corner. Fold up the corner of the fabric, lining up the creases on your corner with those on the main cloth. Press
Tuck the tip of the corner under and press again.
Fold up the hem to create a neat point. Press again.
Fold under the raw edge of your hem. I just tucked the raw edge under to my creased edge which created a final hem of about half an inch. Press again and pin the hem down to hold the mitred corner in place.
Continue with the other corners, pinning along the whole length of each hem to keep it in place. If you place your pins this way around you can keep on sewing right over the top of them (if you're careful), which means you don't have to keep stopping to take out your pins.
Sew the hem down with your machine. At the corners I slowed right down to make sure I finished the stitching in the small gap at the centre of the mitre. Then with the needle still in the fabric I lifted the foot and turned the cloth round and then popped the foot back down so that I could continue to sew the next side. It's important to make sure that the bobbin thread also matches your fabric because it's that thread that you'll see on the right side of your table cloth. You can use this technique on napkins, curtains, pocket handkerchiefs - anything that is flat and needs neat corners basically.