This year I decided to display my past Thanksgiving photos on a tablecloth for the dessert table. Every year I take tons of photos of everyone enjoying our family get-together. It's amazing to me how much the grandchildren grow from year to year.
Although I actually bought this round tablecloth, I could have cut up and used any of the stained tablecloths I currently have in my linen closet. (I must clean out that closet.) To transfer the photos from digital to cloth, I use the June Tailor Sew-In Fabric Sheets I buy at Joann's. With just a few clicks on my computer, I had several photos printed out that I could then use in quilts or sewing projects. In this case, embellishing a tablecloth.
I chose to print my photos in black and white. The tablecloth was such a dull color, I sewed the photos to a nice harvest gold fabric scrap I had to showcase the pictures.
I then ironed the fabric scrap to some fusible web and cut the photos out, giving them a generous 1/2" border. I arranged the photos on the tablecloth and pinned them when I was satisfied with the design. I adhered the photos to the tablecloth by ironing them and then did a quick stitch around the border using matching thread.
Of course you don't have to sew down your photos to showcase your memories. You could just scatter them around the table. If you're worried they might become stained, clear vinyl will protect them.
I'm really pleased with the result. It's sure to be a conversation starter as we help ourselves to a piece or two of pie.