How to Tie Tablecloth Corners

Have you ever tried decorating a table for an event, only to find that the tricky corners of your tablecloth are just too much to manage? Even with all those pins or whatever tool is supposedly meant to hold them in place? Or perhaps you’ve looked at someone else’s nicely decorated tables and wondered how they managed to keep their tablecloth looking so neat and tidy. We know how frustrating it can be!

How to Tie Tablecloth Corners

But don’t worry – have faith, because we’re here today to help make your life a little bit easier. In this blog post on how to tie tablecloth corners, we’ll show you exactly how to tie those stubborn corner knots on your heirloom linens like a pro!

Why Do You Need to Tie Tablecloth Corners?

Tying tablecloth corners is an important part of setting up a neat and tidy table for any event. Not only does it look much more presentable, but it also ensures that the fabric doesn’t get bunched up or blow away in the wind – both of which could mean disaster for your carefully laid-out decorative plans!

By using the method to tie all of your tablecloth corners, you’ll that your tables look just as and professional at the end of the event as they did when you first set them up.

Necessary Materials

Given below are the necessary materials you will need to tie your tablecloth corners:

  • Tablecloth
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon, Twine, or String
  • Safety Pin
  • Tape Measure

11 Step-by-step Instructions on How to Tie Tablecloth Corners

Step 1: Measure the Length of the Tablecloth

Before you can tie the corners, you’ll need to measure your tablecloth. Measure from one corner diagonally to the opposite corner and then cut the excess fabric off. If your tablecloth doesn’t have a square or rectangular shape, measure the length in the longest direction and cut off the excess.

Measure Your Tablecloth

But, be careful not to cut off too much! This will ensure that the tablecloth fits snugly on the table. Remember to always leave a few inches of excess fabric on each side.

Step 2: Mark the Corners

Take your tablecloth and mark the four corners with a safety pin. This will help you easily identify them when it comes time to tie the knots. If your tablecloth is round or square, you’ll need to use a tape measure and mark out the same length in each corner. But, if your tablecloth is an irregular shape, you should measure each corner individually.

Step 3: Cut Your String or Ribbon

Once you have marked the corners, it’s time to cut your string or ribbon. Measure out a length of string that’s about 12-18 inches long and cut it off accordingly. You can use any kind of string or ribbon for this step, but thicker materials are more durable and easier to work with. If you’re using a thin ribbon, it’s a good idea to double it up for added strength.

Step 4: Tie One Corner Knot

On one corner at a time, start by laying the end of the string over itself and make a knot around twice as thick as usual. Doing this will make sure that your tablecloth stays in place and doesn’t come apart from the knot.

If you’re having trouble making the knot, try using a double knot instead. This will make it much easier and more secure. But, make sure that it’s not too tight or else it won’t be able to hold the weight of the tablecloth.

Step 5: Tie the Second Corner Knot

Take the string that is still attached to the first corner, and wrap it around the second corner. Make sure to keep tension on both sides of your knot as you pass it through each corner. You should end up with a double knot when you are done. It should look something like Figure 8. But, if it’s too loose, then you can tie an extra knot for extra security.

Step 6: Tie a Third Corner Knot

After tying off the second corner, continue your rope or ribbon around to the third corner and make another double knot in exactly the same way as before. After that, you should have 3 knots tied off in a row.

Tying Off the Second Corner

If your tablecloth is still too loose at this point, feel free to add an extra knot or two. It should look like Figure 8 when you’re finished.

Step 7: Tie a Fourth Corner Knot

Finally, tie off the fourth corner by going back around to the start point and making an overhand knot. Be sure to keep tension on the rope as you make it and tighten it so that all four corners are secure. Always double check your knots to make sure that they are secure. You should end up with a completely tied off square when you’re finished.

Step 8: Trim Off Excess Rope

Once all of your knots are secured, trim off any excess rope or ribbon so that there is no excess material left hanging down from the tabletop. Make sure not to cut too close to the knots, as this could cause them to come undone! This is especially important if you’re using thinner material, such as yarn or thin ribbon.

Step 9: Secure with Tape Measure

After trimming off the excess rope, wrap a tape measure around each corner of the tablecloth and fasten it securely. This will help keep the corners in place even if someone accidentally bumps into your table. But, make sure to leave a few inches of slack in the tape measure so that it is not too tight.

Step 10: Smooth Out the Tablecloth

Once you have secured all of your corners, it’s time to smooth out the tablecloth. Take a few minutes to make sure that there are no wrinkles or bunches in your fabric and that everything looks neat and tidy. If you notice any areas that need to be adjusted, simply pull on the string or ribbon until everything looks nice and even.

Step 11: Final Touches

The last step is to add any final touches to your table setting. Whether this be adding decorations, place settings, or centerpieces – now is the time! Once everything is set up, give yourself a pat on the back for completing such a great job of tying your tablecloth corners! If done correctly, your tablecloth should now look neat and secure.  Congratulations! You have successfully tied the corners of your tablecloth. 

You Have Successfully Tied the Corners

Good luck and enjoy your next event! With these simple steps, you now know how to tie tablecloth corners like a pro.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of tying the tablecloth corners varies based on the type of string or ribbon you use. Thinner strings and ribbons will be much cheaper than thicker materials, but they will also be less durable. You can find a variety of different types of string and ribbon at your local craft stores, so shop around for the best deal!

Overall, it shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars to tie the corners of your tablecloth – making it an affordable way to spruce up any event. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Type of String or Ribbon Should I Use? 

A: You can use any type of string or ribbon as long as it’s thick enough to hold the knots in place. Thicker materials are usually more durable and better for tying the corners of a tablecloth.

Q: How Long Should the String or Ribbon Be? 

A: A good rule of thumb is to measure out at least 12-18 inches of string or ribbon for each corner of your tablecloth. This should give you plenty of material to tie secure knots without having too much excess hanging down.

Q: Can I Reuse My Tablecloth Corners? 

A: Yes, absolutely! Once you have tied off all four corners with string or ribbon, they can be reused over and over again as long as the material remains intact. Just remember to check them regularly for wear and tear to make sure they stay secure.

Q: What If My Tablecloth Is Too Large? 

A: If your tablecloth is too large to fit on the edges of your table, you can tie off the corners using a longer piece of string or ribbon. This will allow you to tie off all four corners without leaving too much excess material hanging down. Be sure to secure it with a tape measure to keep the corners in place!

Using a Longer Piece of String or Ribbon


From learning the standard 9-inch square options of most pressed tablecloths to attractive ways to tie the corners for a unique, personalized look, we hope this article on how to tie tablecloth corners has been helpful to you in your quest for beautiful table presentations! Remember, the type and shape of the tablecloth you have will often dictate which corner-tying method will work best.

Experiment with different colours and textures to create interesting contrasts in your presentation. Finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match accessories such as placemats and napkin rings for an elegant look! Whatever style suits your function or event, tying those corners can add that special touch so your guests feel extra special. With these tips at hand, let’s go out and dress our dinner tables with pride!

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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