A nice Table Runner is a quick and easy way to complement your table arrangements. It will not only add a stylish look to your dining room but it will also be unique to your home if it is made by yourself.
For this project you will need:
- Fabric (if the fabric is new I would recommend to wash it to eliminate shrinkage and get rid of excess dye before cutting)
- Matching thread
- Two tassels
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Pins and hand sewing needle
- Fabric marking pen
Cutting the fabric
- Measure your table the way you want your runner to go and add at least 12” to allow a drop of 6” at each end. For instance, if you are making a runner for a table 40” long you need to cut fabric 52” long.
- Measure your desired width of the runner and add 1” for seam allowance. For 13” wide runner you need to cut a piece of 14” in width
- Mark and cut 2 pieces of fabric to these measurements.
- Fold one piece of fabric across in half, then lengthwise.
- At the open end, use a pencil and ruler to mark a diagonal line to form point.
- Cut along marked line through all layers.
- Open out fabric and use as pattern to trim the other piece (or pieces, if you are making a few table runners) of fabric to the same size.
- With right side up, pin or hand baste the loop of a tassel at each endpoint to one piece of fabric, so the tassel points toward the centre of the fabric.
- Place the second piece of fabric on the top of the first one with right sides facing each other, lining up the edges carefully.
- Pin or hand baste them together. As this is a very important stage of the work make sure the points and the tassel will not move against each other when you will be stitching them up.
- Mark a gap of 6” long in the middle of one long side (you will need this gap to turn your runner right side out when it has been stitched).
- Stitch the runner with 1/2-inch seam starting from the bottom of the opening gap and finishing at the top of the gap, leaving a 6-inch opening along one long side.
Turning TableRunner right side out
- Before turning right side out, trim fabric around corners – do not cut the tassel loop. The loop will help to hold the tassel in place.
- Pull the runner right side out through the unstitched gap.
- With a pair of closed scissors gently poke out the seams to make neat edges and corners.
- At the opening gap tuck the seam allowance in and slip stitch it.
- Press and press until all seams are flat and straight.
Finishing the Tablerunner
- Top-stitch all sides of your TableRunner 1” in from the edge (you can use a matching thread or contrasting thread).
It’s done and it’s gorgeous!