Created by: Lindsey Crafter
Hey everyone! Lindsey Crafter here, I’m excited to jump on with fabric.com to share a fun DIY project along with a few other ways you can refresh your bedroom this Spring.
I love using fabric for more than just sewing projects - so I’m going to show you how to wrap a generic side table with fabric to create a luxe upholstered bedside table! Style your bed with a few new shams and throw pillows and your space can feel fun and refreshed in just an afternoon!
Now let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- 2 Yards printed fabric (adjust to suit your size of side table)- we used Premier Prints Twill Devada Canal
- Spray Adhesive
- Straight Edge or Ruler
- Staple Gun with Staples
- Fabric Scissors
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Square White Side Table
I chose Premier Prints Twill Devada Canal - a medium weight printed fabric with a trendy print. Be sure the fabric you choose isn’t too transparent or has a pile or nap. Iron your fabric to press out any creases or wrinkles before cutting out pieces for your project.
Spray adhesive is ideal for this project because it ensures even coverage over the whole surface of the table without bleeding through in certain spots like regular glues. Be sure you’re working in a well ventilated area and protect your work surfaces and clothing from overspray.
Test a small swatch of fabric for color fastness and bleeding. I actually switched adhesives mid-project because my first choice seeped through the fabric and was staining the test swatch yellow!
Don’t worry about assembling your table! We’ll be wrapping the legs individually first. Be sure to cut out fabric for each leg in the same direction so that they all match! Cut out a rectangle with fabric scissors to cover all four sides of the leg. Allow for at least a ½” folded overlap at the seam and a ½” folded edge at the top and bottom of the leg.
Press a ½” fold along the vertical length of the fabric with an iron before applying the fabric to the table leg. After spraying the leg with glue, apply the folded edge about a ¼” from the corner edge. Press down while the glue sets. Take care to keep the folded edge flush with the top and bottom ends of the table leg. Apply glue to each side and wrap the table leg with the remaining fabric.
Fold and press the remaining overlap to create a sharp crease and apply adhesive to the underside of the flap. Press down firmly to adhere it to the leg. Set aside so the glue has a chance to set and wrap the remaining legs using the same steps.
Measure and cut out a square of fabric to cover the bottom of the table and add an extra ½” on each side to create an overhang. Apply Glue to the unfinished bottom of the side table and smooth down the fabric maintaining the ½” overhang on all sides. After gluing down all four sides of the overhang, snip each corner and overlap the extra fabric to create a sharp corner before gluing down. When covering the top of the table this overlap will ensure there won’t be a seam where the table finish is exposed.
The final piece of fabric you cut will be the largest and will cover the top of the table. It should be long enough on two opposite ends to and fold in ½” along the bottom edge of the table, and 4-5” inches extra length on the two remaining opposite ends so that creased corner tabs can be created and stapled underneath the table. Apply glue to the entire surface of the table and smooth down the fabric so that there are no wrinkles.
Flip the table back upside down and fold up the shorter ends folding in the extra fabric to create a seam at the bottom edge of the table. Press with an iron to create a sharp edge. Secure the fabric with adhesive and repeat on the remaining side.
Fold the remaining excess fabric just like if you were wrapping a present. Grab a corner and pull it inward along the top edge, creating a right triangle. Use a quick spray of adhesive to keep it in place. Repeat with the other side. Spray the wrong side of the fabric with glue and pull the tab tightly over the table edge and press onto the underside of the side table. Keep the tab tightly in place with staples along the folded edge.
Place staples at the top and bottom of each leg to reinforce the fold at the seam before re-assembling the table and styling in your bedroom!
This is a great way to update your room on a budget. I even picked out a few more fresh fabrics to make some fresh throw pillows. I used two different linens to make two-toned shams with flanges so I can switch up my look whenever I want! Natural fringe trim quickly elevates a lightweight cotton print that makes a snazzy statement pillow.
Here's what I used to create the pillows:
Michael Miller Indian Summer Ginger Blossom
Linen Blend Sunrise Seafoam
Rayon Linen Blend Blue
20"x20" Pillow Form
12"x20" Pillow Form
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