Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 31

Thread: Hiding storage with table skirt?

  1. #1
    Super Member Nanny's dollface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    So. California
    Posts
    1,443

    Hiding storage with table skirt?

    I need advice ...recently moved and now my quilting room is half the size without a wall closet or any closet! I have one of those long heavy plastic display tables against one wall for paper crafting and storage underneath. I hate to see the storage stuff.
    I was thinking of making a table skirt with a top ruffle that I would Velcro around the table edges.
    So here is my plan...is it crazy or is there another way?
    Since two sides of the table are against the wall, the remaining exposed edges measure 109 inches. These are the edges I want to cover to the floor. I will want to cut 218 inches of fabric and cut another 218 inches of fabric for the ruffle. place wrong side of ruffle fabric to wrong side of skirt , sew then flip the fabric over the seam and press. Take 1 inch elastic and while stretching elastic sew elastic to the top of table skirt . After elastic in place then sew on Velcro .
    Does this sound like it will work? Thanks!

  2. #2
    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Cadillac, MI
    Posts
    6,578
    Blog Entries
    19
    I would think doing it that way might be difficult to have the upper edge be neat. I would make it like an apron or skirt waistband so the piece you're attaching the Velcro to is smooth. I would also make the under curtain less than double. If you want the valance, it can be double. Plus, I'd use two pieces on the curtain for accessibility - three if you're turning the corner. it does sound like a good idea.

  3. #3
    Power Poster ManiacQuilter2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    18,937
    I am thinking of doing the same but I want to protect my fabric from any sunlight. But be sure to think where you need an opening and be sure that it will still give you access to what you are storing under the table. Will enjoy seeing you post pictures as it will inspire me.
    A Good Friend, like an old quilt, is both a Treasure and a Comfort

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    5,249
    I agree with Irishrose about the ruffle making the top difficult to keep neat. Here is what I would do. A single fullness of fabric for the table (i.e. the 109 inches but I'd probably give myself a couple of inches for 'fudge factor' as well as making side hems). If you want the ruffle for the 'pretty factor', go ahead and double that width for your fullness. Make the ruffle separately as you initially mention. I would sew the velcro strip to the flat skirt (making top/bottom hems beforehand). Then sew the ruffle onto the skirt with wrong side of ruffle to right side of skirt. Kind of like a 'top dressing' for the skirt. Both pieces then stick to the table together. I would put the large ruffled side towards the floor, thus having less fullness at the top edge for things to get lost in.

    For me, I probably would not do any ruffle just so there was not some place for little things (pins; bobbins; etc.) to hide on me! You might want to do the 3 pieces of fabric as suggested for ease of access to your bins under the table. Maybe even an overlapping slit in the front for the same reason. Just remember to add in those extra inches for side hems on each piece of fabric.

  5. #5
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    23,128
    I think I would skip the tablecloth part and just put velcro spots at intervals around the edge of the table.

    Then I would make a "waistband" to attach the ruffle/covering to the table and put velcro on that.
    I would make the "skirt" only 1.25 to 1.5 time the length of the band and make it in three sections so that I would have easier access to my stuff under the table.

    I would use a heavier fabric that would only need to have a little fullness to look nice - and it would hang well.

    In my world, the tablecloth would keep slipping.


    If the edges of the table are big enough, I would consider attaching the velcro to the INSIDE of the table and fasten the skirt from the inside/under the table. That way you would not be catching things on the skirt as you move stuff on and off the table.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by bearisgray; 06-17-2014 at 11:11 AM.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Pat M.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    NM
    Posts
    641
    If you really mean RUFFLES, you need to Double or triple the measurement for the RUFFLES. If you mean a border, you can sew it like a burrito pillow case, just don't sew up the sides.

  7. #7
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,871
    I did mine about 3 years ago.
    sandy
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Sandygirl

    Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome 3160 QVC/ Janome 1100D serger, Juki 2020 Mini
    Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)

  8. #8
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    19,206
    Blog Entries
    2
    that sounds wonderful. My husband put up a nine foot solid wood door for my cutting table and i wanted storage beneath that. he made two large open "boxes" on wheels for my bed linens and i made some fabrics to hang from the cutting table. he put them on with three yard sticks. Looks fine and the fabric meets in the center to allow access.

  9. #9
    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Posts
    8,549
    I did this with my cutting/pressing table. Except I used tension rods right under the lip of the surface of the table against the legs. This allowed me to quickly just seam a hem and a rod pocket.
    I covered one side and the 2 ends separately so that I could easily move the fabric out of the way to claim what I needed from under the table.
    I used a nice grade of muslin that nearly matched the painted trim on my table and the paint on my walls so that the drapes would blend into the background, not become a design element of their own.

    Jan in VA
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums19552.html

  10. #10
    Super Member Nanny's dollface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    So. California
    Posts
    1,443
    Bearing ray, thank-you so much for the drawing, as I am a visual person this helps to give me guidance.
    i appreciate your time and guidance.

  11. #11
    Super Member Nanny's dollface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    So. California
    Posts
    1,443
    To all , thank-you so much for your responses and for your time to respond. You are all great!
    Sandygirl, thank-you for the pic as it gives me a better idea of what it would look like.
    I will post a pic of my room and the skirt when It's all done. I plan to go to Joannes's on Friday so my stretch goal is to have this skirt done this weekend otherwise by next weekend.

