How to Make Corner Protectors for Tables

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How to Make Corner Protectors for Tables
Inexpensive square washcloths make easy -- and washable -- corner protectors. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Corner protectors serve two purposes. They protect small children -- and perhaps some of us not-so-small clumsy adults -- from injury. They also protect the corners from damage done to them in an active household. According to Rebecca Wallgren, a professional seamstress in Rockford, Illinois, corner protectors can be sewn easily at home with very little skill using inexpensive terry washcloths.

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Things you need

  • 2 square washcloths per corner
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Double-sided tape

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  1. 1

    Fold a washcloth in half diagonally, forming a triangle. Repeat with a second washcloth. Stack the two diagonally-folded washcloths and pin them together.

  2. 2

    Sew together the four layers of terry on the two short sides of the triangle, forming two seams that meet at a right angle.

    How to Make Corner Protectors for Tables
    Do not sew the side of the triangle made up by the folded edges. (Sewing machine image by Kumar RR from
  3. 3

    Turn the resulting pocket inside out. Trim the seam if necessary, but consider that the seam itself provides additional cushioning, says Wallgren.

  4. 4

    Use double-faced tape to secure the terry protector on the table corner.

    How to Make Corner Protectors for Tables
    Fasten tape on the top and bottom of the table surface where the protector will be situated. (Sticky tape image by lefebvre_jonathan from

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to trim or tack down the seam corners, depending on the thickness of the terry.
  • Very thick table corners may require a larger square of terry than a washcloth provides.
  • It may be necessary to protect the table edges as well.

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