DIY weddings: Rustic tablecloths

DIY weddings: Rustic tablecloths

Whether you’re having an outdoor countryside wedding or an indoor shabby chic affair, follow this easy guide to making your own tablecloths…

Rustic tablecloths

Difficulty: Medium / Time: 2 hours per item / Cost: £5 per item

These can transform a formal white table clothed wedding breakfast into a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Just pop your own handmade hessian tablecloths over the top of the white tablecloths and hey presto! These would also make great covers for hay bales for seating at a festival style celebration.

What you’ll need:

  • Hessian material
  • Long ruler (or tape measure)
  • Scissors
  • Coloured thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Twine
  • Sharpie pen
  • Pencil


First off, cut a 1 metre x 1 metre square out of the hessian material.

Next cut a length of 60cm twine. Tie a pencil on one end and a Sharpie pen on the other – making sure there is 50cm in between the two.

Once you’ve done that, measure 50cm into the middle of the square of hessian and place the pencil (tip down) in the middle of the square.

Carefully draw a circle using the taught twine and the Sharpie. Cut this circle out of the material.

Choose the coloured thread you’d like to use and thread into the sewing machine. Sew 1cm around the edge using the zigzag stitch to avoid any of the material fraying.


You can then add an extra personal touch by adding painted shapes, letters or numbers in the colours from your wedding. Simply mask off the area you’d like to paint with the masking tape. Using the paintbrush, dab the paint on and leave to dry before removing the tape.


Tip: If you want to paint a more complicated shape onto the tablecloth, you can print in black onto paper and cut out with scissors, secure with masking tape and sponge the paint on. Always test on paper first!

Wedding photos by Kerry Bartlett –


Ask Claire… Our DIY wedding articles are written by the lovely and very talented, Claire. Claire is a graphic designer who created an array of beautiful handmade wedding decorations and props for her own wedding at Sopley Mill near Christchurch in 2015. If you fancy any of the items on our DIY weddings page but haven’t got time to make them yourself,  you can contact Claire by emailing and she can make them for you!