Ruffled Burlap Table Runner Tutorial

Need to dress up your Thanksgiving or Christmas table?

This simple yet elegant table runner is a perfect addition to any table.

Even better, it’s an easy project that you can have whipped up in no time!

Ready to get started?

Burlap – 48″ wide and the finished desired length plus 6″
Cotton – 45″ wide and TWICE as long as the length of burlap – if you want to use your ruffler foot, it’s a good idea to have a little extra length of cotton
*You’ll have enough width to be able to make three runners out of the above amounts.*

1. Cut the burlap to 16″ wide and the cotton to 10″ wide (it’s easiest if you rip the cotton along the grainline). You can adjust these widths, but I’d recommend to keep at least 6″ difference between the two to make sure you have a nice wide border of burlap.

2. Using a basting stitch, stitch along one entire length of the cotton, without backstitching at the beginning or end. Pull the bottom thread to gather the cotton to match the length of the burlap.
Right sides together, match raw edge with burlap edge and stitch along the entire length. I used my ruffler foot, and used it to gather the cotton as it was being sewn to the burlap. If you have a ruffler foot, use it! It’s more than worth the few minutes it takes to figure out :). If you are using a ruffler foot, it’s a good idea to sew a couple of test pieces to make sure the cotton isn’t being gathered more than double – if it is, you’ll come up short when you get to the end of the burlap!

3. Repeat step 2 with the remaining long sides of cotton and burlap. You can see that my gathered cotton ended up being just a hair shorter than my burlap, but since I started with a little extra length, it’s no worry and will be trimmed soon!

4. Turn the runner right side out.

5. Keeping the ruffles centered in the middle, press the folded burlap edges flat, keeping equal amounts of burlap on each side. You can press just the edge of the ruffles, making them more billowy…

Or you can press them flat, making a more modern and sleek ruffle.

6. Topstitch 1/4″ from edge of ruffle on each side down length of runner.

7. Trim the runner to your desired finished length plus 4″. Press one end 1″ toward the wrong side, and then another 1″.

8. Topstitch close to the folded edge.

9. Repeat steps 7-8 with other end of runner.

Great job!
If only the turkey dinner could come together as quickly :).
What are your Thanksgiving plans? Travelling? Staying home? I’d love to hear!


  1. completely gorgeous – i’m totally smitten with this runner – ahhhhhh!!

  2. How cute! I just got some burlap fabric and haven’t decided exactly what to do with it! Maybe this is what I should try. It’s great!

  3. This is so pretty! I love the colors together, and the gathers are perfect. =)

  4. THis is gorgeous! I might have to give it a try!

  5. I have to say that I honestly think this is one of my favorite table runners featuring burlap!!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  6. This is gorgeous – such a clever idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!

  8. I love this! I pinned it to do later! I’d love for you to come share at my link party!

  9. I love this! I need a ruffler foot…

  10. oooh…this is gorgeous Abby. I don’t usually like table runners too much, but this one I really like!

  11. Thanks for this great tutorial. I featured this tutorial on my blog, if you’d like to check it out!
    Simply Dream & Create

  12. Yup I think I need one of these!

  13. This is so simple with such a big impact! I think I have just enough time to make a few for Christmas ;D


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