I left a fairly large overhang on the ends in case I lose my mind and buy an even longer table someday. I chose to go with white because it goes with everything and fits every holiday. To bring in color for some occasions, I'm making squares or runners to put on top--or not. I saw this colorful light-weight linen blend with poppies while shopping for the white fabric and decided to make a Springy looking square to center on the table for Easter.
This poppy fabric requires ironing, but it irons well, looks like pure linen, and is so freaking pretty. I used a wider hem on this piece. It is 1-1/2 inches folded twice instead of the half inch and one inch Martha suggests for the napkins.
Next on my agenda, is making some sets of these napkins to put aside for gifts. Joann's has the medium-weight linen blend in a number of colors. Quick, easy, beautiful, inexpensive, AND good for the environment. Happy Easter Y'all!