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A tablecloth is a great way to protect and decorate a table. Table runners add an extra dimension to your table setting.
Because it is easy to swap one runner for another, you can easily use them to create a theme for your seating arrangement or to piece together your home decor..
Why not wear gold and white for the holidays or something sunny during the summer?
In addition to being decorative and functional, table runners are also a monumental project for budding seamstresses. The only difficulty with table runners is their height; for longer versions this can be a problem.
But with the right dimensions and a good sewing machine, even complete beginners can make a table runner in no time!
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What is a table runner?
A table runner refers to a piece of fabric that runs the length of a table. I can place them on tablecloths for extra flair; I can also place them on a bare table or replace tablecloths.
The dimensions of traditional table runners are approximately six inches longer than the table on each side. Its width is approximately fourteen to seventeen inches.
Most table runners are simple pieces of fabric, but you can get creative. In this article, we will talk about how to make a simple table runner and a quilted table runner.
Best Fabric for a Homemade Table Runner
When it comes to table runners, the sky is the limit. You can develop one from traditional cotton fabrics, burlap or even burlap.
When it comes to the usual DIY table runners, any material you like works well, as long as you can use it with a sewing machine. However, quilted table runners are best used with 100% cotton fabrics.
How to Make a Table Runner
Table Runners are simple projects and you can easily make your own! This 10 minute table runner is a safe way to create a quick and easy decoration for your table.
- Sewing machine.
- Iron and ironing board.
- Tape measure.
- Measure the amount of substance you need. You can choose anywhere from fourteen to seventeen centimeters for the width. You can also measure your table and the width you want to estimate the exact dimensions you prefer.
- For the length, measure about ten to fifteen inches from the edge of your table. This measurement is how much your table runner will fall off the edge. Take this measurement and multiply it by two, one for each end. Then measure the length of your table and add it to your measurement. Once you have your measurements, add one inch to both the length and the width.
- Use your tape measure to make marks on the fabric. Then cut your fabric to size.
- Iron your piece of fabric to keep it flat. Then, after ironing, make a zigzag stitch around the edge of the entire fabric to prevent fraying.
- Now it is time to add the seams. Go around all four sides of your fabric and fold ½ inch from the edges. Flatten it and add pins to side it as notating place.
- Now it’s time to make the corners. The corners of a table runner ; to do this, unfold the corners slightly. Then make a 45-degree angle with one corner of the fabric. Then fold the sides of this to the center, creating a mitered edge. Alternatively, you can use the folded sides as a guide. Take the overlapping hems from the drill and tuck them into their folds. Line up the pleats so that they create a 45-degree angle from the edge of the fabric.
- Sew around all sides of the runner. This stitch is one continuous stitch running the entire length of the table runner. When you reach the corners, you will need to turn the fabric for continuous sewing. To do this, wind the bobbin by hand when you reach an angle; this will keep your fabric in place. Then release the presser foot and turn your fabric to the new length.
- Trim excess threads, and viola! You have your new table runner!
DIY Table Runner Variation: Tube Technique
Another way to make table runners is a fabric and then turn it inside out.
This is a less traditional sewing approach to table runners, but can be an easier method.
- Ironing board.
- Sewing machine.
- Measure the length of your fabric. Your height should be at least eight inches longer than the length of your table. The width can vary from fourteen to seventeen inches.
- Cut out two pieces of fabric of this length and width.
- Place the pieces of fabric on top of each other. The two right sides of the fabric should be on top of each other and make sure the sides are flush. Pin the edges of your fabric, leaving about two inches between each pin.
- Pick one side of the length of your fabric and let go somewhere in the middle of this length.. This detached part should be large enough to fit in your hand, with a little leeway. This opening is where you pull your fabric when you turn it inside out.
- Now it’s time to sew the edges! Start at the detached section and sew outward, leaving about 1/4 inch from the edges. Sew with a backstitch. Continue sewing along the length so that you reach the other end of the detached area.
- When you’re done, it’s time to make the corners. Cut your corners diagonally; you can do this without measuring, but you can also measure an angle to keep your angles uniform. Try to cut about 1/8 inch from the sewn edge; If you leave some slack between the sewn edges, you will get sharper edges.
- Turn your fabric inside out now! For the corners, the safest thing to do is reach into the fabric and stick out the corners while squeezing it from the outside. You can also punch this out with the eraser end of a pencil or the blunt end of scissors.
