How to Make a Table Skirt Using Tulle

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Things You'll Need

  • Table
  • Tape measure
  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

Tulle fabric can be made into a table skirt that will glam up any party. Tulle is also known as netting and is available in a wide variety of colors; it often features attached sparkles or designs such as stripes. A benefit of using tulle is that it will not fray, eliminating the necessity for hemming and finishing the edges. Because tulle is semitransparent, a gathered table skirt, made with hand-stitching, will create the biggest impact.

Measure the perimeter of the table and triple it to determine the yardage needed for the tulle skirt. Measure the height of the table.

Cut the tulle to the length needed for the gathered skirt and to the height of the table. Piece together sections of fabric if necessary to attain the length.

Hand-sew a basting stitch along the edge of the fabric, 1/2 inch from the edge. Pull the thread every 24 inches to gather the fabric, securing the gathers with small stitches.

Cut a piece of tulle fabric that is the length and width of the top of the table and add 1/2 inch to each measurement.

Sew the skirt to the tabletop fabric with a 1/2-inch straight seam, using a sewing machine or a needle and thread. Place the skirt on the table.


  • “Sewing Projects in an Afternoon”; Susan Mickey; 2005
  • “Sew Any Fabric”; Claire Shaeffer; 2003

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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