I got Oliver the LÄTT kids table and chairs set from IKEA for Easter. I wanted him to have a place to eat and color where he could get in an out of the chair by himself. It is working out great so far, but I have been hesitant to use the table for arts and crafts because, like typical 19 month old, he is a hot mess express. Marker usually gets everywhere except the paper and more paint will absolutely end up on his body than any craft surface. And thats fine. Because messes are half the fun of childhood right? But I don’t want to mess up his new table…especially the wood parts!
So I made a wipeable tablecloth and bonus splat guard for under the table!
Bonus: I got it done in under half an hour and it cost less than $5. Now that’s my kind of project!
If your kids have an IKEA LÄTT Kids Table, let me show you how to make your own tablecloth to make keeping it clean hassle free. Because less hassle is something we can all appreciate right?
How to DIY a wipeable tablecloth for the IKEA LÄTT Kids Table
What you need:
- Vinyl fabric – about 1 yard for the table cloth
- Thread – I used embroidery thread because it’s what I found first
What to do:
Step 1: lay out your vinyl material and put the table on it upside-down
Step 2: cut fabric in a rectangle about 3.5″ larger than the table on each side. Since my fabric was a gingham, I just followed the lines of the plaid
Step 3: Check to see if you have enough remnants to make a splat guard for under the table. My fabric was a remnant with some damage along one edge, so I got about a yard and a half for $5 which made a tablecloth and a good sized piece to put under the table as well. The vinyl won’t curl or Fram, so just cutting it out is sufficient and you do not have to put on any kind of hem or border.
Step 4: with your table centered on the fabric, mark the four corners, fold them, and stitch. Because I used this plaid fabric, I knew I just needed five stripes on each side folded over so I did not have to mark the fabric. I just folded and stitched. You could fold the material in and stitch and it would probably look nicer than mine. But I wanted this to be fast and easy so I folded it out so I could stitch along the plaid lines. #noshame
Step 5: repeat for the other three corners, slip on the table and you are done! Painless right? Now go do all the fun messy crafts with your kids you have been wanting to!
Hopefully this helps you keep your kids table looking nice! I am so excited to no longer have to worry about paint or markers staining the table. Plus I think it looks pretty cute!
If you use this tutorial I would love it if you shared with me! Tag me on Instagram (@ginghamandlattes) and use the hashtag #GALmakes so I can see what you come up with!
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