20 minute table runner

With the holidays gearing up, I am trying to decorate my apartment on a budget. I found this table runner on display at a local sewing store and it was so simple to make, I created places to put runners. I made one for my table and one for my coffee bar.

Materials needed;
-1/3 yard of festive fabric
-1/2 yard of complimentary fabric
-scissors/cutting wheel
-sewing machine

1. Square up your fabric. Ultimately you want 12 inch width of patterned fabric and 18 inch width of complimentary fabric. As you can see below after I squared my fabric I lost about ¾ of an inch… I wasn’t happy. If anyone that works at a craft store reads this, ALWAYS give a few extra inches with fabric. Trust me, no one is cutting straight and after everything evens up that’s about what you lose.

(Look at all that! Arrgghh!)

2. After you have the correct width of fabric, place right sides together and pin the length of the fabric.

3. Sew ¼ 0r ½ inch seam, whatever floats your boat.

4. Pin the other sides of the fabric together and sew the same width seam as in step 2 and 3.

5. Press seams out away from patterned fabric.

6. You should have a big long tube, flip tube right side out.

7. Press creases into the complimentary fabric so it evenly borders the patterned fabric on each side. I found folding the patterned fabric in half then folding the complimentary fabric over it helped me get pretty even borders.

8. Fold tube in half the hot dog bun way with the patterned fabric is facing out. Line up the short end and pin. Sew 1/4 inch seam.

9. Snip ends of seam and flip inside out creating a point.

10. Center the seam and press fabric to keep in place. You can also sew a button or pom pom on to help keep the seams centered.

And that’s it!

This is on my coffee Bar

This is on my dining table, I just loved the leaf print (even though it doesn’t match anything!)


-Buy a little extra fabric so you can square it up.

-If you want it to be wider, adjust the widths of the fabric. However, make sure you adjust for the size of the border.

-If you want it to be longer buy fabric that’s 60 inches long instead of 42. Or you can buy the 2 yards (or what whatever length you need). then cut the fabric to the length and width but that takes more time.

-Make sure your ends are even when you sew the short ends, other wise your triangle will be a little off.

I hope you like it, and as always, thank you for stopping by!




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