My kitchen table is always dressed. I mean, it always has some sort of table runner, place mats or table cloth on it. I think this encourages everyone to keep their stuff off the table. You know how tables collect clutter or aka everyone’s stuff. Plus it helps to have a designated area for stuff. That’s for another post. Just remember …..not on the table.
Anyway, sewing table runners is by far the easiest and cheapest project I know of to decorate your home. Especially when using a utility fabric like ticking. This fabric is durable. It presses well, launders well, and is inexpensive. This fabric is available at Walmart, Jo-Ann and Hobby Lobby.
I like the red and white. It goes with so many holidays. I made this table runner before Easter. I used it for my Easter table. I’ll dress it up for Fourth of July.
Here I have paired it with my home made narrow box, filled with blue mason jars. The mason jars have battery operated tea lights in them. Makes for great atmosphere. The look is simple and elegant.
Steps For Sewing A Simple Table Runner
Measure your table, both the length and width.
My table is 70 inches long by 38 inches wide. You can make your table runner any width or length you want.
Ideally, your table runner should be 1/3 the width of your table. I made mine 12” wide.
The length is up to you. I wanted mine to go the length of the table with a small overhang. So, it is 80 inches long giving the table runner a 5 inch overhang.
Up to 2 yards red and white ticking.
Up to 2 yards flannel for the backing. I like flannel for the backing because it isn’t slippery. It will stay put on the table.
Cutting The Fabric.
Cut your main fabric the length of your table plus overhang if desired. Allow one inch hem allowance. Cut the width of the fabric to your desired width plus 3 inches. This includes 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Cut your backing fabric the length of your main fabric. Cut the width of the backing fabric the same as the main fabric minus 3 inches. This includes 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Stack the main fabric and backing together, right sides together. You will notice that the backing fabric is shorter in width than the main fabric. That is the beauty of this method. After sewing the two long sides together, the main fabric automatically folds to the back. No fussing with sides not aligning. Let’s sew to see what I mean.
Sew each long side, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I sew with the flannel on the bottom. The main fabric has a bubble on top of the backing. This is good. Sew both sides. Don’t worry about the bubble.
Now turn the table runner outside in and press. There! Do you see what I am talking about? No fussing with side seams. It automatically folds to the back.
Fold each end 1/2 inch inside to form a hem. Press.
Sew each end 1/2 inch to close the ends. Then topstitch each long side 1/2 inch from the edge to secure the sides so they don’t shift when washed. This is not necessary for construction but it makes for a more professional finish.
Give the table runner a final press. Now go dress your table with your new table runner.
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