For my birthday in May a good friend gave me a great book. Home-Made Vintage by Christina Strutt is an easy to follow guide with over 40 sewing projects, ranging from cushion covers and simple curtains, to dolls, bags and skirts. As it is a Cabbages&Roses book, it is filled with beautiful photos of vintage style fabrics and has some great ideas for personalised gifts. Projects range from simple to time consuming, but every one is "do-able", with a little patience, even if you've never used a sewing machine before.
As my friends birthday is a few months after mine I had enough time to try out one of the projects as a present. She had already pointed out the tied tablecloth and as she is a fantastic cook and hostess, something for her kitchen table was most appropriate.
As the book has such good instructions I won't explain how to make the tablecloth, but here are some photos of what you can do with just a couple of metres of your favourite fabric and 3 metres of ribbon.