Instructions on Folding a Banquet Tablecloth to Fit Your Table

Updated February 21, 2017

Tables with two or more leaves are wonderful for seating varying numbers of guests, but such tables can require a whole wardrobe of tablecloths. If you like to use a white damask cloth for formal dinners and a casual print cloth for festive parties, having the perfect tablecloth in the correct size for all occasions requires a large investment of money and storage space. Enlist the help of a friend and fold your banquet tablecloth to fit any size table.

Center the cloth on the table. Stand at one end of the table and have a friend stand at the other end. Both of you should grasp a bit of the table cloth at each corner of the table.

Fold each end of the cloth toward the other person until both ends of the table cloth hang level with the sides of the table cloth. You will have formed two folds in the table cloth across the table.

Place a pin in the top layer of fabric at the folds to mark where the cloth is at each corner of the table. Unfold the table cloth. You and your friend should again grasp a bit of fabric at each corner of the table.

Fold the pieces of cloth in your hands under the top layer of the tablecloth until the pins you put in earlier reach the corners of the table. You will once again have two folds in the table cloth, but this time they are under the top layer so they do not show.

Pin the under layers of the fabric to hold the folds in place.


This works best for a cloth which will be under a smaller decorative cloth. You can do this by yourself but it requires lots of going back and forth around the table.

Things You'll Need

  • Pins
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Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.