I'm so excited how this fire pit slip cover turned out. Now when we aren't using it, it doubles as a skirted coffee table.
I found these handles at the Nashville Flea Market to attach to the bottom side of the table top and when I'm not using the skirt, it looks cute as a table top serving tray.
To get started, first measure across the middle of your table top. Cut a square of fabric 2" wider.
Find the center of your fabric and mark. We use a push pin since we have a padded table. The push pin leaves a small hole so when it is flipped over, it's easy to see.
Place the table top in the center of your square of fabric - right side down. Using the permanent marker, trace around the table top.
Set the table top aside.
Cut the circle 1/2" larger than the line you drew.
Determine the circumference of the circle by multiplying the width of the circle by Pi (3.14). Mine was 36 x 3.14 = 113.04" You will need enough piping to go around the circle.
You will need 4 panels for the skirt part To determine the width to cut each panel, divide the Pi measurement by 4 (113.04 divided by 4 = 28.26") Add 4" for side hems My panels were 32.26" x 18"
Before cutting the skirt pieces, consider your pattern match. You always want your design to continue from one piece to the next. See how my design continues from the top then down the skirt panel.
Apply covered piping around the edge of the circle top. For instructions on how to make piping, visit the Tips and Free Patterns section of four website, www.patemeadows.com
To join the piping, clip the cord back about an inch and fold the end up on an angle as shown.
Insert the piping of the opposite end and fold the folded/angled edge around tightly.
When you have all the layers smoothed flat, begin stitching.
Be sure and catch the bottom layer while carefully stitching. Set aside.
Fold double 1" hems down the sides of each panel.
We staple in the middle of the folded hem rather than pinning the hems in place.
This makes it really easy to sew the side hems without sewing over the pins.
Stitch as close to the edge as possible.
Using the temporary fabric marker, draw a line across the bottom of the panel 1/2" from the bottom edge of each panel.
Apply SteamASeam2 along the bottom hem line you just drew with your temporary fabric marker. Set aside.
Using the bias tape maker, make a 1" bias banding to be applied to the bottom hem of the side panels. For instructions on how to make bias banding click here
Apply the bias banding by using your steam iron. Flip the folded edge down onto the SteamASeam2 and press. The crease of the band should be directly on top of the temporary line.
Cut the banding off about 1" past the side hems. This is going to be folded around the side of the panel to the front when stitching the banding to the skirt panel
Wrap the banding around the outside edge of the hem of both sides of the panel. You can pin this if you need to but it usually not necessary.
Start sewing across the bottom with a 1/2" seam allowance.
Continue sewing along the entire bottom and across the other folded over edge.
Trim 1/4" of the bias banding to reduce the bulk.
Clip the bottom corner of the edge to reduce bulk so that when the banding is turned up it will be a smooth corner.
It will look like this.
Flip the band from the back to the front and press.
Begin top stitching from the bottom o the band along the side. Stop at the top corner.
Make the turn at the corner by raising the presser foot and pivoting the fabric. Continue top stitching across the top of the banding.
The panels are ready to be assembled to the top. Start in the middle of the panels and pin or staple the panels to the top along the piping previously applied. .
Line up the fabrics so that the design is continuous. Stitch the skirt panels to the top all the way around the entire top.
Next I made tabs/buttons and attached them to the skirt with my tack gun instead of buttonholes. The tabs can easily be removed by clipping the racks. Then just retack them when you put it back on.
Here’s how I attached them without doing buttonholes. After making the covered buttons, place one on the band where you want it and hold it firmly.
Insert the needle through the back of the band through the loop of the button then back through the band.
Gently squeeze the gun to work the tack through all the layers. Apply a button on both sides of each band.
Next attach the band to the skirt as shown in the youtube video on our channel. Here's the link. youtu.be/cmFo6JUZG2k
Since my table had legs that I had to work around, I had to wait to attach the other side of the band after it was placed on the table.
I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. @OutOnThaPorch is still my favorite place to be but this little patio area is another great place to hang out on hot summer evenings now!
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