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Sink Skirt Hack If You Don’t Own a Sewing Machine

Who loves a good hack? *raises both hands* Today, I have a sink skirt hack for you if you don’t own a sewing machine or don’t want to use it.

Either way, I totally understand. Sewing machines and I are not on good terms, so I go out of my way to avoid using one.

Because I’m a giver, this blog post contains not one, but TWO sink skirt hacks.

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For the purposes of clarity, I’m defining a sink skirt as a skirt that covers the opening underneath a sink that might typically be covered by doors. If your situation is a little bit different than mine, these hacks should be adaptable.


Sink Skirt Hack #1: Turn kitchen towels into a sink skirt. 

What you need:

All you have to do is find at least two kitchen towels that you like. That’s the fun part.

If your under-the-sink opening is a lot wider than mine (28″) then you might need more than two towels to get the fullness you desire.

I’m going to assume that you are hanging your sink skirt from a tension rod, but you could use a different type of hanging rod.

Fold the towel(s) over the tension rod until they hang at your desired height. You could also be more precise and measure this, but I went with the “eyeball it” method.

In order to get your towel to stay on the tension rod and function as a sink skirt, you’re going to create a rod pocket. Don’t worry, this isn’t hard. All you need to do is stitch the towel shut approximately 1/2 – 1-inch below the tension rod.

You can stitch the rod pocket with a needle and thread. It doesn’t need to be tight stitches…a loose, running stitch works fine.

You can also “stitch” the rod pocket using Liquid Stitch, a permanent fabric adhesive or glue. This would probably work best on a cotton or linen towel that doesn’t have a ton of texture.

I’ve successfully used Liquid Stitch on all varieties of fabrics. However, I haven’t tried it on a towel like the one above that has a lot of texture, so I can’t personally vouch for this situation. It should be fine though if you use plenty of glue.

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Please note that you don’t need to cut the towel and hem up the backside. Just leave it and someday you can take the stitches out and use the towel as an actual towel again. That’s what I did!


Sink Skirt Hack #2: Turn an off-the-rack curtain panel into a sink skirt

What you need:

One standard curtain panel that you buy at Target or Walmart is the perfect width for creating a sink skirt. It’s just too long unless perhaps you’ve found a cafe curtain that’s the right length, so it needs to be trimmed to size.

Again, I’m assuming you’re using a tension rod to hang your sink skirt. If the curtain hangs nicely from your tension rod using the existing rod pocket or curtain tabs that are sewn on the curtain, then all you need to do is hem the bottom to length.

If the curtain doesn’t hang nicely from the tension rod using the existing rod pocket or curtain tabs, then flip the curtain upside down so that the top of the curtain is now the bottom.

That’s how the sink skirt in the below picture was created with an upside-down curtain. That’s why it has an extra-wide bottom hem.

Then all you need to do is create a rod pocket like in Hack #1.

I used Liquid Stitch to “sew” the rod pocket for this sink skirt. The longest part of the whole process was waiting for the glue to dry.


If you haven’t noticed, the overarching theme of these sink skirt hacks is to repurpose linens that are already hemmed to make your sink skirt.

It makes sewing projects for a person who doesn’t use a sewing machine so much easier.

Theoretically, it should be cheaper to buy fabric from the fabric store than to repurpose a curtain or towels for this sink skirt hack.

Sometimes it is!

Other times you’ll find finished items on clearance though that are in a pattern that makes you happy and in a size you can work with to make a sink skirt.

I hope this sink skirt hack helps you think outside the box when it comes to decorating your home!


If you end up using this sink skirt hack, let me know! I’d love to see your creation. You can email me here or reach out via Instagram and Facebook.


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