Vintage Tablecloth Curtain - The Christmas Version

by DeeDee
2 Materials
15 Minutes
Hi there! It's getting closer and closer to Christmas day and I'm still decorating here and there! LOL! Last year I wanted a vintage Christmas curtain for our kitchen window and I had the idea of using either a tablecloth or an apron.
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This 1950's tablecloth is right up my alley when it comes to vintage stuff. I love it! Even though I bought it last year I never made it into a curtain. Why you ask? Searching Pinterest for curtain ideas, I could never find just the right look I wanted. My main problem, I really didn't want to cut up this tablecloth! I found a better way, link on our blog to the person who saved me!
Now that I didn't have to cut up my lovely tablecloth I was on a mission to get it hung up and spreading the Christmas cheer in our kitchen! It was a bit stained as you can see above, but to me that means it was used lots and loved even more! BTW, do you have a remedy to remove really old stains from tablecloths? Let me know below if you do.
Luckily, most of the stains were to one side, so I lucked out there too! My tablecloth was not perfectly square either, so I had to strategically fold it to make it look good hanging up. The corners didn't quite match up, but I just offset it as you see above to make it work.
Now that I have it all pressed and pretty, I folded down just enough to achieve the length I needed, then I inserted a tension rod into the fold that I had already set to length for my window. I ended up folding it down a lot more than you see here. You can tell in the next picture.
And then I hung it up and adjusted until I had the look I wanted! If you look in the very upper right hand corner you can see the end of the tension rod sticking out. I used a tension rod because that's what I had on hand, but I'm sure you could use a regular curtain rod as well.
For the sides, I just kind of turned them into the center of the window and kept adjusting until I liked it. So pretty and festive!
I'm so glad I didn't have to cut my tablecloth up, this was a much better idea to me.

Do you love vintage goodies as much as I do? Please leave a comment if you've decorated for Christmas in a vintage way, I'd like to see your decor too!
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  • Susan Susan on May 26, 2017
    Can you please post step-by-step how you folded it? I can't seem to grasp how you did! Thanks.

  • Janmcbeads Janmcbeads on Mar 03, 2018

    I have huge box of old linens and crochet table clothes? I can’t possibly use them, but some do have stains. Do you have any instruction on the care of these linens ? If you do I would greatly appreciate it. My daughter also has antique christening gowns.

  • Christine Adams Christine Adams on Feb 10, 2019

    What size table cloth did you use? And what width is your window? I want to use your idea. It looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it.

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  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Nov 08, 2019

    Love the look!

  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on May 10, 2020

    I have this exact same patterned tablecloth (including stains) inherited from my grandmother. Now I have a use for it -- thanks!

    • DeeDee DeeDee on May 13, 2020

      Hi there! Oh awesome, I hope you enjoy displaying yours as much as I do mine! :)