How to Make a Sink Skirt

A skirted sink can provide you with additional under sink storage while hiding unsightly plumbing pipes. It also breathes new life into an older bathroom. It’s simple to do and can be easily accomplished even if you don’t know how to sew. And if you have any leftover fabric, you can stitch a fabric border on your hand towels or your shower curtain to give the room a custom look.

How to make a Sink SkirtLet’s Get Started

1. Measure the width, depth and height of the sink. Most sinks range in height from 32” up to 36” and since most fabric is 54” in width, a solid fabric or one that can be turned sideways (railroaded) will prevent you from having to sew any seams, creating fewer sewing hassles. For a fuller skirt, measure between 2 and 2 ½ times the width and depth of the sink; or for a more tailored look allow 1 ½ times the width and depth of the sink.

2. Cut the fabric to desired dimensions allowing an extra 1 ½” on top and bottom, plus an additional 5/8” on either side for hemming.

3. After hemming all four sides, sew 2 lines of basting stitches about 1” from the top and gather the fabric to the fullness you like. An easier option is to use shirring tape (available at any fabric store or online). Shirring tape comes in lots of styles and sizes so you can easily achieve different looks depending on what style you buy. It’s even available in iron-on options, so no sewing is required.

4. Cut and glue Velcro onto clean, dry sink. Then stitch Velcro to the skirt about 1” down from the top of the skirt.

5. Press the skirt onto the sink starting from the middle and working out to the ends.

6. If all else fails, take your fabric to your local tailor with your measurements, and for a minimal fee let them do the work for you!

How to make a Sink Skirt

Posted 2/27/09

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    Jeanine C.

    December 3, 2014

    This looks so cute. I would love to do something like this on my farm wall sink in my laundry room, however, would hate to put glue or something permanent on the sink surface. Is there anyway to do this using an elastic band to hold it in place?

    Just wondering 🙂

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    November 21, 2011

    Ahh you did 18 + 18 +24, then that was 60, multipled by 1.5= 90″. Makes sense now!

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    Tina Breitwieser

    March 18, 2011

    type of glue ??

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      Ballard Designs

      March 21, 2011

      Tina: Some of the Velcro Strips have adhesive on the back, but if you have to use glue, our suggestion is hot glue – just make sure that the surface is clean and dry before adhering any glue.
      The Style Studio Team

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    January 19, 2011

    I have been searching everywhere for a pattern for this! THANK YOU!!!!!

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    Linda Kitchen

    April 10, 2010

    I did this for my daughter’s sink in college and it looks so cute and does hide a lot

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    January 29, 2010

    I found the same exact post at this website:

    Not sure if she was claiming it as her own but there was no credit to ballardstylestudio.

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    September 14, 2009

    Thanks! That is how I thought I would do it but it was reassuring to hear it from you.

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    June 17, 2009

    That was much easier than I thought!