Table skirts add a decorative accent to event decor. They also help hide things you want to store under tables, such as cooking tools or coolers. Commercial table skirts come in a variety of materials including satin, cotton and even poly plastic. You can purchase plastic table skirts from party supply stores, however, you're limited to the sizes and colours they carry. Another option is to make your own, so you can customise the size and colour to suit your needs perfectly.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Poly plastic (2 colours)
- Self-adhesive Velcro
Measure the edges of your table all the way around if you want to cover all four sides. If you want to leave the back uncovered, measure just the sides and the front. The total measurement of all the sides you want to cover gives you the length you will need for the table skirt. Measure from the top edge of the table down to the floor to determine the width you will need.
Cut your plastic to meet the length and width measurements. Use any type of poly plastic in any colour you want.
Fold your fabric into pleats, creating one pleat per inch. After completing each fold, staple the pleat into place. Place the staple within 1 inch of the top of the plastic. Pleat every inch until you have pleated and stapled the entire length of plastic. This creates your basic plastic table skirt.
Cut two strips of self-adhesive Velcro. The length you need is the measurement you determined for the length of your plastic in Step 1. Apply one side of the Velcro strip to the edge of your table. Apply the other side of the first strip to the back of your plastic pleated skirt. Use the strips to attach the skirt to the table.
Cut a strip of poly plastic equal in length to your Velcro strips and 4 inches wide. Use a poly plastic that complements your main colour to make this an accent piece; it can be a pattern or a solid colour.
Apply one side of the second Velcro strip from Step 4 to the back of this poly plastic strip. Apply the other side of the Velcro to the top edge of the table cloth, along the line of the staples, to complete the skirt.
Tips and warnings
- The Velcro makes the table skirt reusable and the accent piece changeable.
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