How to Cover & or Skirt a Table

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How to Cover & or Skirt a Table
Measure and cut a skirted cake table. (Buccina Studios/Photodisc/Getty Images)

There are several types of tablecloths and table skirts. The two most common are those used for small, round occasional tables and those used for banquet tables. The tablecloth or skirt used for a small, round table uses the same pattern for either. By adjusting the length of the fabric, you can create either a tablecloth or a skirt that reaches the floor. For a banquet table, the skirt is separate and the tablecloth covers the top edge of the skirt. In this case, the skirt is used to hide the table legs for a banquet or buffet function. Banquet skirts are often designed so they can skirt many table sizes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • String
  • Marker
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Cord
  • Table skirting clips
  • Duct tape

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Instructions

    How To Make A Round Tablecloth or Skirt

  1. 1

    Measure the width of your table and the drop of your table. The drop is the distance the fabric falls from the edge of the table toward the floor. A tablecloth will fall between the table and the floor. A skirt will fall to the floor. Add the width plus twice your drop plus 1-inch for your hem. This is the size of the length and width of your fabric.

  2. 2

    Pre-wash and iron your tablecloth fabric. Fold the fabric in half. Fold the folded fabric in half. Find the corner that has one fold on one side and two folds on the other. This corner is the centre of your fabric. Pin your fabric layers together to keep them from moving.

  3. 3

    Cut a string longer than your folded fabric. Tie a marker to one end of the string. Holding the open end of the string at your centre corner, pivot the marker with the cap on to locate the shortest section of fabric. Position your unopened marker at that spot and take up the slack in your string at the corner. Open the cap and draw the 1/4 arching curve from one side of the folded fabric to the other.

  4. 4

    Cut your fabric through all pieces on the line. Unpin the fabric and open it. You will have a perfect circle. Turn the hem under 1/2-inch and hem all around.

    Make A Banquet Tablecloth Skirt

  1. 1

    Measure the height of your table. Add three inches for the hem and overhang. Measure the perimeter of the table or tables you will be skirting. Often skirting is run in lengths that will surround a common table size. For this example, we will use 44 feet of skirting, which is enough to surround a 3-by 8-foot table with a little extra left over. This is 30 yards of fabric.

  2. 2

    Select a fabric that will hang and drape well, such as linen, cotton, poplin, poly silk, poly linen, and satin. Cut your fabric and sew a 1/2-inch hem on all sides. Turn your fabric face side down. Cut cording 30 yards long. Place the cording in your sewing machine so that your widest zig zag stitch will cross over the cording. Sew the cording zig zag stitch 2-inches from the top edge of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Secure the beginning edge of the cording with a safety pin. Pull your fabric on your cord to gather your fabric. Wrap the skirt around your table and secure your cord with a safety pin. Do not knot your cord. Do not cut your excess cord. Coil your excess into a loop and attach the cord to the back of the skirt. This allows you to adjust the length of your skirt based on the table or arrangement you are skirting.

  4. 4

    Attach your skirting to the table using table skirting clips. If you don't have clips, you can duct tape the top edge to the table keeping the hem even. The top edge will be covered by the tablecloth.

Tips and warnings

  • A banquet tablecloth is usually 52-inches by 120-inches with a hem on all sides. These tablecloths are artistically folded for shorter tables and the corners can be gathered into a rose shape that is tied with a rubber band or ribbons.

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