Monday, August 15, 2011

Make A Sink Skirt No Sew

Needs a curtain

Do you have one of those sinks in your bathroom that exposes the ugly pipes underneath? Do you also need a little more storage room? You can make a skirt to put on your sink and solve both problems. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Measure the sides and front of the sink. Decide where you want the skirt to begin. You don't want it to be too close to where water will be splashed on it all the time, unless you are going to be making it out of plastic.

Cut a piece of the hook side of the Velcro and stick to the sink. You may also want to apply a little glue as well. Don't worry; if you ever decide to remove, you can use a window scraper to remove the glue residue.

2. You know the width around the sink now, so double that measurement and that will be the width to cut your material. Measure from the top of the Velcro strip to the floor, add 4 inches; this will be the length to cut.

3. At the top of the material, turn under 1/2 inch, and press with an iron, then turn under 1 1/2 inches and pin in place.

Baste all across. This is sewing with large stitches all across. Leave a long piece of thread at the end, and carefully and slowly pull the thread, scrunching the material from the right to the left forming gathers. Hold the piece up to the sink, and make sure you have it to the exact width of the sink. When you have just the right size and the gathers are equal all across, tie and lock your thread, and pin in place.

4. Sew on a sewing machine along the hem. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can sew by hand, but with really small, close stitches.

Hold the skirt to the sink with the top even with the top of the Velcro strip and mark where the hem should be. Pin in place all along.

Sew the hem.

Sew the loop side of the Velcro to the top of the skirt about 1/2 inch below the top of the skirt.

Attach the two pieces of the Velcro together.

By making the skirt in one piece, instead of two pieces, which you could do, makes a more uniform look, and access to the underneath is at the side. If you wanted to have a front opening, you would cut into two pieces, making the left side of the skirt a little longer, and putting a piece of the hook Velcro onto the right skirt top, in order to close it over onto the right side.

Tags: onto right, piece hook, sewing machine, side Velcro, turn under, Velcro strip