I made this tablecloth for Marisa's celestial-themed baby shower, using simple french knots to stud blue fabric with a universe of white stars. I'd love to try to use this as the face of a baby quilt, too.
What you'll need:
- blue fabric (this size fit my coffee table perfectly, but you could trim it to any size you like)
- white yarn
- a large-eyed needle
- fabric tape for finishing the edges, if you'd like
To make a french knot: thread a length of yarn, and bring the needle from the back to the front of the fabric anywhere on the fabric. Pull the yarn through until there's about an inch and a half left at the back. Hold the needle parallel to the fabric, close to where the yarn is coming through. Wrap the yarn twice around the needle, then, keeping the loops of yarn around the needle, insert the needle back into the fabric right next to where it came out (but not into the exact same hole). Pull the yarn through until the knot is taught. Cut the end with about an inch and a half left, then knot the two ends at the back of the fabric together with your hands.
For the celestial tablecloth:
- Make french knots randomly all over the fabric. Put some closer together, clusterin two or three close together, and some farther apart.
- Make most of the french knots using two loops around the needle (as described above), but make some with just one loop and some with three loops, so that the sizes of your knots varies.
- To make constellations, use a simple running stitch to connect stars into the pattern you choose. In this case, one is the Little Dipper, and one Cassiopeia. Add extra french knots where you need them to make your constellations.
- Finish your table cloth by pressing fabric tape along the edges and folding the edge over for a hem (or, of course, you could do it the real way and sew a hem).
(all photos, jamie grill photography)