How to Box in a Buffet Table Cloth

Updated July 19, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

Embellish the table as you desire with extra fabric.


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Extra tablecloths and fabric (optional)
  • Stapler
  • Sewing machine (optional)
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Fabianna Dardati began writing in 1988 for local school and city publications. Her blogs Petit Poix and the Spanish version, Petit Poix al Latino, provide information, links and resources to budding independent fashion designers. She received a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1988 from Hollins University.