How to Make Your Own Fabric Cutting Table

Updated July 20, 2017

A large cutting table is an invaluable resource for anyone who likes to sew. It allows you to spread out your fabric and cut large areas at once which saves both time and energy. However, large cutting tables can be expensive, so learning to build your own can be a way to reap all the benefits of one without the hefty price tag.

Write down the desired length, width and height measurements of your new table top.

Purchase the wood, table legs, straight top plates and screws at your local hardware store.

Sand your table top to ensure a smooth surface. You do not want rough areas to snag your fabric.

Use your yardstick and black paint pen to trace a straight line along one entire length and width of your table. Then, use the yardstick as a guide to label your lines with distance measurements on the very edge of your table. Allow the paint to dry.

Cover your table surface with a layer of polyurethane paint. This will protect your yardstick paint measurements as well as make the surface very smooth. Allow the polyurethane paint to dry overnight.

Place your table top face down on the ground. Measure 3 inches in from each corner, and securely fasten the leg to the underside of your table top by using one straight top plate and four screws for each leg.

Turn your table right side up. If it is not steady, check that each straight top plate is firmly screwed to the table.


The table surface is the most important part. You want to maximise the total cutting area relative to the overall size of your craft area. Material selection for your table surface should be guided by expense as well as durability. Real wood is an excellent surface that will last a long time, but it can be costly. Be creative and utilise other resources. Old doors, bed headboards and cabinet backings are all wonderful sources of wood, particleboard or other synthetic materials that can be incorporated into your table. Measuring tape can also be used in place of the black paint pen if you so desire. Craft glue will secure it to your table top. Adding shelving underneath the table for fabric storage is also very helpful.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood for table surface
  • Sandpaper
  • Yardstick
  • Black paint pen
  • Polyurethane paint
  • 4 wood table legs
  • 4 straight top plates
  • 16 screws
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Katherine Ragland is a physician and writer who published her first article in the Athens, Ga., magazine "Flagpole" in 2004. She attended the University of Georgia on the Foundation Fellowship scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and psychology. Ragland is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.