Tablecloths add a bit of decoration and cover up an ugly table for your backyard barbecue or other outdoor activity, but a strong wind can send the cloth and everything on the table flying. A little weight can keep the tablecloth from blowing away when the breeze picks up. Try one of these options.
A heavy centerpiece is one way to keep the tablecloth from blowing away completely. Use something that won’t fly away with the cloth, such as a heavy glass container filled with rocks. It would take a very strong wind to blow over something so heavy. For a long table, consider adding a smaller version of the centerpiece at both ends of the table. This keeps the ends from flying up.
The problem with a heavy centerpiece alone is the tendency for the corners to fly. You’ll still likely have some flapping in the breeze around the edges. To remedy the problem, pair the centerpiece with other weight options.
One solution for adding weight is to sew in hidden pockets on each corner. You’ll need a triangle of fabric that matches the size and shape of the tablecloth corner. Cut out one for each corner. Sew the fabric into the inside corner, following the existing seam with the same color of thread. Only sew along the two sides that go along the corner. Leave the side opposite the point open.
After you place the modified tablecloth on the table, slip some weight into the pockets. A few rocks should do the trick. The weight keeps the corners from flying.
If you don’t want to mess with sewing, make yourself some visible weights. You can buy weights that clip onto the corners, but you can also make your own. You’ll need a clip and a weight. Look for a clamp-style clip at a craft store. Attach a small bag of rocks or faux gemstones to the clips. An alternative is a small metal bucket with a few rocks in the bottom and fresh flowers inside to hide the rocks. Clip one to each corner.
If you don’t want to mess with clips, gather a small bit of each corner of the tablecloth and tie a piece of twine tightly around the bunched corner. Tie the weighted bags to the twine.