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DIY chalk cloth table topper

Well, this one has a long story behind it, but I’ll keep it short.

I had to try sewing with some chalk cloth a long time ago.  Perfect table topper for our play table.

 How to:
1.  Lay down chalk cloth right side up, lay table top down on top of it.
2.  Trace with chalk around your table.
3.  Cut out.
4.  Prime the chalk cloth by rubbing chalk all over it and wiping off.
5.  Sew 1/2″ double fold bias tape around edge using a denim needle (the chalk cloth is pretty thick).
6. Done!

It’s really been nice having it, the topper doubles as a table cloth and protects the table.  And what kid (or adult) doesn’t love chalk?  I do!

Sources for chalk cloth:
Joanns
Oil Cloth Addict on Etsy
Fabric.com

More info about chalk cloth from Oil Cloth Addict

28 thoughts on “DIY chalk cloth table topper

  1. Dahlia says:

    Can you throw this in the wash? I never knew there was such a cloth…how neat!!
    And Natalie writes her name very well 🙂

    …thinking of you tonight as I watched Paul Ryan’s speech…

    love you all!

  2. This is fantastic! I did not know there was such a thing as chalk cloth ooooh the possibilities!!

  3. Emily says:

    This is so cool!

  4. very clever anna! my kids would love this 🙂

  5. gail says:

    that’s such a great idea! i love the scrappy binding!

  6. marysza says:

    now this is a great idea!!!

  7. Kelly says:

    Having a 4 year old and a 1 year, I can almost guess the story that might be behind this!! Cute idea!

  8. erica says:

    What a great idea! Lucky girls 🙂

  9. Jeni says:

    That is just awesome! Such a great idea!!

  10. CBH says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Aug. 30, 2012. Thanks again.

  11. CBH says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Aug. 30, 2012. Thanks again.

  12. Corinne says:

    Forget the kids – I would probably play for hours with a table topper like this 😀
    Great project!

  13. Lilach Oren says:

    what a wonderful idea! I just love it

  14. aneela says:

    This is such a sweet idea Anna, looks like it is getting plenty of use too!!

  15. Chrissy says:

    Love this idea, and love how simple it is to put together!

  16. awesome! I have some, just haven’t made anything with it yet besides some labels for Charlotte’s party-I love the table topper idea!

  17. kristin says:

    Oh that’s a great idea! We have an ikea table that’s just always covered in crayon marks. Maybe we should get rid of the crayons and just go with chalk!

  18. dokumen says:

    thank you for sharing, I find this sooner. This point is very interesting: It’s really been nice having it, the topper doubles as a table cloth and protects the table. And what kid (or adult) doesn’t love chalk? I do!

  19. dottycookie says:

    That’s a brilliant idea. I have never heard of chalk cloth before!

  20. Cindy says:

    What a great idea- thanks for sharing!!:)

  21. Amy C says:

    an art table that never runs out of paper. perfect.

  22. Delia says:

    This is SO smart. Love it Anna. I had no idea Joann carried it.

  23. Franziska says:

    how cool is that! It would be something for my little one, too. Unfortunately I never heard of chalk cloth in Germany and don’t know where to buy it. But I will keep my eyes open.

  24. i love this idea! i have some of that fabric and i have failed at finding a good use for it so far. i don’t think i have enough yardage to cover the table, but a good placemat should do for one little guy 🙂

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