Quilted Christmas Table Runner {Countdown to Christmas}

Festive Table Runner

This second post in the Countdown to Christmas series sees us making a quilted Christmas table runner for your table. Quilted using heat resistant wadding, the runner is perfect for making your table look beautiful this Christmas, as well as protecting your table. You can decide how intricate (or not) you wish to quilt your runner (possibly dependent on how long you have to make it before the big day).

If you want to make your own, you will need:

  • 2 rectangles patterned fabric of your choice (these could be the same or different)
  • Wadding
  • Matching or contrasting thread
  • Tape measure
  • Tailors Chalk (or pencil)
  • Set Square, T Square, or Perspex Patchwork Ruler to get the perfect right angle
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine

Measuring up:

  1. Measure the length of your table and add 60cm to this figure
  2. Most runners can range between 35-50cm – decide how wide you want your runner (this may be influenced by the width of your table or personal preference)
  3. Add 4cm to the length and width of your runner to account for your seam allowance

My table is 1m long so my finished runner will be 160cm x 40cm (this seemed a suitable width) – my fabric and wadding rectangles therefore need to be 164cm x 44cm

How to make your runner:

  1. Measure and cut your two fabric rectangles and wadding rectangle
  2. Pin your ‘front’ piece to your wadding (you could use temporary fabric adhesive if you have some!) and/or pin in place
  3. Using your squaring tool and tailors chalk, mark out squares on your ‘front’ piece  – my horizontal and vertical lines were at 8cm intervals
  4. Sew along the lines you’ve drawn to attach your wadding to your ‘front’ piece
  5. Lay your quilted ‘front’ piece on the table/floor (wherever you have enough space) and smooth out the fabric if needed
  6. Place your ‘backing’ piece on top of your ‘front’ quilted piece so the right sides of fabric are facing each other; pin in place
  7. Sew around your runner 2cm from the edge, leaving a 10-15cm gap in the middle of one of the long sides.
  8. Cut the corners of your runner diagonally to avoid fabric bulk (mind you don’t cut your stitches though – I would recommend cutting 2-3mm away)
  9. Cut your ‘front’ piece and wadding 1cm from the stitches all the way round your runner
  10. Turn your runner the right way and press with a warm iron
  11. Top stitch around your runner for a pretty edge (when you get to the open bit, if you fold your fabric in before you top stitch, you will close the gap and no-one will know where you’ve turned it!)

The principle is the same as I have used for two of my previous makes; a Baby’s Play Mat and a Quilted Baby Blanket – if you’ve not already seen them, why not head on over to take a look.

Head back over to WCDN on Wednesday where we’ll be making another little accompaniment for your table this Christmas!

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