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  • What do you cover your table with at craft fairs?

    I did my first craft fair earlier this month and saw quite a few different table coverings ranging from tablecloths to curtains

    I still need to pick out my own table covering, so.... What's best (fabric-wise) for not getting crushed in transit? Any other creative ideas for table coverings??
    Last edited by cbld; 21-11-2008, 03:28 PM. Reason: typo
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    I use blue crushed velvet on the regular market stall but but they were made to fit around a very odd shaped table layout and were quite expensive. If I have a table at an event I have some deep red jaquard curtains that I use. Just have to make sure that the heading tape is at the back of the table. They travel quite well and I only ever iron them when they get washed.
    Last edited by auntynet; 21-11-2008, 03:42 PM.
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    • #3
      I use a big wine-red crushed-velvet cloth, with "Scorch's Pyrography" deep green hangings on it, supplemented by dark blue curtains or chunks of lining fabric as necessary

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      • #4
        I have what was once a white double flat sheet, but somehow it managed to get dyed a lovely lilac colour, and so have always used that, I also have a plae blue table colth that I use on the raised section of my stall (just a small shelf on two plastic boxes)

        I tend to only iron them when they have been washed, as they seem not to crease too bad, and if they do, well I just smooth them out over the table.

        they are actually waiting to be ironed at the moment as I managed to spill coffee on them both last weekend!
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        • #5
          I've got 2 dark coloured cotton-mix tablecloths that tend not to get too creased if I fold them before and after. I always take 2 in case the table is longer or wider than expected.
          I think crushed velvet or velour looks nice for jewellery though.
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          • #6
            I use black crushed velvet that I bought quite cheaply online. It's great - never creases and I haven't had to wash it yet!
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            • #7
              I use hessian.
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              • #8
                I tend to use crushed velvet which was about £2.75 per meter and washes easily, dries easily and never ever needs ironing. I vary the colours depending on the do. my options are here
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                • #9
                  I use a huge piece of dark chocolate brown velvet - it was given to me years ago to make blackout curtains for my darkroom, but I never got round to using it for that! I use a fuchsia pink linen tablecloth to cover a box to make a raised plinth and have added some fuchsia tinsel for christmas!
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                  • #10
                    Wow - thanks everyone! Crushed velvet seems to be a popular choice!!
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                    • #11
                      Ooh - another question - what's a good width/length for an 'average' craft fair table??!
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                      • #12
                        Tables are usually about 3 ft high and 3ft deep, so that is 9ft, and then a 6 foot table + the sides is 12ft. So 9ft x 12ft or 3yds x 4 yds or 3 x 4 metres. You will probably have to join 2 pieces together.
                        I use a large black bed sheet with a faux suede piece on top that just fits the table top. I have a cream one that's 4ft by 3ft and a pale blue one 6ft by 3ft for the 6 ft tables.

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                        • #13
                          I use a cream curtain with my wedding dress train over the top.It doesn't get creased as it is made from tulle so can be abit scrunched up andstill be ok!

                          Letus know what you decide to do with your table.

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                          • #14
                            We have a fair coming up this Sunday and we have an orange bed cover and a grey one. We are trying to keep the same colours as per our website to be consistent. Only thing is... I have to iron them! Damn.
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                            • #15
                              I use crushed velvet too! I bought 5 m. The width is perfect to fit from the back of the table to the floor at the front and 5m covers two trestle tables that I sometimes have but if I only have one table I just tuck the ends in. It never needs ironing and dries in a flash! I bundle it in one of my boxes and wrap my lights up in it to protect them.

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