How to Make Table Skirting

    by Susan Strayer

    About the Author

    Susan Strayer is a freelance writer and editor with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Fine Arts in children's literature, both from Hollins University in Virginia. She has been writing for more than 10 years and in addition to writing for Demand Studios, completes various other freelance assignments and works on original fiction stories for young adult and children readers.


    If you are looking for a way to dress up a table for a party or gathering, making a simple table skirt can give you the professional, neat or even fun appearance that you desire. Best of all, if you have an old beat-up table that needs a little help for your next meeting, a table skirt can make all the difference in hiding those cracks, stains and blemishes that detract from the beauty of your centerpiece. Use a heavyweight fabric to give your table skirt the desired shape.

    Things You'll Need

    • Measuring tape
    • Sewing machine
    • Hook-and-loop fasteners
    • Iron
    • Fabric (1 yard for every 2 feet of table circumference)

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    Measure the circumference of your table and the distance from the edge of the table to the floor. Measure the thickness of the table if it is more than 2 inches.

    Use the circumference measurement plus 1 1/2 inches. Cut a strip of fabric twice the thickness of your table plus 1-inch. Take the strips from one edge, avoiding the fold. If your bolt of fabric is not long enough to do this, cut several strips (adding 1/2-inch to each one for seam allowance) and sew them together. Double check to see if this strip fits around the edge of your table before continuing.

    Fold the strip in half and sew the raw edges together. On the remaining fabric left on the bolt, iron out the fold line completely.

    Lay the fabric left on the bolt over the surface of your table and cut a piece so that it hangs over the edges by a few inches. If your table is too long or round and the fabric does not cover the whole surface, splice pieces together, but keep everything more symmetrical. Hem the edge of this piece to get rid of any raw edges. Finish seams with a serger or pinking shears, if you had to splice.

    Measure the finished length of your table skirt on the remaining fabric. To remove the excess easily, make a small cut in the edge and rip off the extra fabric. (This will only work on certain fabrics that rip cleanly and straight, like cotton. Otherwise, you will have to cut off the excess or use it to make a hem.) Change your sewing machine settings to a basting stitch; sew two lines of baste along the raw edge of the fabric. Make sure the threads hanging off these stitches are long and easy to find.

    Tie together the strings from the basting stitches on one end of the fabric. On the other end, gently start pulling the ends of the stitching, gathering the top edge of the fabric. When the gathered edge measures about the same as the strip that is the same size as the circumference of the table, pin the strip to the gathered edge and sew them together. Make sure every fold of the gathered edge is caught and then remove the basting stitches. Hem the bottom and ends of the table skirt.

    Sew strips of hook and loop fasteners to the strip edge of the skirt and to the edge of the tablecloth you made earlier. Place all the hooks on the table skirt and all the loops on the tablecloth, matching them together as you go. Use another hook and loop fastener to close the ends of the skirt together. The tablecloth piece will hold the rest of the skirt in place without the need to attach fasteners to the table itself and also allows for easy cleaning if it is used for serving food.


    • Sew Fun & Easy Table Fashions; Julie Johnson, et al.