86 responses

  1. Tara
    November 15, 2011

    This is genius! I love it-although my handwriting is no where as nice as yours.

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      I wish you could see my real life “Chicken scratch!” It’s amazing what one can do when they really concentrate! Maybe that’s why it took me so long!

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    November 15, 2011


  3. Wag Doll
    November 15, 2011

    Aw what a lovely idea, and a great conversation maker!

  4. Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life
    November 15, 2011

    Oh I absolutely love it! It would be a great family activity to sit down and think of all the words. A great lesson on gratitude. Thanks for sharing! I shared this on my Facebook page. I hope you don’t mind. :)

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      Thanks so much for sharing on FB! I so appreciate it!

  5. Tracy
    November 15, 2011

    This is the best Thanksgiving idea I’ve seen! I Pinned this…so meaningful, yet easy peasy! Also love using the quatrefoil mirror as part of the centerpiece. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Jenny
    November 15, 2011

    What a cute idea! This would such a great family activity too. Everyone can brainstorm the words together!

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      Some of my favorite suggestions came from the kids! Get ready to laugh!

  7. Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple
    November 15, 2011

    I love this!!! What a great idea!

  8. Camille
    November 15, 2011

    Two years ago we bought a 54″ square dining room table and I loved it… until I tried to find a tablecloth! Ugh. But this is perfect! I’m going to go get a ton of drop cloths and start making tablecloths!!

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      You know what else also works!!! Shower curtains! I have picked up a few clearance shower curtains and they work great too! But honestly…why on earth do they not sell square tablecloths!?! So frustrating!

  9. Lisa
    November 15, 2011

    I LOVE THIS! Very cool. :)

  10. Steph
    November 15, 2011

    OMG! I love it. Such a fun idea. Now… I will hire you to make me one. Do you work for hugs and dinner?

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      I’ll work for Thursketti!

  11. mandi @ Vintage Revivals
    November 15, 2011

    I love this Becca! And I love that you misspelled some words! Ha ha ha, I totally would have done that.

    Love your guts

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      And yes I know how to spell Grandparents and Football! I’m a dork!

  12. millie
    November 15, 2011

    Very cute becca!

  13. Jennifer T.
    November 15, 2011

    Love this! Can you wash this in the washer? I was thinking this would be a great family activity, but maybe have us each do our own placemat instead of a table cloth. My 5 year old will LOVE doing this! Thank you for sharing!

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      I have not washed it yet! Good question. I wish I knew!

  14. Vero
    November 15, 2011

    What a fabulous idea! I see (another) trip to Lowe’s in my adventures today!

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  16. Jennie Larsen
    November 15, 2011

    That is so darling, I give you mad props for this- your hand writing and different fonts look like iron on prints they are so perfect. I could never make mine look that good. WELL DONE. LOVE IT! winks, jen

  17. Liz @ Naptime Decorator
    November 15, 2011

    OMG OMG OMG I LOOOOOVE this so much!!!! Definitely going to make one for our table!!! thank you!

  18. Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers
    November 15, 2011

    Such a wonderful idea! And it turned out beautifully. I’m already working on a Thanksgiving tablecloth but I might have to borrow this idea for another time.

  19. Tami
    November 15, 2011

    Beckie, this is beautiful. I love it so much that I featured it today over at Scribbles and Swirls. Please take a look – http://tamiscribblesandswirls.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful-tablecloth.html#more. I hope you like it and follow me as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~ Tami

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      Thanks for the feature!

  20. Jaime
    November 15, 2011

    Oh my gosh how crazy cute is that?!? I would never that thought of it, so thanks for sharing!!

  21. Marla
    November 15, 2011

    LOVE it!

  22. Michell @ Girl In Air
    November 15, 2011

    Holy Crap! It’s fabulous!! My handwriting sucks! To bad I can’t run that whole thing thru my printer:-)

  23. Laura Reese
    November 15, 2011

    This is so cute! I pinned it for next year! Great thing to do with my kids.

