How to Make a Round Table Skirt

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A table skirt can provide a nice decorative touch.
A table skirt can provide a nice decorative touch. (Image: table image by thierry planche from Fotolia.com)

A table skirt typically fits under a smaller, decorative tablecloth or table topper, giving a layered look to the table setting. A decorative table skirt can hide an inexpensive cardboard side table because the fabric typically goes all the way to the floor, covering both the tabletop and the table legs. If you can’t find a pre-made table skirt that fits your needs, consider making one at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Thin cord
  • Pencil
  • Pushpin or tack
  • Helper
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Measure the diameter of the table. Divide that measurement in half.

Measure the distance from the floor to the edge of the tabletop.

Add the final measurement from step one to step two. Then add one more inch.

Select a square piece of fabric. Each side’s measurement should be double the length of the final measurement in step three. For example, if the final measurement in step three is 35 inches, you will need a 70-inch square piece of fabric. A large, flat bed sheet will typically work as a fabric choice.

Lay the fabric face down on the floor. Make sure it is smooth and free of wrinkles.

Tie a piece of cord onto a pencil, making the cord the same length as the final measurement calculated in step three.

Insert a pushpin into the end of the cord, opposite the pencil end.

Insert the pin, with the cord attached, into the center of the fabric.

Draw a circle on the fabric piece, using the pencil and string like a giant compass. Have a second person, your helper, hold the pin in place as you pull the cord taut and draw the circle with the pencil.

Cut out the circle from the fabric.

Lay the fabric circle on the table, centering it.

Measure the desired hem distance from the floor. Turn the edge of the fabric under to create the desired length. Pin it into place. Remove the fabric from the table and use a sewing machine to secure the hem.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pre-wash your fabric before beginning the project. That way, if the fabric shrinks a little, it won't throw off your measurements.
  • Be careful to avoid cutting the carpet when cutting fabric on a carpeted floor.

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