Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tablecloth Tubes

Do you use tablecloths at your house? I use them occasionally, for holidays and when I bring out the good china. But I really dislike ironing them. Here is a little hint I picked up that solves that problem, from the editors of Yankee Magazine.

Use a cardboard mailing tube a bit longer than half the width of your tablecloth. Fold your tablecloth in half lengthwise, and then roll it carefully around the tube. Thread a long ribbon through the tube and tie it to secure the cloth to the tube. Use a shorter piece of ribbon to secure it in the opposite direction.

"Thus the cloth keeps its unmarred smoothness, yet is easy to handle, and easier to store in the closet." ~~ Emily Holt in The Complete Housekeeper (1912)

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