DIY Tablecloth and Curtains From Thrift Store Remnants

Last winter I purchased a bag of unused remnants at a thrift store. Besides several small pieces of various patterns,there were two pieces of deep blue material with sunflowers in two coordinating designs. I loved them and thought one piece was large enough to make a summer tablecloth.

Bag of thrift store material used to make tablecloth and curtains


The largest piece of printed material is reminiscent of a quilt with lines, borders and sunflowers. When I got home, I put the material on my table. It needed a larger trim to make it long enough. I put the material away and began to look for trim. I had never made a tablecloth before, but it seemed simple enough. A rectangle sized for my table.


eyelet border

About a month ago, I was on Ebay looking at trims. One seller, who had bought a factory close-out of a deep eyelet trim, was selling 10 yards for $10.00.  I immediately bought it.

I trimmed the material with pinking shears and began to hem all four sides. Then I added the new trim. I am not really a sewer so I am proud that it looks like what I imagined.


New sunflower tablecloth from thrift store remnants


I added a small doily my sister-in-law crocheted for me years ago and topped it with a blue vase of sunflowers and lilies.


Sunflower Tablecloth with Eyelet Trim



Side view of flowers


Close-up of flowers


close-up of sunflower


The coordinating fabric was in several pieces. I considered what I could make from it and decided to make new kitchen curtains for the summer. The kitchen faces west and all afternoon into the evening the sun beats on the window.  I like a light color in the winter but a deep blue for summer was appealing. I pieced the material to make two panels. Again the object was two rectangles. Then I folded over the top and tacked it down to form a tube for a tension rod.


I considered adding trim to the curtains but had a different idea. I took some of the white eyelet trim and added a ribbon to the back to form a tube for a tension rod.




Eyelet Trim with ribbon added to back

When I put it on a tension rod, I placed that rod in front of the curtains at the top. This creates a white shirred valence effect which I can use with other curtains.


Kitchen curtains made from thrift store remnants

I am really happy with result and look forward to the next few months of sunflowers. For about $14, I have a new beautiful tablecloth and kitchen curtains.

God bless!




new kitchen curtains from thrift store material







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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

57 thoughts to “DIY Tablecloth and Curtains From Thrift Store Remnants”

  1. Hi Carol,
    Your sunflower curtains are so cute! And I LOVE, love eyelet trim! You did well with your purchases and thanks for sharing your creations with us. Have a beautiful day.


  2. How lovely. And thrifty. DIY’s are so good! Even if we’re experienced sometimes a new method is appreciated!
    Your table is now very summery. I am planning on starting on a table runner and napkins and tablecloth next week. I wrote about my plans a few weeks ago. I have vintage gingham with ‘chicken scratch’ (I think) embroidery on it. Thanks for sharing this! I enjoyed visiting from The Art Of Homemaking. Come over and see me I linked too!

  3. I always love to see DIY projects and I follow lot of such at my home.It is really interesting to make things on my own.This is a great idea to create beautiful curtains for such a good price.Curtains are really beautiful!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. Thought you said you couldn’t sew the Christmas bags. The beautiful table cloth and curtains say otherwise. You could make the bags as well.

    1. I don’t have a sewing machine. I just hemmed sides of the curtains. I think bags are much too complicated for me. Thanks for the visit.

  5. I love what you’ve done here! I’m all about re-purposing and finding great things to do with what we have on hand or what we find at garage sales. I found you from Tuesday with a Twist! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been up to.

    1. Cynthia my dear, I just visited your blog and signed up. We have a lot in common and I wish we could just hang out together. Thanks for visiting. Keep in touch. hugs, Carol

  6. Such a pretty pattern and color combination. Love your creativity. And frugal ideas! It turned out so cheerful and pretty. Wish I could sew!

    1. Oh I do understand. I am not really a sewer and I wouldn’t want real sewers looking at my stitches!

  7. Hi Carol, happy to meet you! I also love making things from thrift store finds and decorating my home with them. What I hate is cookie cutter, matchy, matchy, decors. Your curtains and table cloth are wonderful . . .
    I like the sunflower, too.
    Happy summer!
    Connie 🙂

    1. It totally agree..fads will make some decor pattern popular…blue ducks, palm trees, etc. and people then do everything in pattern. Don’t like too matchy but like it complementary. Nice to meet you!

  8. Hi Carol, the tablecloth and curtains are both so perfect for summer! Very cheery indeed! What a great bundle of fabric to find at the thrift shop. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Carol- it is so satisfying to create something beautiful with what we have on hand.
    Your projects are lovely.
    Happy Thoughts of Home!

  10. Carol, You had me a sunflowers. The table cloth is great and love the white trim, the vase of flowers is just right and the curtains top off the kitchen project. Very nice. Sylvia D.

  11. Carol,
    I l o v e Sunflowers, dear one. . .
    and I l o v e what you’ve done with them!
    The white shirred valence effect with the eyelet lace is very creative!
    Thank you, also, for your sweet visit and comment today!
    Your kindness made my day “extra” special!

    1. Pat,
      Thanks for your kind words and your visit today. I hope we keep visiting in the future, dear lady. God bless!

  12. Omg I love love your curtains and table cloth its just lovely very cheery.. I’m a new visitor. Have a great day. With love Janice

    1. Hi Janice,
      Thanks for the visit and compliments. Hope your holiday weekend is great and we talk again.

  13. Carol, the curtain is so cute and the tablecloth is too! I especially like the little white ruffle. Smart lady!

    Happy Thoughts of Home. 🙂

  14. Carol this is so pretty and perfect for a summer change. Bright and cheery. You are one talented lady. Happy Fourth of July. Can’t wait to see what you share next week with our Christmas theme.

  15. Carol, The tablecloth and curtain turned out beautifully! Great idea with the added lace. Pinning to share!
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us this week for Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope you have a wonderful 4th!

  16. Very Nice…I made a Great big Tablecloth for a Wagon for Family Reunions…this reminded me of it. One summer we must have had I think it was about 13 Tablecloths taped on the old Hay wagon. I had my cousin measure it and I put together a Beautiful Tablecloth for it. God Bless & Happy 4th…

  17. Loved your DIY project. Deep blue piece with sunflower prints is an amazing choice. It is looking fab on the table. These two fresh pieces are perfect for summers. Wish you a wonderful 4th!

  18. Carol, you know how I love to decorate with my thrift store finds and I just love your sweet curtains and tablecloth. The sunflower fabric is so bright and cheery! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm! Blessings, Cecilia

  19. Carol, your curtains and tablecloth are so pretty!! The white trim you added make them pop, love it!! It is great when you can make something beautiful out of a piece of scrap fabric, isn’t it?
    I chose it as this week’s feature at 2TU party, congratulations!!

  20. What an incredible buy! And the sewing was so minimal! Sometimes I see items, such as pillows, that I think I could make for far less. But when you consider the zipper, insert, and amount of work, it’s cheaper to just buy the darn thing. Not in your case, though! Beautiful!

  21. Carol,
    Thank you for your sweet comment and visit today!
    Autumn is my all~time favorite Season!
    I’ve begun early this year with my autumnal Decor
    as I’m starting a new adventure in my Church service
    and I want to be completed with decorating before I begin!
    Again, many thanks for your visit!
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

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