Dress up a plain utility sink with a fabric skirt cut from curtain panels. Hook-and-loop strips make it easy to install and remove.
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The estimated $57 cost of this utility sink skirt is partially offset by using the top halves of the curtains used to decorate short basement windows. When selecting curtains, buy panels long enough for both uses plus at least 4 inches to spare for hems. The panels shown measure 84 inches long by 42 inches wide.
For each panel, cut and hem the top portion for use on a basement window by folding over a 1-inch strip of fabric, pressing it flat, and folding and pressing again for a double hem. From the remaining fabric, add 2 inches for the top hem to the distance from the top sink edge to the floor and cut the fabric just long enough to come almost to the floor. Then double-fold and sew the 1-inch top hem and iron flat.
You only need to allow for one hem when determining the skirt height because the bottom hem of each curtain is already sewn in place. If you use raw fabric, though, add another 2 inches to the fabric height for a second seam.
Download the Sink Skirt Measurement Guide for help cutting the curtain panels to size. Depending on your sink and how it’s installed, you may need to use two panels to wrap around both sides and the front.
Mark the top edge of the hemmed curtain the distance from the wall to the corner of the sink. To make the first pleat, fold the fabric to the inside of the skirt and pin it in place. Measure 2 inches from the fold and make a second fold to create three layers. Pin the folds together. Then make a mirror copy of the folds for a pleat that is 4 inches wide.
Measure from the center of the first pleat a distance equal to the front of the tub. Make a second pair of folds for the other pleat. Check the fit of the skirt around the sink.
If you need to splice together a second panel to wrap around the sink, hide the seam inside one of the pleats.
Separate the two strips of Velcro. Cut and sew the loop portion to the top inside hem of the skirt. Attach the hook strip to the loop strip sewn to the skirt. Remove the backing from the adhesive on the hook strip and press this strip against the outside lip of the sink.
To remove the skirt for cleaning, simply separate the two Velcro strips. The curtain fabric we used can be machine washed in cold water and hung to dry.