  24. Cindy Hopper
    November 15, 2011

    You always have such fun ideas. Very cute!

  25. Kate
    November 15, 2011

    I love it! So cute! Although I do NOT have that nice of handwriting. I also love the fun little “Del Taco”s and “Subway”s in there!


    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      Umm yeah, when you go to Subway and Del Taco as much as I do they deserve a place at the table!

  26. Lindsay
    November 15, 2011

    What a great idea! I have definitely used drop cloths before – I LOVE it – for the same reasons you mentioned. I have pinned this idea – I think it would be very fun to make!
    Does the sharpie smell bother you? Has it faded yet?

    • Becca
      November 15, 2011

      I didn’t even notice a smell with the marker and no it hasn’t faded at all.

  27. Kirsten
    November 15, 2011

    Wow..That’s so cool!!!

  28. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com
    November 15, 2011

    Becka this is genius!!! LOVE the idea – it looks fabulous and I love that it’s so personal!!
    This would be really fun to do next week – Thanks!!

  29. Mindy
    November 15, 2011

    Lately, I have been looking for either a tablecloth or placemats for Thanksgiving and I coudln’t find neither. This would be an easy and inexpensive way to solve that problem ! I love it:)

  30. Vanessa
    November 16, 2011

    Hi, Becca

    What a great idea and it was so easy to do. Its a lovely piece.


  31. Kathryn
    November 16, 2011

    So lovely! Your dining room is beautiful.

  32. Tonia
    November 16, 2011

    I am so in love with this idea! My table is very big so I don’t think I have the patience to do a table cloth BUT I do believe I will be doing a table runner and maybe some place mats….. LOVE IT!!

    • Michelle
      November 18, 2011

      Love the table runner idea! And place mats. I’m also thinking the kids would like to do their own. Oooh, the ideas I’m getting.

  33. November 16, 2011

    I adore this idea! I want to have each family member make their own napkins & write what they are thankful for. I featured you today on my blog: http://puertabella.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful-tablecloth.html

    • Becca
      November 16, 2011

      Thanks, Susan for the great feature! Your site is adorable!

  34. lesley
    November 16, 2011

    but seriously, this is a genius idea…
    i’m heading to lowes now…

    • Becca
      November 16, 2011

      Lowe’s has a few different sizes so it’s perfect for finding the one that will fit your table. I still had to trim one but now I have left over drop cloth I’ll be using to make a fun throw pillow!

  35. Sarah D
    November 16, 2011

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing the idea. Also, where did you get your table and chairs – I’m looking for a two-tone set and really like yours. :-)

    • Becca
      November 16, 2011

      My Chairs were ordered off of JCPenny.com and the table I have seen at RC Willy. I bought my table off of Craigslist.

  36. the cape on the corner
    November 16, 2011

    that is such a great idea, and it really does look like the word art, with all those different styles of writing. i’d be worried i don’t know enough to make it! besides cursive, and regular, i fear i’d have nothing else.

  37. Mimi
    November 16, 2011

    I love, love, love this idea!! It is perfect and I am seriously thinking of copying this idea!!!

  38. Katie from Sew Woodsy
    November 17, 2011

    I’m in love with this table cloth!!!! Great job!

  39. Donna Watson
    November 17, 2011

    This is beautiful! I have done a neat twist with it. For the past 10 years, I have used a tablecloth (the drop cloth would be perfect) and put fall colored sharpies out on the table. Everyone who comes to our family Thanksgiving writes a sentence of something special they are thankful for from that year. (my nieces and nephews got licenses, college scholarships, new marriages/babies, etc) and everyone signs and dates it. It is now a treasured family heirloom with our family history!

    • Becca
      November 18, 2011

      That is beautiful! A family treasure for sure!

