How to Make a Box Pleated Table Skirt

Written by courtney clark
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A table skirt can add elegance to any table, making it perfect for weddings and parties. However, table skirts can be hard to find and, once you do find one, it can be expensive. Luckily, it's not too hard to make your own box pleated table skirt. With some basic sewing skills, a lot of fabric and a good amount of patience, you can create an elegant table skirt in colours that match your decor to use the next time you entertain.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Cut out a piece of fabric that is as wide and as long as the table for which you are making the skirt, plus two inches. For instance, if the table is 48 inches long and 30 inches wide, the piece of fabric will be 50 inches long and 32 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Cut out another piece of fabric that is three times wider than the circumference of the table and long enough to reach from the top of the table to the ground.

  3. 3

    Lay the piece from step 2 on the floor, right side up. Use a pencil to make a small mark every inch along one of the long edges.

  4. 4

    Starting at the left side, fold and iron the first three inches in the accordian style (one crease per inch) to the right. Fold the next three inches in the same style, but heading to the left this time so that the two accordian folds meet. Pin the folds into place.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process outlined in step 4 until you have pleated the entire length of fabric.

  6. 6

    Sew the pleats into place with a 1/4-inch seam at the top, taking the pins out as you go.

  7. 7

    Sew the shorter edges of the pleated piece of fabric together, right sides together.

  8. 8

    Pin the pleated edge of the fabric all the way around the fabric piece from step 1, right sides of the fabric together. Sew the two pieces of fabric together, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance and taking the pins out as you go.

  9. 9

    Fold the bottom edge of the table skirt under 1/2 inch and press the crease. Hem the edge of the table skirt and place the finished project on the table to be covered.

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