Farmhouse Style Kitchen Skirt: Sew, Semi-Sew or No-Sew

How to Make A Farmhouse Style Skirt - Sew or No Sew | The Chelsea Project |

Let me just say….

I love, love, love farmhouse decor.

But…here I am

in a 1990s traditional.



Pretty far from a farmhouse…

but…..lest I despair….

let me also say that

…I’m slowly working in a few touches

…here and there

that mix well with the casual classic look already in place…..

…….like tumbled tile


 and walls textured with plaster….


These are coming together in the pantry

and creating a few little “farmhouse”

..moments…along the way.


One of these moments happened

when I hung…

a super easy-to-make farmhouse-style kitchen skirt….


lovingly created from…

…you guessed it…

upcycled drapery fabric.

Remember the painting on the drapery liner?  See here


here’s the fabric the liner came from…..


and here’s what became of the fabric…


at least the plaid.

The green will also be used in the pantry redo, just not in the skirt.


Here’s how the skirt came together.

 Step One:  Cut the Fabric 

I always lay the fabric out on this cardboard grid to help make sure the fabric is “squared” before it is cut.  This term just means that the fabric has been cut straight from the bolt.  It’s really one of the most important things that can be done before cutting.  If the fabric isn’t square….then everything will be off.

If you don’t have one of these…criss cross two yard sticks at 90 degree angles…tape them together and resume that square off.

I upcycle blue painter’s tape to hold the ends that have been leveled along one plane.

Yes….I upcycle everything. 🙂


If the fabric is square, it will lay perfectly across the line of the other plane.  This fabric does just that because I squared it when I made the original drapery.  If your fabric doesn’t lay evenly……trim…trim…trim…until it does.  No matter how long it takes.

Once the fabric is square, measure the length needed and mark it.  I have some tailor’s chalk, but you can use a #2 pencil or other chalk.


Measure and mark in increments across the fabric.  Then lay a straight edge and connect the marks.


 Now, cut across the line….and the fabric is square at the other end.  WhoooHoo!


Believe it or not…the hard part is done.

Step 2:  Make the Seams

This fabric is 54 inches wide and I used two widths so I’d have slightly more than a double-width gather.  It’s easy to cut the second width because the fabric is already square.  Don’t you just love it?

Anyway…. so attaching the two widths together is my seam #1.

At least, two to 2 and 1/2 widths is recommended when gathering for a skirt or drape.  

Then I needed a seam across the top to make a pocket for the rod.  I made a two-inch pocket even though the rod is much, much thinner.

Gathering takes up lots of room on the rod…please think through this …so that the pocket you make will have plenty of room for the gather.


The pocket for the rod is my seam #2.

And, that’s it.

At this point, I haven’t hemmed the skirt.  There is a 4-inch allowance of fabric for the hem, but I might leave it puddled.  If the skirt is hemmed, this is my seam #3.


But, before we talk about the hem……let’s look at options for the seams.

Seam Options:

One… is to sew the seams together using a sewing machine.  It’s two straight stitches.  If the skirt is hemmed…then three straight stitches.

Two... in the absence of a sewing machine… the seams came be made using a basting stitch.  It takes a few minutes and is not as pretty (on the back side) as a machine stitch…but if the thread color matches the fabric…it can certainly work.  Basting instructions here.

Three... make the seams using iron-on adhesive bond.  There are many different kinds so if you are not familiar with this product, suggest to ask an expert at the fabric store which one is best for this project based on your fabric.  Then…simply follow the directions on the package.  The same two or three “stitches” are completely no-sew.


Thinking about adding a little farmhouse to your decor?


It’s sew simple with a gathered skirt…in a nook….below the sink……so many options.

And, please….don’t forget to PIN…



Since this post, the little pantry-turned-nook is in the middle of a little refresh.

The updated post is coming soon.


Until next time,

Happy decorating,



  • Reply happylaughs February 22, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I like how it puddles. I think it looks great.

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 22, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Thx..I like the puddle, too. As of this moment….it ‘s remaining puddled. 🙂 Thx for weighing in…love to hear from you.

      • Reply happylaughs February 22, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        Your welcome :). Enjoying following you. ☺️

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