my waffle: fabric for Tessa’s table skirt

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Okay, guys, I really had trouble writing the words ‘table skirt’ for today’s title. Doesn’t ‘table skirt’ just conjure up images of overly-floral bed-and-breakfast rooms, lace doilies and granny’s house? This is not what I’m after. Instead, my goal is to make a fun table skirt that brings in more pattern and texture to my four-year-old’s rather plain room.

Here’s the Ikea table I’d like to transform with fabric and ribbons:

And here’s my initial inspiration for the table skirt/ribbon idea:

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I started by checking out a local fabric store. I played around with ribbons on a bold pattern:

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and on a solid color:

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Now here’s the hard part: choosing the actual fabric. The room’s walls are light purple and Tessa’s duvet is white with green polka dots. I don’t want the fabric to be too matchy-matchy, but not too attention-getting either. Here are my current favorites:

Kamal in Moss

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Wildflowers in Multi

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Daisies in Spring

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Sweet Organic Stripe in Blue

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Wallflower Pink:

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Floral in Cool:

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Medallion in Orange:
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Damask in Yellow:

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Pink Jersey:

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White jersey:

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Basic solid in Sunshine:

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There’s a lot of choices, so for this poll you can vote for your top three. Once the list is narrowed down, I’ll let Tessa choose her favorite. Here’s her room again so you can use it for context.

What have you been waffling about these days? I’d love to hear about it!

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3 responses

  1. I’m gonna say the opposite of Jesse and say you need some color in there! Go bold! At the very least the stripy one pulls in some brights. Really, any of them are fine since the stuff you have in there now is very neutral!

  2. I love all those bold and colorful prints, but perhaps not with the addition of ribbons! But we are talking about TESSA here. I would suggest some pink silky fabric with an overlay of a filmy tulle or organza (also, of course, pink) and then a bunch of colorful ribbons, a la the example. The look would be reminiscent of a tutu. Seems like the point of this is that you can make changes as her tastes change, so in a few years she could presumably pick something more mature and less Angelina Ballerina!