it can be tied in the front, or the back. and the best part... it's reversible! it was a pain to make, took me 3 days. i kept having to walk away and gather my thoughts, i was getting so frustrated, lol. it has darts, gathering, and making your own bias strips. not my favorite type of pattern! but now that i've made 1, any others should be a piece of cake! and i totally want one with thanksgiving on one side and christmas on the other. to match my thanksgiving/christmas tablecloths. lol.