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Vintage Tablecloths

Updated on November 6, 2014

Collecting Vintage Tablecloths

The fabric in vintage tablecloths can be charming, beautiful, or downright funny. Collecting vintage tablecloths is a great hobby that many people enjoy. The hunt for that perfect collectible is often a great part of the fun.

Vintage enthusiasts buy tablecloths for a variety of reasons:

- to use as a tablecloth on their table (go figure!)

- to use the fabric in crafts--to make hair bows, book covers, to cover bulletin boards, etc.

- to use the fabric in sewing--making clothes, bags, headscarves, dolls, etc.

- to use the vintage fabric in home decor--pillows, curtains, table runners, to cover headboards

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Table Runners - Another Type of Tablecloth

Table runners are narrow tablecloths.
Table runners are narrow tablecloths.

This vintage table runner is another option to use on your table instead of a full tablecloth. Table runners are long and narrow and are place in the middle of the table.

This one features hand embroidery and lovely fringed edges.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Vintage Floral Tablecloth
Vintage Floral Tablecloth

Vintage Table Linens

A brief history

Vintage tablecloths are usually considered to be any tablecloth that is at least 25 years old, but that's not a hard and fast rule. Some say 20 years old is vintage. In any case, the real vintage tablecloths are generally made of sturdy cotton or cotton blend fabrics that are often printed with all sorts of designs.

Kitchen textiles (or kitchen textile art) are considered to be collectible and range from tablecloths, tea towels, potholders, and just about anything else made of fabric like curtains.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Vintage Tablecloths - Fun designs make these a pleasure to show in your home. Click a small photo below to enlarge it.

Dogwood flowers on a red background make this vintage tablecloth bright and beautiful. All photos shown here by Peggy Hazelwood.
Dogwood flowers on a red background make this vintage tablecloth bright and beautiful. All photos shown here by Peggy Hazelwood.
Card suits are embroidered on this vintage tablecloth.
Card suits are embroidered on this vintage tablecloth.
Wedding bells printed on this vintage tablecloth.
Wedding bells printed on this vintage tablecloth.
Vintage tablecloth with farm scene.
Vintage tablecloth with farm scene.
Red rose designs on vintage cotton tablecloth.
Red rose designs on vintage cotton tablecloth.

Vintage Tablecloths for Your Own

These beautiful vintage tablecloths can lend a vintage flair to your kitchen or dining room table. And these tablecloths are new so you know the fabric is sturdy and ready for years of use!

Vintage Tablecloth Books - Read up on vintage tablecloths and learn what they're worth

Do You Collect Vintage Tablecloths?

Vintage tablecloth with Indian motif.
Vintage tablecloth with Indian motif.

Do You Collect Vintage Tablecloths?

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Vintage Patterns to Make Tablecloths ~ Make Your Own Tablecloth

#0473 PINEAPPLE - ROUND TABLECLOTH VINTAGE CROCHET PATTERN
#0473 PINEAPPLE - ROUND TABLECLOTH VINTAGE CROCHET PATTERN

If you can crochet, you might want to make a beautiful tablecloth like this one in the iconic pineapple design.

 

Vintage Tablecloths

Vintage cotton tablecloth in Southwestern motif with cactus, mountains, man working, donkey, adobe house. Photos all taken by Peggy Hazelwood.
Vintage cotton tablecloth in Southwestern motif with cactus, mountains, man working, donkey, adobe house. Photos all taken by Peggy Hazelwood.
Vintage printed tablecloth.
Vintage printed tablecloth.
Vintage tablecloth with ribbon flowers and fringed edges.
Vintage tablecloth with ribbon flowers and fringed edges.
Vintage tablecloth for card table with card game rules embroidered on each corner.
Vintage tablecloth for card table with card game rules embroidered on each corner.
Decorative embroidery on card table tablecloth. Ties are provided to tie around the card table legs.
Decorative embroidery on card table tablecloth. Ties are provided to tie around the card table legs.

Sewing with Vintage Tablecloths - Make something new with an old tablecloth

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I used to have a beautiful collection of vintage tablecloths that I had picked up at garage sales and thrift stores. My last move I gave them to a friend but I sure miss them.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Some very familiar patterns here, like my mom and grandmother had. They were/are so pretty! I've seen people using some to make beautiful aprons too. Sweet lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      MaggiePowell 3 years ago

      I've been inheriting tablecloths from my grandmothers and great aunts.... but I also find them at flea markets or thrift stores. Maybe it's the German in me, but a bare table seems wrong, and I love the look of the old embroidered tablecloths. (I feel good knowing that their art is still useful)

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Very beautiful tablecloths!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I have a few of these stashed in my linen closet. Love the vintage look of the old fabrics. I've seen some made into cafe curtains for the kitchen.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember watching my grandmother doing Crochet work, she had quite a talent for that. Sadly I no longer have any of her creations.

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      TheArtLibrarian 5 years ago

      That red one is great.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Love these, and I think the red vintage tablecloth with dogwood flowers may be the most bright, cheery tablecloth I've ever seen. I have a wonderful old dining room table that has suffered through 3 generations of children now, leaving it sturdy as ever but scarred and battered, so I'm always on the lookout for worthy tablecloths, and this is quite a treasure trove of them! Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Loved this lens! I don't collect vintage tablecloths, but I might want to start now! I'm almost sure that my Grandma had one just like the "Field of Berries" reproduction.

      I loved the red tablecloth with the dogwood flowers, too! Beautiful lens!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I'm sure my mum has some vintage tablecloths. We always used to use them when I lived at home.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I have a bunch of vintage tablecloths that my aunt gertie made. They're very very special to me. Nice lens. My security word? Megagoop - I've definitely had mega goop spilled on these tablecloths...