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Make Your Own Lenormand Grand Tableau Spread Cloth

Posted by Donnaleigh on December 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

In about an hour, you can make yourself a great Lenormand Grand Tableau spread cloth that is portable and custom fit to your favorite Lenoramand deck!

Here's how.

Project time: About an hour.


Use a piece of plain cloth that is free of images or patterns. Even an old sheet will work. I used unbleached muslin (available at any fabric store), very inexpensive. It is easier to write on fabrics that are non-stretchy.

Optional: For an antiqued look, soak fabric in a bowl of tea bags and hot water or a bowl of left-over coffee (instant works fine) for an hour, then hang to dry.


Lay the dry fabric onto your table, right side up, and place your favorite Lenormand deck out in the Grand Tableau (GT) spread arrangement that you prefer (9x4 or the 8x4 +4), leaving enough room at the top of each card to write in the House title.

Here I chose to use the 8 x 4 + 4 arrangement.

I laid the cards down in order to help me set up the Houses and write the proper name.

I used a Micron Pigma Pen with the nib size 01 to write the names and numbers of the Houses. These fine-pointed markers are permanent and your words won't vanish if you wash the cloth.

WIth a pencil, use something with a straight edge (ruler, box) to draw a line/border around the edges of the spread.

You will be sewing on this line, so make the edge margins as wide or narrow as you wish your actual finished spread cloth to be.

With a light pencil, I also drew to divide the inside of the spread into quadrants

(I will sew over these pencil-lines later).

I did not draw a line between every card, just the quadrants and then one horizontal line above the 4 "Fate Cards."

Remove the cards from the cloth and you will see your template to sew.

It will look like the image below.

Cut outside the pencil margin you drew.

I like to leave a 1/2 inch extra. You can trim more off later.

This spread cloth will be reversible with a contrasting cloth so you can use the back side of it for any other spreads you use that aren't GT. So pick a fabric color that you love.

SIDE BAR TIP: Maggie Grevenow came up with a clever idea....she suggested: "You could also do it with a 9X4 layout on the backside" instead of the colored cloth. That way both GT versions will be available on the same spread cloth. Just turn it over! CLEVER! Thank you, Maggie! Just be sure both sides match in size, it will take a little more planning.

Use your cut template (muslin cloth) to measure the colored fabric, and cut the colored fabric to match sizes.

Optional: I also cut fusible interfacing and ironed it onto the backside of the cloth. This thickens the spreadcloth a bit (you can choose whatever thickness of interfacing you like), and it helps prevent wrinkles. The interfacing is optional, but adds a nice touch.

Here are my 3 layers before I ironed the interfacing onto the backside of one of the cloths.

Keeping the right sides of the fabric together, sew all 4 edges together, leaving open a 4 or 5 inch gap at the bottom to turn the cloth right-side-out. Trim any excess fabric outside of your sewing line. I like to leave 1/4 inch extra. I trim close to the corners at an angle to keep the corners crisp.

Turn right-side-out and push the corners out with a pen or corner of a ruler for nice, crisp corners.

Then I tucked/folded in the extra fabric at the gap at the bottom to make it neat. You'll sew over this to close it. Pin it if you like; I just used  my fingers to hold the fold. Sew the gap closed 1/4 within the edge of the cloth AND keep going around the entire edge of the cloth to turn it into a trim.

I then also sewed over the quadrant pencil lines.

Tip: for a sewing machine, I sewed with a light beige thread on the top spool and used a light purple thread in the bottom bobbin to match the bottom cloth.

The backside of the spread cloth looks like this:

Below, I've demonstrated the quadrants by removing some of the cards.

This shows how it helps to visualize the quadrants for when you "mirror" cards in a GT spread.

And below is the spread cloth in action!

What's nice is that you will know what Houses your cards are on even if you do not lift the cards.

And that's it!

I acutally store my cards right in the cloth. I found a matching ribbon, and I simply put the pouch of cards in the center and fold the cloth into thirds each way. Then I tie it closed with the ribbon and carry it with me.

I'd love to see pictures of your Lenormand Spread Cloth!

To see my larger version of this same format spread cloth, CLICK HERE.

Another tip:

For extra pizazz, you can make a 10-20 minute tarot bag (Lenormand Pouch) in a cloth that matches the back of your spread cloth by using the same fabric!

How to make the tarot/Lenormand pouch:

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