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How to Make an Easy Table Runner for Your Dining Room

blue, grey, cream quilted table runner on wood table with plant in brown wicker pot

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IN THE MOOD FOR SOMETHING NEW?  REFRESH YOUR TABLE IN NO TIME WITH AN EASY TABLE RUNNER FOR YOUR DINING ROOM!

 

Have you ever looked around your home and realized that it needed a little … something?  Nothing big, nothing crazy, just something.  That’s how I’m feeling right now.  I’m pretty happy overall with how our home is coming together, but our dining area is kind of lacking.  So I dug into my fabric stash to see what I could find.  Project time!  In just a couple of hours, I made this easy table runner and I love how it’s jazzed up our dining room!

 

 

 

I have to admit that in the past, I wasn’t really great about changing out ALL my decor with the seasons.  Now that we’re in our new home, I really want to freshen things up from time to time.  We still don’t have a ton of space to store a lot of seasonal stuff, so I like to create more evergreen types of projects.  Mind you, when it comes to Christmas – all bets are off, but that’s a TOTALLY different story!

So let’s get back to the table runner.  I found some gorgeous fabric at Joann Fabrics a while back when I was on a romantic weekend getaway with my husband.  Yes, you read that right – he let me shop for fabric on our weekend retreat.  He’s just that great!  Anyway – I picked up these beautiful coordinating fabrics because something about the blue really spoke to me.  Just love them.  I have some more fabric in my stash that could work nicely with these prints, but I think these three stand well on their own.

I bought so much of this fabric that I actually made some pillow covers that match the table runner, but I use them in our breakfast nook.

 

What you’ll need to make your Table Runner

Before we begin, gather your supplies:

Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter (you can use scissors if that’s all you have, but I find it much easier to make clean straight lines with the rotary cutter)
Omnigrid Square – perfect for creating nice straight edges when cutting
Three coordinating fabrics – 0.3 metres (⅓ yards) of each
Additional fabric for backing – 0.6 matres (¾ yards) – this can be one of the coordinating fabrics or something else altogether
Lightweight quilt batting –  I used Insul-Bright Insulated Lining so that I can set hot dishes on it – you can buy it here
Sewing Machine
Sewing accessories – thread, measuring tape, pins
Iron
My FREE downloadable pdf pattern – available in my FREE Member Vault

That’s all you’ll need.

 

Before you begin

Before I start any quilting or sewing project, I like to wash, dry and iron my fabric.  There’s nothing worse than washing a quilting project and having it come out completely misshapen because the fabrics shrank differently.  YES – I am speaking from experience!

Once your fabric is prepped, lay it out for cutting.  Here’s what you’ll need to cut out:

Fabric 1 – Five 2″ strips – you will further cut each strip as follows:

21″ (cut 3)
13.5″ (cut 2)
10″ (cut 2)
33″ (cut 2)

 

Fabric 2 –  Five 2″ strips – you will further cut each strip as follows:

21″ (cut 3)
18.5″ (cut 2)
37″ (cut 2)

 

Fabric 3 – Five 2″ strips – you will further cut each strip as follows:

21″ (cut 3)
13.5″ (cut 2)
10″ (cut 2)
33″ (cut 2)

 

Backing – measure it against your finished quilt top, but it will be approximately 22″ x 44″

And now the fun begins!

 

Putting it all together

I like to make things as quick and easy as possible when it comes to sewing.  While I love it, I don’t always have all the time I would like.  This is the process that I find works best for this runner:

Step 1:

Stitch Fabrics 1 and 2 together along the long edge, right sides together.  Stich Fabric 3 to the other side of Fabric 2, again with right sides together.

 

blue, grey, cream quilting fabric stitched in strips on green cutting mat

 

Press your edges open if all your fabrics are relatively dark.  If one fabric is significantly lighter, such as the one I have chosen, press the seams away from the lighter colours.

Remember you are repeating this step three times, to create three squares.

Step 2:

Using your rotary cutter and Omnigrid, you’re going to cut four 5″ squares from the strips.

 

blue, grey, cream quilting fabric stitched in strips cut into blocks on green cutting mat

 

Build your centre squares.  I’ve assembled my squares like this, but you can play with them and come up with a design you love.

 

 

Commonly referred to as the Brick Path Quilt Square, this design is super easy to make, but the effect is gorgeous!

Again, press your seams, taking care that they are not visible through the lighter-coloured fabric.

Step 3:

Connect the three centre squares to each other using the 10″ strips of Fabric 1.

 

free pattern and cheat sheet in member vault instructions

 

Step 4:

Continue to build the top out to the edges using the remainder of the strips, following the Table Runner Pattern.  Be sure you are pressing all your seams, either open or toward the darkest fabrics so that you don’t see anything through the lighter colours.

Step 5:

Place the top side of your table runner on top of your backing fabric and trim to size.

 

 

Step 6:   (Optional)

If you choose to use batting in your table runner, this is the step to attach it.  I decided to use Insul-Bright Insulated Lining, to allow me to place hot dishes on the runner for serving.  If you don’t want to use batting because your runner is purely decorative, you can skip this step.

Lay your batting on top of your backing fabric and trim to ½” smaller on each side.  The reason is that for this table runner, we are not using binding.  You can if you like, but the fabric amounts don’t allow for excess fabric for creating your binding.

Pin your batting to the wrong side of the backing, ensuring your pins are on the fabric side, not the batting side.

Step 7:

Place the right side of the runner top on the right side of the backing fabric, and stitch a ¼” seam all around, leaving an opening to turn the runner right-side out.

Step 8:

Press in the edges of the opening and stitch closed.  You can hand stitch this or you can do a decorative stitch all around the edge and close the gap that way.

 

 

 

Step 9:

At this stage, you can do some quilting.  This can really be a personal preference.  For a runner, I prefer very simple, clean lines, so I’ve opted to just follow some of the lines of the squares.  Because the table runner won’t be getting moved around a lot, I don’t feel the need to quilt heavily – just enough to keep the top and bottom together.

Step 10:

Give your Table Runner one final press, place it on your table, decorate and enjoy!

 

And that’s it!  It’s a quick and easy table runner pattern that you’ll use again and again.  You can whip them up in an afternoon, any time you need to refresh your dining room or you want to give a handmade gift.  This would be made even faster by using a jelly roll!  Keep in mind, jelly roll strips are usually 2.5″ wide, so you may not even want to do the outer pieces.  I know for sure I’ll be making this pattern again, probably for each season!

 

For other quick and easy sewing projects, be sure to check out my Quilt in a Day and my Blanket Scarf!

 


 

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blue, grey, cream quilted table runner on wood table with plant in brown wicker pot

 

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