Judith Mackin

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Judith Mackin

Judith Mackin is founder and creative director of Punch Inside, an interior design firm in Saint John, New Brunswick. She also owns TUCK STUDIO, a design and decor studio which opened last fall. Follow Judith @judithmackin@tuckstudio


DIY Textiles and Table Settings

Posted by Judith Mackin Tuesday, February 19, 2013 1:23 PM EST


Choose your colour palate and select fabrics from your local fabric retailer. (You’ll note I brought silver and a bit of glitter into the mix as well)


The selection of materials above was sourced from Fabricville, for what would ultimately serve as double-layered table runners.




Pick your tablecloths: I wanted a mix of the silver and the gold as base tablecloths.


I then placed various runners over them so that each table would be entirely unique.



Determine Quantity

Once you’ve chosen your materials, determine the number and sizes of the tables needed. How many guests will be at your event? How many will sit at each table?


This will help you decide the width and lengths of each or your runners and how much fabric you will need.



Photo: JK Murphy Photography – here you can see how we placed a large navy runner as a base, with a silver sparkly grey runner on top and a silver tablecloth underneath.


Create a Layout

Mix and match your fabrics. Decide which combinations will go on what tablecloth; i.e., which fabrics will be the wide and which the narrow runners.


With reference to your table and room layout, determine what combinations go where. Note: they do not need to be placed in any particular order or pattern (the textiles and colours will make it all look uniform).




Photos: JK Murphy Photography. The lace material only requires cutting, not hemming. Cake by: Danielle’s Desserts


Sewing Tablecloths and Runners

Start this step as soon as possible -- it takes a lot of time. (Holly had a great team help her: her mom spent many hours sewing the majority of runners and tablecloths that needed edges sewn.  Her sister-in-law took on all the French provincial runners. And friend of Holly’s mother helped make the round table cloth for the cake.)


Cut your various runners to size.


Hem each of the runners along the sides and the ends.


*A helpful time-saving tip: Choose fabrics that don’t need to be hemmed (fabrics that won’t fray). Fabrics like lace and damask can be left with a cut edge.


You don’t have to use your fabric as a conventional runner on every table. As mentioned above, the lace does not fray and can be left with a raw edge. For the cake table, the lace was cut into a circle and used on a round table.


Once Holly approved the materials, we used these as the 'next step' in terms of creating matching wedding invitations.


Click to see all of Judith’s inspiring event decor ideas.

Topics: DIY Decor, DIY, Entertaining


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