Hi all - can I pick your brains?
I’ve got one of those white plastic tables in my garden - a big oval one that seats 6 and is nice and sturdy… but ugly! It’s ancient and the tabletop has got really discoloured. Scrubbing it with bleach etc has no effect, so at the weekend we bought some white spray paint to go over the top with. But, even once we’ve painted it back to bright white again the problem is I still won’t like it! I don’t want to just get rid of it because it’s a really good table, I just don’t really like it and I find the bright white glares so much on a sunny day its blinding.
So… I had an ‘aha’ moment: what about making a tablecloth that can basically live on it all over the summer: something made from PVC oilcloth type stuff, but something that’s fitted (elasticated probably) so that it stays put and just moulds itself to the tabletop. But I’ve never sewn with this stuff before and I’m not sure if my ancient sewing machine would be up to the job. Have you ever worked with it? Would I need to buy some sort of heavy duty needle to go through it?
What I have in my head is basically: buy fabric, lay table upside down on top of it, cut around fabric following shape of table and leaving enough allowance to wrap around the edge of the table and make a turn up, sew a turn up/channel and thread elastic through the channel, and finally sew the ends of the elastic together and finish off the channel by handsewing. Would that work? Would the fabric gather OK given that it’s PVC stuff do you think? Is there a better way of doing it?!
This is the kind of thing I wanted to achieve (but with an oval shaped table): https://www.amazon.com/TopTableCloth-Patterned-Elastic-Waterproof-Christmas/dp/B074TKW8LD/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1563262749&refinements=p_n_material_browse%3A316684011&s=lawn-garden&sr=1-2&th=1
Or this, which makes it sound very easy!: http://troystweets.blogspot.com/2012/05/somethin-little-crafty.html?m=1
Any advice gratefully received!