Skirted Table Project

Covering a plywood decorator table with layered skirts is an inexpensive way to add color and pattern to a room. And the long skirt provides a undercover spot for books or storage boxes.


What You Need:
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  • Fabrics for underskirt and overskirt (see Step 1 to determine yardage)
  • Thread to match fabrics
  • Purchased or self-made piping or tassels
  • Push pins and string
  • Fabric marker
  • Optional: Charms or costume jewelry and fabric glue
Enlarge Image Sewing tools needed to make bias cording.

1. Determine underskirt diameter and cut fabric. Measure from floor to table top, across the center of the table, and down to floor on opposite side. Add at least 2 inches for hem. You will need two widths of fabric this length.

Cut one width in half lengthwise and stitch a piece to each selvage edge of the remaining width.

2. Form circle of fabric. Fold fabric in quarters. Place pushpin in folded corner (this is skirt's top center). Tie 1 end of string to fabric marker; tie opposite end to push pin so string equals half of skirt diameter plus any hem amount.

Holding string taut, swing marker from one folded edge to opposite folded edges, drawing an arc. Cut along line, trimming away raw edges. (Be sure to cut off the marked line if ink might run when the cloth is cleaned.)

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  • 3. Finish edge. For a regular hem, fold raw edge under 1/4 inch. Iron flat and fold again 3/4 inch. Iron then topstitch hem in place.
  • For piped edge (see Photo 2): Fold hem over cording and stitch close to cording.
  • For double piped edge (see Photo 3): Sew 1 or 2 rows of piping to right side of skirt with raw edges aligned. Turn under hem and topstitch along piping line.
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  • 4. Make overskirt. Cut contrasting fabric to a square of desired size.
  • Pipe edge, using narrower piping than at hem; add a second lacy topper and protect surface with 1-1/4-inch-thick glass.
  • Or turn under a deep hem and topstitch in place (see Photo 3).
  • If desired, embellish the hem with purchased charms or costume jewelry, attaching them with thread or fabric glue. Stitch a tassel to each corner.

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