How Do I Box a Tablecloth?

Written by l. scott pishko
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How Do I Box a Tablecloth?
A rectangular tablecloth. (isolated table image by goce risteski from

A tablecloth can mean many different things to different people. Some are for everyday use, some for holidays, and some are family heirlooms that are carefully taken care of to be passed down from generation to generation. Tablecloths come in a few different shapes, sizes and designs. Most tablecloths are rectangular or circular and need to be folded and stored properly to maximise the life of the fabric. Whether you have one that you use once a week or once a year, proper maintenance of your tablecloth will provide you with years of memories for your cherished fabric.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Plastic bag
  • Storage box
  • Permanent marker

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    Rectangle Tablecloth

  1. 1

    Spread the tablecloth out on a table or a floor. Make sure it is open fully and no corners are tucked under.

  2. 2

    Grab the shortest sides of the tablecloth and hold them up in front of you. The longest part of the tablecloth will run the length of your body. The top side of the tablecloth should be facing you.

  3. 3

    Fold the tablecloth in half lengthwise. Meet the corners so the top of the tablecloth is facing away from you.

  4. 4

    Fold the tablecloth loosely in half once more, and the loose fold will eliminate creases in the tablecloth when you store it. This will give you a long, narrow rectangle. The tablecloth should have four layers at this point.

  5. 5

    Meet the two ends of the tablecloth together once again. This will give you a smaller, narrower piece of fabric.

  6. 6

    Fold the tablecloth one more time meeting the two ends together. You should have a narrow rectanglur shape for the final product.

    Circular Tablecloth

  1. 1

    Lay the circular tablecloth on a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Fold the tablecloth in half, creating a half moon shape.

  3. 3

    Place the rounded edge close enough to the straight folded part of the tablecloth so they meet at the middle of the flat edge.

  4. 4

    Fold the tablecloth in half lengthwise.

  5. 5

    Complete the process by folding the tablecloth until you are satisfied with the size for storage.

    Boxing the Tablecloth

  1. 1

    Open the top of the storage box and set the lid aside.

  2. 2

    Place the folded tablecloth inside the storage box, being careful not to wrinkle the cloth.

  3. 3

    Examine the cloth one more time for wrinkles, and manipulate the tablecloth to your liking.

  4. 4

    Add the lid to the storage box, snap it shut and make sure it is properly sealed.

  5. 5

    Apply a label to the outside of the box and mark it to identify what the contents are. Store the tablecloth in a closet or attic until the next time it is needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Before placing the tablecloth in the storage container, you may place it inside a plastic bag for added protection.
  • Wrinkles can occur if you are not careful in how you place the tablecloth into the box. Use a gentle hand.

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