Sewing Tutorial: Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Skirt

How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial

 

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the simple, quick process of adding a stretchy waistband to a vintage round tablecloth to make a skirt. Using this technique, you can turn any cute round tablecloth into a skirt! This is an easy beginner sewing project.

See a second tablecloth conversion here.

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Materials used:

Determining Your Measurements

First, use this tutorial by Simple Simon and Co to figure out your measurements for a circle skirt.  Fold your skirt in quarters like you’re making a giant snowflake (this is a great analogy from the Simple Simon and Co tutorial linked above). Add 1/4″ to 1/2″ to your measurement and mark your skirt, measuring from the point (see the blue dotted line in the picture below). I clipped the sides of my skirt so that the fabric wouldn’t move while I was marking/cutting it. You want your skirt to be bigger than your waist, so that you can gather it before attaching the elastic waistband.

How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial

Cut your tablecloth along the line you made. How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial

The piece you cut off should open up to become a mini-circle.

How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial

Adding the Waistband to Make Your Tablecloth into a Skirt

Finish the top edge of your skirt. I serged it, but you could use a zigzag or overedge stitch. Alternatively, you could fold it down to create a narrow hem around the top. Cut your elastic 1-2″ smaller than the size of your waist (try out different sizes to see what’s most comfortable). Sew it into a continuous circle. Mark it into quarters with pins.

How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial

Mark your skirt into quarters with pins. Match the pins from the waistband to the pins on the skirt. You’ll have a lot of loose skirt fabric in each quarter. I used quilt clips to create evenly two spaced pleats in each quarter of the skirt. Sew the skirt and waistband together. How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial

Now You’ve Turned Your Tablecloth into a Skirt!

Here’s the finished project:

 

How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial

How to Turn a Vintage Tablecloth into a Circle Skirt: Free Sewing Tutorial



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