How to Make a Sink Skirt
- 4-1/2 yards of 48"-wide cotton fabric
- measuring tape or ruler
- 2 yards cotton piping
- 5' of 1"-wide adhesive-backed hook and loop tape
- coordinating all-purpose thread
- sewing machine
- 1 roll 5/8" fusible bonding web tape
- high temperature hot glue gun
- hot glue sticks
Measure and Cut Fabric
Measure the height and width of sink. Measure and cut three pieces of fabric to the length of the sink height plus 5 inches for seam allowance and hem. Position two fabric panels with right sides together, and pin and sew right edge. Pin and sew third panel in the same manner. (Example: If using 48-inch wide fabric for a sink that's 31 inches high, the fabric panel should measure 144 inches by 36 inches.) Tip: If a machine washable skirt is desired, pre-wash fabric.
Cut cotton piping cord to sink width, plus 1 inch for seam allowance. Measure and cut a piece of fabric that's 2 inches wide and the length of the sink width plus 1 inch. (Example: If sink width is 30 inches, the fabric piece would measure 31 inches by 2 inches.) Wrap fabric length around piping cord and sew into place using a zipper foot.
Make Header Band
Measure and cut a piece of fabric to sink width plus 1" seam allowance and 6-1/2 inches wide. Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press. Sandwich a piece of fusible webbing tape between the two layers and press again to activate adhesive.
Sew Piping to Band
Position piping cord two inches below folded seam. Raw edges should face the same direction. Pin and sew into place.
Gather and Sew Skirt
Position header band and skirt with right sides together and raw edges lined up. Pin right and left sides of skirt to band, just above piping. Pull skirt out to find the center and pin to band's center point. Gather and pin skirt from center point working out toward each side. Sew into place and remove pins. Trim excess seam allowance. Tip: For an even gather, divide skirt and header band into eighths and pin together at each eighth mark. Gather skirt between these marks.
Hem and Press
Measure skirt length and double-check measurement against sink height. Fold skirt under at desired finished length, measuring to ensure an even hem. Pin into place. Insert fusible webbing tape under hem and iron to activate adhesive. Tip: Hem length is a personal preference. Have the hem just off the floor if a wet floor is common, just touching the floor for a traditional look or allow it to puddle for drama.
Sew Exposed Edges
For an exact fit, hold skirt to sink and place a pin to mark left and right hems. Fold fabric under to hide raw edges and pin. Sew into place. Tip: Fusible webbing tape can be used here, but it isn't strong enough to hold down the piping trim and band. Those sections need to be hand- or machine-stitched together.
Apply Hook and Loop Tape
Remove paper to expose adhesive back on loop tape. Apply to clean, dry sink just under the lip. Cut excess. In the same manner, apply hook tape to inside top of skirt band. Adhesive tape isn't intended for fabric use, so apply hot glue to ensure proper adhesion. (Follow manufacturer's instructions for adhesive dry time before applying skirt to sink.) Tip: Moisture and humidity may cause adhesive to relax over time. Add a bead of hot glue or super glue to reattach.