Today we are sharing a fun project that makes a fabulous keepsake to commemorate weddings, new homes, and more!
Inspired by one of our customers, who uses a linen tablecloth to remember all the visitors to her house, we decided this project would make a unique and fun guest book for a wedding reception! One of the best parts: this can be added to throughout the years!
Our guest book tablecloth is a very simple project; it just requires time and basic embroidery skills (though it can certainly be made more challenging if you prefer 😉 ).
We start by embroidering a pretty heart motif, along with the couple’s names and their wedding date to the center of a tablecloth.
At the reception, guests use a washable ink pen to sign their names and well wishes on the tablecloth.
We then make their signatures permanent by embroidering over them for posterity. The result is a lovely keepsake tablecloth!
Interested in making a guest book tablecloth? Follow our quick tutorial below!
Guest Book Tablecloth Tutorial
We love all the opportunity for customization this project provides! This would make a lovely housewarming gift for a first home, including the tools needed to make it an ongoing project! It would also be fabulous for a 50th anniversary party! Making one for newlyweds? Incorporate their wedding motif or monogram and colors into the cloth! If it’s for someone who loves color, do the signatures in different hues! Alternately, use embroidery floss in a shade similar to the color of the cloth for a sophisticated, textured monochrome palette.
- Tablecloth for ‘guest book’; can be store-bought or hand-made (we made ours from 60” wide Essex, a linen/cotton blend, in white)
- Embroidery pattern (commercial or your own motif)
- Embroidery floss (for our central motif we used four shades each of leaf greens and rosy pinks-to-reds, plus a variegated brown and for all lettering we used a dark grey)
- Washable ink pen for reception
- Embroidery hoop
NOTE: We used an iron-on commercial pattern transfer for the heart motif and created our wording on the computer. If you want to use your own motif (e.g. your wedding motif or couples’ monogram) and do an iron transfer, be certain to make a mirror image of your motif to ensure you transfer correctly. You can also print as normal and trace your motif by hand using a light-box.
1. After determining where you would like your motif placed on the tablecloth, transfer your embroidery pattern.
2. Embroider the motif.
A note: some commercial embroidery patterns include specific color guides, but ours did not. We found the perfect inspiration in a tea saucer!
We used satin stitch for our floral heart motif and the couple’s names and backstitched the date.
When embroidery is complete, iron tablecloth in preparation of the event.
3. At wedding, lay out tablecloth with pens available for signing. To ensure no guest’s signature would impose on our main embroidery, we made a dotted outline around it.
4. Using a simple stitch, embroider over guests signatures. We used a backstitch, which has a clean look and really allows the personality of each signature to shine.
Once your embroidery is complete, wash out the ink (according to the pen’s instructions when applicable), dry, iron. Your new tablecloth is ready for use!