How to dress up open storage.
Convert functional storage into formal furniture with the tailored elegance of a floor-length table skirt. Draped over a console, it hides cluttered open shelving, and an experienced sewer can easily make one. To begin, bring measurements based on the directions below to a fabric store, where an associate will be able to assess the total yardage required.
Materials and Tools
- About 4 yards of fabric
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Ribbon for trim
Step 1: Measure and cut fabric
A) Measure width and depth of the top of the console, then cut fabric the same size, adding a 5⁄8" seam allowance on all sides.
B) For the back panel, cut fabric the height and width of the console, adding the following seam allowances: 5⁄8" on top, 1-1⁄2" on bottom and 1-1⁄4" on both sides.
C) For the front, cut two panels the height of the console and half the width, adding these seam allowances: 5⁄8" on top, 1-1⁄2" on bottom and 1-1⁄4" on both sides.
D) To cover the sides of the console, cut two panels (one for each side) the height and width of the table ends, adding these seam allowances: 5⁄8" on top, 1-1⁄2" on bottom and 1-1⁄4" on both sides.
E) Lastly, cut five panels that are each the height of the console and 7" wide, adding a 1-1⁄2" seam allowance to the bottom and 5⁄8" to the top and sides. These are interior panels that will go behind the front flaps and at the corners of the skirt for full coverage.
Step 2: Do some simple sewing
Stitch a 1-1⁄4" hem along the sides of every piece except the five interior panels; those should be given a 5⁄8" hem along the top and sides. To visualize how the table skirt will come together once sewn, arrange the panels on the floor. Attach the back, side and front panels to the top piece with pins and sew into place with a 5⁄8" hem. Next, make a vertical 1⁄4" cut at the top centre of the four interior panels. (This notch helps the fabric drape over the corners of the console without bunching.) With the notches centred in the corners, sew these four interior panels to the corners of the top panel using a 5⁄8" hem. Centre the remaining interior panel between the two front panels and stitch it to the top piece using a 5⁄8" hem.
Step 3: Trim with ribbon
Iron the table skirt and drape it over the console. Pin the bottom hem to the desired length and stitch. Measure the width of each panel to find the amount of ribbon you’ll require. You’ll need to add 1-1⁄2" to each length so the ribbon can wrap around the edges of the panels. Choose ribbon that’s 1⁄4" to 1⁄2" wider than the bottom hem to hide the seam. Attach the ribbon to table skirt with pins, then sew into place along the top and bottom of the ribbon. Wrap excess ribbon around the edges of the fabric and stitch in place by hand.