Friday, December 10, 2010

More table runners!

The past few weeks I've been on a table runner making "kick".  There so many patterns out there and you can make and quilt a table runner very quickly.  They make nice gifts too!
On this one, I used my paint sticks that I have had for over a year.  I used a stencil to make the black blocks.  It was pretty fun, but not quite as easy as I thought it would be.   I should have made two, as both my daughters wanted it.  Guess I'll have to make another.

Now the next one is a project made for my guild challenge.  We all had the same 1/2 yard of fabric and could make anything we wanted.  The fabric we all had was the green with colored circles on it.  I shouldn't be posting it yet, because it's suppose to be a surprise next Tuesday, but I don't think any of the members read my blog, so I should be okay.  Nothing outstanding but it's done!

Now the next runners are the easiest I've ever done.

All you need for one is:

1/3 yard focal fabric
1/2 yard coordinating for backing and hem
18" x 44" batting (optional)

Put the focal fabric and backing fabric right sides together, aligning the raw edges.  (If using batting, place it on top and match raw edges.)  Pin and sew long sides.

Turn right sides out and press, leaving an equal amount of the back fabric on each side of the focal fabric.

Stitch in the ditch on both sides where the two fabrics meet.  I chose to use a decorative stitch.

Trim any excess off short ends of runner.

Fold one short end with back fabric right sides together; stitch along raw edge.  Trim corner and turn right side out to form a point.  Tack down point or use decorative button or ribbon to hold down in place.  Repeat on other end. 

And you are done!

This is about 14 1/2" x 44" tip to tip!   Not real long, but you could adjust to fit any table.

So I think I'm done with table runners for a while.  That is, unless I find another I just can't do without! 


  1. Thanks again Mom! I have it on my coffee table with a square iron tray on it that is holding the snowman potpourri you gave me a couple years back. Really cute!!

  2. Fun table runners - I am also posting about table runners this week! You are right, they are quick - so immediate gratification!

  3. I have never made a runner yet, but keep bookmarking patterns. I thought 2011 might be the year of runners for me to make as gifts and seasonal ones for me. I really like your paintsticks experiment one...I would want that one too!:) I like that 'subway' art style.