Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DIY Skirted Entry Table

I spotted this console on the side of the road and picked it up because I knew the long slim shape would be perfect for my mom's entryway.

The console wasn't in great condition (probably why it was on the side of the road) so to hide that (and the miscellaneous items my mom wanted to stash inside it) I made a skirt for it.

I used a sturdy cotton fabric from Ikea. It was $6 a yard and I used about six yards.

The first thing I did was to measure and cut out the pieces of fabric. The skirt I made was nine pieces in all:

This graphic below explains the size of each piece, and how I factored in the folds and seam allowances. My console was 72 inches long, 13 inches wide, and 30 inches tall, but this plan can easily be adapted for any size console - see my notes in blue.

Once you have all the pieces measured and cut, the sewing is easy. In fact I sewed this entire project with my $35 Lil' Sew and Sew machine. No fancy stitches required - I did everything with a basic straight stitch.

I started by sewing the front, back, sides, and corner pieces together. Then I hemmed the bottom and ironed the folds into place. The last thing I did was attach it all to the top piece.

The real key to this project is to carefully pin everything into place and make sure it's lined up before you sew. Also, iron a lot - super smooth panels and extra crisp folds really help complete this look.

Once on the console, the corners of the skirt poofed out a little more than I would have liked, so I tacked them into place with a quick stitch about six inches from the floor, see the orange arrows below:

Side note: If my mom had needed to be able to easily access the things stored underneath the skirt I would have instead used magnets or fabric weights to keep the corners in place.

We had a piece of glass cut to fit the top - it looks pretty and helps protect the top from all the hustle and bustle that happens in an entryway.

Doesn't this vintage silver toast rack make the sweetest little mail sorter?

There ya have it, my do-it-yourself skirted table. I think it's one of my most proud DIY project to date...and I've done quite a few.


Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

No wonder you are so proud of this! It's really beautiful. Love the front pleat! Well done! Going to Pin this on one of my Pinterest boards now!

Anonymous said...

Really well done and makes a functional and elegant entryway!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post! I've been searching for a clear detailed explanation.

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