How to Make a Skirt With a Tablecloth


Recycle and repurpose linens into fashionable attire. Dig through your linen closet or shop at your local secondhand stores for vintage tablecloths with bold floral or striped borders. Make an elastic-waist skirt with a tablecloth and incorporate the decorative border into the hem of the skirt. This quick sewing project can be completed in less than an hour with enough of the tablecloth fabric left over to make a matching skirt for your daughter.

Things You'll Need

  • Square or rectangular tablecloth
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • 1-inch wide elastic
  • Large safety pin
  • Measure around your hips. Divide the measurement in half and add 1 inch. This is the width measurement of your elastic-waist skirt pattern. Measure from your waist to the desired length of your skirt and add 1 1/2 inches. This is the length of your skirt pattern.

  • Fold your square or rectangular tablecloth in half with the right sides facing and the edges aligned. You will be able to see the pattern on the fabric through the tablecloth.

  • Choose the area of the tablecloth with the desired fabric print for your skirt. The finished edges of the tablecloth will be the bottom edge of your skirt, so hemming is not required. Cutting through both layers, cut the width and length of your skirt pattern.

  • The right sides of your skirt should be facing each other. Pin the long side edges of the skirt pieces together. Sew the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew a zigzag stitch over the raw edges of the sewn seam to prevent fraying.

  • Turn the top raw edges of the skirt 1/4 inch to the wrong side and press. Turn the edge another 1 1/4 inches, press and pin. Sew the pinned edge to create a casing for the elastic. Leave a 2-inch opening. Sew around the top edge of the casing as close to the edge as possible.

  • Measure around your waist. Using this measurement, cut a length of 1-inch wide elastic. Attach a large safety pin to one end of the elastic. Insert the safety pin in the 2-inch opening of the casing. Guide the safety pin through the casing and out the same opening.

  • Remove the safety pin. Overlap the ends of the elastic 1/2 inch and pin. Sew across the pinned ends to secure. Push the elastic ends back into the casing. Sew the casing closed. Sew a vertical line across the elastic casing at each side seam. This will prevent the elastic from rolling.

  • Turn the skirt right side out. The decorative border on the tablecloth is now the bottom border of your skirt.

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