  40. November 18, 2011

    I found this post by way of the blog Gordon Gossip…and I love it! This is incredible! I just LOVE the overall look! I am bookmarking this idea and can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  41. Auntie Ruth
    November 19, 2011

    I just made mine and it turned out wonderful! I’m surprising my family with it on Thursday.

    • Becca
      November 19, 2011

      Ooooh!!! I would love to see it! Take a picture and email it to me PLEEEEEEASE!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  42. krystle
    November 20, 2011

    I was wondering if you remember the brand of drop cloth you bought? I have bought 2 from lowes and both have had a thick middle seam running through them. Both the 9×12 and 9×6 sizes. Maybe i bought the wrong brand?

  43. Reena
    November 21, 2011

    You never cease to amaze me Becca! I love your idea and wish I had a table to make one! You could even take it further, and make one for ever holiday in the year! You could even use the colored sharpies! I’m thankful for you sharing your ideas with all of us!! Thanks, and have a great Thanksgiving with your wonderful family!

  44. Kathy
    December 2, 2011

    WOW! I absolutely LOVE this!

  45. erma
    January 17, 2012

    love this idea, have been waiting for the right time to use it, so i think i found it, im hosting a bridal shower, when the rsvp”s start coming in, im gonna ask for a few words that they think of when they think of the bride, inside jokes, her personality traits, places and dates that mean something…and im gonna do a table runner…wish me luck…

  46. frenchy
    July 12, 2012

    so pretty! and i love your room palette. can you let me know what color you’ve got on your walls?

  47. Lin
    September 3, 2012

    I love this idea, it fits my style so perfectly. Anxious to get started on this project.

  48. Ronda
    September 14, 2012

    Just an FYI – I made a similar project as a curtain for party pics using a drop cloth and black permanent marker. It turned out great. After using it , I folded it and stored it in a closet. When I needed to use it again, I was sick to find that the black marker had “leached” on to other parts of the drop cloth. All my work was ruined. I’m not sure what the solution would be – maybe ironing over the permanent marker to seal it.

  49. Ashley Sparks
    November 12, 2012

    I love this idea! And I love the mirror on the table for the centerpiece. SO cute!

  50. Kimberly Elliott
    November 21, 2012

    I just LOVE this idea and wanted to incorporate it into my Thanksgiving decorations this year. Since I’m too lazy to do it with a tablecloth, I made Thanksgiving plates in the same style. I LOVE how they turned out. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

    I shared my Thanksgiving plates and a link or two to your post and blog on my site here: http://kimskandykreations.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-plate-decoration.html

    Thanks again!

  51. Christy
    December 18, 2012

    Love this idea! On another note…I love the wall color! Could you please tell me what it is? Thanks so much :-)

    • Becca
      December 18, 2012

      It’s called Copen Blue and is an HGTV color at Sherwin WIlliams

      • Christy
        December 19, 2012

        Thank you!!

  52. lil
    February 25, 2013

    Just recently found your blog and loved this idea…..was thinking it would make a great wall hanging too….maybe with shellac to seal it with.

  53. Lauren
    March 26, 2013

    Hiya it’s a wonderful idea but I wondered if you had washed it yet? Has the ink faded with washing or come out? I want to decorate some fabric but its expensive to buy fabric pens!

  54. Marsha
    August 28, 2013

    Love it! But I would reccomend washing first. I made an ottoman slipcover out of this material without washing it first and it shrunk….shrank….shrinked? Anyway, also hoping the marker doesn’t fade. Since it’s been a while can you give an update on what happened when you washed yours?

  55. Jill Kennison
    June 27, 2014

    Thanks so much for the great idea! I used a drop cloth and sharpies to make the tablecloth and added black lace all around it. I used all of our family names and dates and traditions etc to make a memory tablecloth for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. Check it out on my My Crafts board on Pinterest. (Jkpooh1013)

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    November 6, 2014

    Has anyone tried washing this? I want to make sure you he markers really stays permanently and food spills come out. Thanks!

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