How to Box in a Buffet Table Cloth

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How to Box in a Buffet Table Cloth
Boxing a tablecloth adds to the decor of your buffet table. (buffet aristocratique image by rachid amrous-spleen from

Boxing a tablecloth is almost as if you are wrapping a table like a present. The wrapping can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like it to be. It entails sewing, stapling, clamping or knotting the tablecloth so that it adheres to the table rather than just covers it. While table boxing can be two-dimensional, it also allows for manipulation in to more elaborate three-dimensional shapes.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Extra tablecloths and fabric (optional)
  • Stapler
  • Sewing machine (optional)

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    Center the tablecloth over the table, wrong side out. Place something heavy on top so it will not move from the centre while you are working.

    How to Box in a Buffet Table Cloth
    One idea is to hang a pleated fabric around the edges of the table. (table of dessert pie on white table image by Paul Retherford from
  2. 2

    Pinch the tablecloth between your thumb and forefinger starting at one corner of the table. Slide your fingers straight down towards the floor. Staple every few inches along this line. Repeat this process on the other three corners of the table.

    How to Box in a Buffet Table Cloth
    Chairs can also be "boxed." (Tables decorated at a wedding reception. image by Gina Smith from
  3. 3

    Remove the tablecloth from the table. If you would prefer to sew it, use the staple lines as a guide. Otherwise, you may simply turn the tablecloth right side out and place it over the table.

  4. 4

    Embellish the table as you desire with extra fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • You may decide to make a shorter box tablecloth in another colour to place on top of the first one so that two colours are viewed. Another idea is to knot the corners of the tablecloth and place it on top for a three-dimensional effect. Think of your fabric as your sculpting material and experiment for varying effects.
  • If sewing on a machine, remove the staples as you work. The needle of the sewing machine may break if it hits a staple.

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