Less than One Hour to a Quirky Table Runner

Table Runner

I love this fabric – as soon as I saw it on the bolt at The Corner Patch (in the sale too I might add) I couldn’t resist getting a metre for my stash (keep your eyes peeled for it being used elsewhere in the future…I have a Movember themed make planned!) The black fabric at either end of the table runner is the leftover fabric from when I made the Minnie Mouse Baby Dress a couple of weeks ago (I’m being very thrifty!)

This make came about as my lovely cousin was moving house earlier this month so I decided to treat her and her partner to a quirky table runner. They both have quite a zany style and love quirky prints both to wear and to decorate their home with so I knew they’d love this fabric. I can’t take full credit for this though…my mum was the seamstress of the day sewing this for me whilst I prepped it for her and cut out another make (again, keep your eyes peeled for this next week!) We’re a sewing tag team!

If you want to make your own, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to do, and that you can put one together with leftover fabric in your stash! The finished dimensions are 40cm x 145cm, although if your table is long, you may need to alter your measurements accordingly to extend your runner.

You will need:

  • 1 x panel printed fabric 43cm x 36cm
  • 2 x panels of contrasting/plain fabric 43cm x 36cm
  • Matching or contrasting thread (if you’re less confident, go with a similar colour thread)
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tailors Chalk (or pencil)
  • Set Square, T Square, or Perspex Patchwork Ruler to get the perfect right angle when cutting your panels
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  1. Pin a piece of plain fabric to your printed fabric wrong sides together and sew together 1cm from the edge.
  2. Turn and press so that the right sides are facing each other and sew with a 2cm  seam allowance (capturing the loose ends from your first row of stitches)
  3. Repeat with the other piece of plain fabric at the other end of your printed fabric piece
  4. Turn under 1cm of fabric all the way round, pin and press
  5. Turn under another 1-2cm of fabric all the way round and press again
  6. Hem around the edge of your runner

See, look how easy that was? If you wanted to, you could also add a backing to your runner (if you chose this option, rather than hemming around the edge, you would cut out a piece of fabric the same size as your front, place them right sides together and hem around with a 1cm seam allowance and leaving a 10cm gap to turn your runner. One you have done this, you can tuck in your fabric and topstitch all the way round – I’ve used this method when I’ve made the garden girl quilt and baby’s play mat as it leaves an invisible finish!)

So there you have it, a simple table runner that is made in less than an hour in 6 easy steps!

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