Even if you don't have a studio set-up, you can still produce a great looking tabletop shot. Here, a few basic tricks to get the job done, at home and cheap.
It was shot with an open aperture (small number F-stop) to let in more light, and to throw the fabric out of focus. It was placed near a window with natural light as the primary source of lighting. Also, a bounce flash was used (flash pointed up towards ceiling, thus being bounced back onto subject) to add a little extra light and eliminate any unwanted shadows.
1. Camera (w/manual, or AV settings)
2. External flash unit with bounce feature
3. Fabric or paper
4. Chair (or table and back prop)
5. Window with natural light