Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

Very, very easy DIY center squares

You know how when you get something catered or use a venue they do standard square tablecloths on round tables and square contrast napkins in the center?  You choose the colors and even if you want round or long skinny tables, but that's all the decorating the venue does for you (which makes sense).

Which is fine for a corporate picnic or even high school reunion, but for our wedding I want to try a little harder.  People do all kinds of great center pieces (SO many ideas!), but we're doing white milk glass vases on the tables, two or three per, plus the table number, and I wanted something under them.  I didn't really want the polyester catering napkin to go with my simple additions.

But it is a pretty simple tablescape.  So I used some yellow seersucker and print that we had left over from other wedding projects, and made one purple one for our table.  I used the pinking blade for the rotary cutter and cut 20" squares.  No need to hem them since the edges are all pinked, and if I want to re-use the fabric in the future, I still have pretty big pieces to work with!

Here they are at the wedding!

(If you did any DIYs for your wedding or the wedding of a friend or loved one, I'd love for you to share them in the Adventures in Dressmaking DIY Weddings Flickr group!!)


  1. I cannot wait until you post pictures of your wedding!!

  2. Suzannah, I totally did this with our reception napkins - straight-up pinking shears rather than dealing with tiny hems to sew. I cut them from vintage sheets, and my mom's going to wash and starch them for me.
    I think I'm using kraft paper for our table squares to keep it easy!

  3. This is a fantastic idea. I've been thinking of doing something like this too, but haven't been able to find the right fabric. The pinking blade is a great addition so you don't have to worry about all the little hems.



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