  12. #12
    Senior Member didi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    SE Alabama
    Posts
    827
    Blog Entries
    1
    Sandygirl, I love the colors in your skirt, great idea.

  13. #13
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,871
    Thanks ladies.

    At the time i had purchased two 28' rolls (hook, loop) of 3/4" width "velcro" from an online source. I have used the tape for many projects. Ths site, http://www.hookandlooptape.com/index.htm has COLORS!

    I purchased the sticky back and reinforced it by stitching along each edge of the tape to the skirting. It sticks pretty well on the tables. Still in use!

    You have to make sure that one roll is "loop", the second roll is "hook". Dont assume that the roll is both!! I made that assumption only to find that i did not read the description.

    I used my ruffler foot to make the skirting. Not elastic.

    Post pics!
    sandy
    Last edited by Sandygirl; 06-18-2014 at 04:00 AM.
    Sandygirl

    Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome 3160 QVC/ Janome 1100D serger, Juki 2020 Mini
    Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)

  14. #14
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,871
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I would think doing it that way might be difficult to have the upper edge be neat. I would make it like an apron or skirt waistband so the piece you're attaching the Velcro to is smooth. I would also make the under curtain less than double. If you want the valance, it can be double. Plus, I'd use two pieces on the curtain for accessibility - three if you're turning the corner. it does sound like a good idea.
    I agree! If and when I re-do my skirting ....i will make a "waistband" top to attach the gathered skirting to the loop & hook tape. It will be much neater.

    Sandy
    Sandygirl

    Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome 3160 QVC/ Janome 1100D serger, Juki 2020 Mini
    Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)

  15. #15
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,871
    For some fun ides...check out Pinterest!

    sandy
    Sandygirl

    Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome 3160 QVC/ Janome 1100D serger, Juki 2020 Mini
    Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)

  16. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    2,061
    I also read an article where a lady needed more space than she had so she took a large round garbage can, added a nice round finished wood top and made a floor length cloth for it and used it in her living room as an end table...there's always a way! Could also use a square top if you wanted. Nice way to store fabric and pretty easy to get to it.

  17. #17
    Junior Member IQuiltnFL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Central Florida...
    Posts
    140
    Great ideas on this thread. I made a skirt for my table in a newly arranged space. The most challenging part has been getting it to stay on with the Velcro. I'm in a humid area and it just doesn't stay. I do live the skirt hiding the storage though.

  18. #18
    Super Member roserips's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Pe Ell, Washington
    Posts
    2,516
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I would think doing it that way might be difficult to have the upper edge be neat. I would make it like an apron or skirt waistband so the piece you're attaching the Velcro to is smooth. I would also make the under curtain less than double. If you want the valance, it can be double. Plus, I'd use two pieces on the curtain for accessibility - three if you're turning the corner. it does sound like a good idea.
    really great advice from irish rose. I have actually used conduit as a rod and it works well.

  19. #19
    Senior Member toodie11's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Rochester, MN
    Posts
    478
    I made a skirt also, but I have it attached to an old church table and I used heavier upholstry fabric with no gathers, stitched the velcro to the top of the fabric. used Double faced Carpet tape to hold the other velcro to the table. It seems to hold better than the sticky velcro. Also I put the skirt below the top of the table so that I did not keep bumping into it and knocking it off. I only used the about 8" of velcro about every two feet.
    Last edited by toodie11; 06-18-2014 at 08:00 PM.
    Toodie

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    453
    SORRY to start off with the wrong, but I'm that sorta gal. Your RUFFLE needs to be at least twice the inches of fabric (ruffle needs to be gathered), you'll need at least 436 inches of fabric for the ruffle. And more if you want more of a ruffle (gather).
    Good luck.

  21. #21
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    northern lower Michigan
    Posts
    225
    Thanks Jan, I really like the idea of a plain skirt and the tension rod. I may do that in my open storage.

  22. #22
    Super Member Aurora's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Somewhere in Time
    Posts
    2,694
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rather than making a two-piece skirt, I would use individual panels (possibly 18" each) to make it easier to get to the stored items. For me, it would be more about ease and convenience than appearance.
    Aurora

    "A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot." -Robert A. Heinlein

  23. #23
    Super Member Nanny's dollface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    So. California
    Posts
    1,443
    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbie View Post
    SORRY to start off with the wrong, but I'm that sorta gal. Your RUFFLE needs to be at least twice the inches of fabric (ruffle needs to be gathered), you'll need at least 436 inches of fabric for the ruffle. And more if you want more of a ruffle (gather).
    Good luck.
    The width of the table is 109 inches . As my original email indicated, I planned on using 218 inches for the background drop and 218 inches for the ruffle to end up with a gathered skirt of 109 inches. Thanks for confirming the need to double the fabric.

  24. #24
    Super Member Nanny's dollface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    So. California
    Posts
    1,443
    My head is now full of other ideas....using curtains on spring rods or other type of rods.......that way, I could have panel type sections....deciding factor will be cost. I need to see which is less expensive, curtains and rods or fabric and Velcro.

  25. #25
    Senior Member LITTLEOLDME's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Great N W Oregon
    Posts
    561
    Sound like a work in progress to me, go for it.
    Freedom to speak is a gift ;please don't take it from us..

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.