Over a year ago I used tablecloth to make a fitted tablecloth for our dining table.
It has been awesome to protect the wood and made clean up easy with the messy kids.
But it's life came to an end after 1.5 years of use, lots of messes, and I even melted a few holes by an edge of a hot dish that wasn't completely on a pot holder.
So the original black damask tablecloth went in the trash and I needed to make a new one.
But I couldn't find any tablecloth printed vinyl I liked. I even looked at laminated cotton, which was expensive but even then nothing stood out.
So I ended up paying $3.00 for just the clear, thinnest vinyl and made the same fitted tablecloth.
But I didn't finish the edge with bias tape or hemming or anything, just a straight cut.
Now I use linen tablecloths and this just protects them from having to wash them every day, which would be the case with kids. So it's a little tacky, like sitting on Grandma's vinyl encased couch, but if anyone ever does come over we'll pull off the plastic and eat on the real linen tablecloth. But no one ever really comes over, so for most of the time we'll have the plastic easy cleanup.
I actually like the idea of having the fitted clear topper tablecloth so I can change out the colors with the season/ event. I did kind of get sick of the black damask after a while, and this opens up a lot of fun opportunities to make printed cloth tablecloths that are fitted and can be exchanged.
I haven't tried it, but I thought if dry erase markers come off easily, it would be a fun drawing mat too. I'm thinking dry erase probably won't wipe off though.