Skirted Table Tutorial

This tutorial for an attractive and adaptable skirted table comes from Cary Yerves of Wine Country Minis. Click on the photos for larger views.

"This was one of the earliest projects I made in miniatures. It is a simple beginner project and can be used in a variety of settings. Depending on the fabric you choose for the table, it can be used for any holiday, a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or just a simple table setting. You can make two different sizes of table. The small table requires a frozen concentrated juice carton and the large uses a round salt box. The one shown here is the larger. Have fun!"

Skirted Table Project

Supplies Needed:

Round Concentrated Juice Carton (for small table) – or – Round Salt Box (for large table)
1/3 yd. dark color fabric or table drape
¼ yd. lighter, contrasting fabric for table cloth
10” Square of Fusible (Iron On) Interfacing
1 yd. narrow white lace
1 yd. narrow ribbon or trim for light fabric
Steam A Seam fusible fabric bond
Fabric or Tacky Glue


1. Select two contrasting fabrics for your table. Use a darker fabric for the drape and a lighter for the over-cloth. I buy a quarter-yard of each fabric, although you will need a lot less, so I have leftovers for future projects.



2. Using a razor saw or Craft knife, cut the saltbox down to 2 ¼" in height. (Note: If you are making a small table and using a juice carton, you will need to cut off the metal bottom and replace with a cardboard circle cut to fit. Then cut carton to the 2 ¼" height.)




3. Cut a square (about 10”) from the darker fabric. Iron on the piece of interfacing to it as a stiffener. Cut out a 7 ¼" circle from it. Using fabric (or Tacky) glue, attach the lace trim all around the edge of the fabric circle.








4. Cut a 1" strip of the dark fabric and glue all around the base of the table.







5. Cut a 4 ¼" x 4 ¼" square from the contrasting fabric. Fold over ¼" of the edge and finger press to make a neat seam; glue down.

6. Cut a square of Steam A Seal slightly smaller than the square of fabric. Attach to fabric backside according to package instructions.



7. Fold the circle into a quarter with the backside of the fabric showing. Mark the center point with a small pencil mark. Do the same with the square fabric. Insert a pin at the center point of the circle through the backside of the fabric.

8. Lay the square over the pin, lining up the center marks. Make sure both fabrics are now face up with the Steam A Seal between them. Press to attach.

9. Glue the narrow ribbon ¼" from the edge of the square to make an inner square pattern – or – glue a trim piece all along edge of square tablecloth.

10. You are now going to work with the table upside down; that is the top of the table sitting flat and the base (open end) up.

11. Spread glue on the top of the table. Center top of table on the circle of fabric. Adjust to center by bringing the sides up to the base edge at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock points, making sure the drape comes just up to base edge.

12. Glue the drape at these four points; hold with hair clips. Let dry.



13. When dry, glue at four more points centered between the previously glued points. Allow to dry, then repeat at eight more points, between all the previously glued points. (You are creating pleats in the drape around the table base).

14. Note: Turn table upright and adjust pleats during the gluing process to make sure you are pleased with the look of the pleats.


15. When fully dry, remove clips and turn upright. Decorate tabletop as desired and for appropriate theme.

Optional: Make 4 bows from narrow ribbon and glue above the four corners of the tablecloth. Glue tails of bows in place.

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