- Flatten your fabric to remove wrinkles and prepare it for the ultimate piece of sewing.
- Pin the opening. Make sure the ironed seam is evenly between the fabric. Place it back in the sewing machine and sew along the entire perimeter of the fabric again, starting from the unstitched opening.
- Iron again to remove all wrinkles. Ta-day! You .
This video shows another example of how to make a table runner.
Make an Easy Quilted Table Runner
Another dominant method to make a table runner is quilting. This easy-quilted table runner is an excellent way to use up all your leftover material.
If you have a lot of fabric lying around and can’t choose just one design, you can use all your favorite pieces and make a table runner!
- Fabric strips, about fifty pieces, at least twelve inches long.
- Backing fabric, size equal to your desired table runner size.
- Batting fabric, a measure equal to the backing fabric, preferably low loft batting.
- Sewing machine.
- Gather your fabrics and make sure they are all 100% cotton fiber. For quilting, it is best to choose fabrics with colors that go well together. Sticking to a color scheme can help keep your project looking its best.
- Make at least 50 strips of fabric approximately 12 inches long. You can have different widths for each strip, as long as they are at least an inch and only an inch wide. You can play with different widths to add dimension to your project or you can stick with the same width for uniformity.
- Make a few more pieces of fabric 2 ½ inch wide, as you will use these strips for binding.
- After you have cut your fabric strips to size, you can pre-wash and iron them. Washing and ironing prevents future bleeding, as well as shrinkage.
- Prep your back. Your background fabric should be the same size as your entire table runner, with an inch added to the length and width for leeway. The size of your table runner should be equal to the length of your table plus eight to ten inches. The width can be about fifteen inches.
- Prepare your batting. Hitting with a low loft is ideal for this project, because batting with a high loft will make the runner too thick and won’t cover a table properly. The intermediate fabric must to the same size as the backing fabric.
- Place the background fabric on your table, right side down. Then put the cotton wool on top and align the edges. Smooth the batting and pin the edges.
- Now it is time to lie down our quilting fabric. First, find the approximate center of your table runner. Then take a square piece of quilting fabric. Place it in the center of your runner so that it forms a diamond. Pin it.
- Take another piece of cloth with an original design. Cut it so that the length is the same as the side of the square you just laid out. Place this strip on top of the square, right sides together, aligning the edges.
- Sew along the overlapping edge. Start a little above the brim and end a little below it so that you include the batting and background fabric as well. Trim the excess thread. Then unfold the fabric and finger press along the seam.
- Now go clockwise. Measure the length of the two fabrics and cut your next piece in this size. Add this strip in the same way as the second strip. Check that your new fabric strip works well with your quilt before sewing it. Lay the fabric strip and check if other designs work better with what you’ve already laid out.
- Continue adding fabric clockwise until you reach the outer edge of your batting. When you get to the edges, you don’t have to cut the fabric to size. There is some dust hanging over the edge.
- Once you have covered the length of your runner, turn it over and trim the excess fabric. Sew the edges with a running stitch to hold it in place.
- Now is the time to add the binding! Take the remaining strips, preferably the ones that are 2 ½ inches in size. Attach them so that you have a piece of fabric that is at least four inches longer than the circumference of your table runner.
- Attach the binding to your table runner. Do this with the same technique you used when attaching the pieces of fabric earlier.
This video shows another example of a simple quilted table runner.
Quilted table runner alternative
Diary of a quilter also has a padded table runner tutorial. Rather than making a quilt with a diamond pattern, this tutorial develops a quilt with pieces of fabric that run the width of the table runner.
This tutorial uses the same technique as the previous quilted table runner tutorial, with minor variations. Rather than starting with a square patch, this tutorial starts with a strip in the center of the fabric.
Additional strips by sewing the edges and finger pressing the seams., going from the center of the runner to the outer edges.
This tutorial may be faster than the previous quilt design. However, long strips of fabric are more difficult to hold in place, and you will need a lot of ironing and pins.
Of course it depends on the design you want to achieve with your table runner, and both tutorials are a great way to make a table runner.
Table runners are a great way to add a pop of color to your dining area, and they are also quite easy to make.
Hopefully this article has helped you create great table runners for any occasion. Have fun sewing!
Have you tried making an easy quilted table runner?