Easy DIY Table Runner Tutorial

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I recently taught a class to a group of ladies at my church on how to make a simple table runner, and I thought I would share it with you as well. Even those with little or no sewing experience were able to complete their runners with no trouble, and you can too!

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With Christmas right around the corner, a new runner is a great way to spice up any table and add a fun print or color to a dining room.

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So, want to make a runner that’s fast, easy, and cute? It’s just four steps. Here we go!

Materials:

Front fabric – To make a 7′ long runner, you’ll need to buy 2.5 yd home decor fabric – if your fabric is 56-58″ wide, you’ll be able to get three runners out of one length. Cut the length in three equal pieces, or 18″ wide. For a 7″ runner, cut the fabric 88″ long. You can adjust the length to whatever you’d like – just add 4″ to the desired finished length to account for hems.

Backing fabric – To make a 7′ long runner, you’ll need to buy 2.5 yd quilting cotton or muslin fabric – if your fabric is 44″ wide, you’ll be able to get three runners out of one length, just as the front fabric (you’ll see below why the backing fabric is narrower than the front fabric). Cut the length in three equal pieces again, or 14″ wide. Cut to an equal length as the front fabric.

*The cutting measurements above will give you a finished runner of 16″ wide.

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That’s it! The back of your runner will look like this…

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They make great gifts (for others and yourself :)), and are easy to switch out for any holiday or occasion.

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You can read about our DIY farmhouse table and the chairs I re-did here, and I also shared a tutorial on how to reupholster dining room chairs with laminate fabric (best decision ever) here!IMG_4916edit

Hooray for me!

Okay, not really, but here are some pics from the Ikea fabric projects that I did (gulp) months ago.  We’ve moved for the summer and somehow I think my camera cord had the same fate as Angie’s did a while ago so I have to get the pictures put onto CD before I can use them.
This is the table runner I made (when I say “made”, I really mean I just had to hem the two ends… that’s right, not even 4 sides, just two ends):
p.s. I really do have 4 chairs for my table, I’m not sure where they were when I took this picture!
And here is the 2nd wall hanging I made.  After making it I decided it is a little too dorm-roomish for my likings, but it at least makes the wall a little less big and white for now.  Plus, I don’t even live in that house right now, so maybe absence will make the heart grow fonder?!

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I went to Ikea today to look for fabric. When I asked the lady at the cutting table how long they’ve sold fabric by the yard for, she said forever! I can’t believe I’ve never seen it. It’s probably a really good thing (Martha Stewart, is that you?) actually, cause I would have had made a lot more trips to Ikea in the past few years if I had known. I don’t know how I missed the fabric before. I couldn’t decide exactly which fabric I wanted for my 36″x48″ wall hanging. I was choosing between three different prints, but the first (it was a really cute blue on blue damask) was sold out, and the second, which was the red and orange, ended up just being a remnant (luckily there was a yard and a half left, which would be just enough to do my wall hanging). So I thought I better get the two that I could while I was there and while they were in stock. The girl at Ikea told me that they sell out fast of the cute prints, so I didn’t want to take any chances of missing out on either print.


The trees on the one design are probably a little over a foot tall, so I think it would work great for a large wall hanging. And I just loved the colors on the red (it’s almost coral) and orange, so I’m not sure which I’ll do first, or where I’ll put either of them in my house, for that matter! Actually, now that I think about it, I think the red and orange print would be great for my sewing room.

The navy and green fabric is also from Ikea, and it’s great cause it’s already hemmed to an 18″ width on the sides. It was also on sale for only $1.99 a yard, so I knew I had to buy it for something. I think I’m gonna make a table runner with it. I’m usually anti-table runners cause even just the name makes me think of something unattractive, but I think it will be cute. Plus, all I have to do to “make” it is hem the two ends, so if I hate it after, no skin off my back. Let’s face it though, pretty much everything I make it awesome, so I’m sure it will be fancy schmancy. I hope you catch my sarcasm. Otherwise, this would be very awkward.

I’ll post pics of my finished projects which will hopefully be soon!

Can I just say that I love blogging? It’s so fun already.