April 17, 2013

Quick-and-Easy DIY Table Runner

Think a gorgeous new table runner is beyond the scope of your sewing skills? Think again! Today I’m going to show you how to stitch a table runner any home decorator would be proud of, and it only requires four lines of stitching and 15 minutes or so of time! Featuring gorgeous new fabric from the HGTV line available now at Jo-Ann stores, this table runner will add spring pizzazz to your kitchen, dining room and more. Let me show you how it’s done!

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This idea is one my mother received from a friend, who cited the original source for the instructions as the Weber County Extension of Utah State University. I used the basic method from her original instructions, with the exception of a couple of adjustments to the method of assembly. This really is a brilliant way to quickly and easily make a stunning, professional table runner!

For this project, you will need…

  • Home decorator fabrics in 2 coordinating designs (my designs are Urban Blossoms and Checkered Past, both from HGTV at Jo-Ann)
  • Coordinating thread
  • 2 buttons
  • Recommended: rotary cutter and mat
  • Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, iron, etc.

To begin, make your cuts. You will need:

  • 1 piece from your feature fabric (the center fabric panel in the picture above) that is 12″ by the width of your fabric
  • 1 piece from your accent fabric (the outside trim sections pictured above) that is 18″ by the width of your fabric

Place each of the fabric pieces together, right sides facing, lining up one of the long edges of each. Pin. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch along this edge.

Now, fold the piece in half, right sides facing, aligning the remaining long edges. Pin. Stitch this edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. You will now have a tube.

Press the seam away from the feature fabric panel. Turn the piece right-side out, and press so that the accent fabric border is even on either side of the center feature fabric. Use a rotary cutter and mat to trim the ends so they are even, as shown.

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Fold the runner in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing, so that the feature fabric panel is facing out. Stitch along each short edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Fold the ends over to form a point, as shown, concealing the seam you just stitched. Press.

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To finish, hand-stitch a decorative button to the center to secure the folded edge, as shown. Your table runner is complete!

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Depending upon your sewing skill level, you might be able to complete this project in as little as 15 minutes! This is a marvelous way to add a touch of vibrant color to your decor. The weight and luxurious feel of the HGTV fabrics were absolutely perfect for this project, and I love how the body and richness of the fabrics really makes this project shine!

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The options for ways to use these runners are endless: seasonal decor, weddings, baby showers and more!

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I received complimentary product to review for this post.  All opinions are entirely my own.

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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14 Responses to Quick-and-Easy DIY Table Runner

  1. Paula@SweetPea April 17, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    I need to visit JoAnne to see this new line of fabric. Love your runner and especially love how easy it is to make.

  2. Crystal April 17, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Runner is beautiful! I love the colors!!

  3. Marilyn April 17, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    This is so cute and easy. I LOVE it!

  4. Vicki July 14, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Oh, my goodness, that is so cute and simple! I’m making one today. Thanks!

  5. Vicki July 14, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Oh, my goodness, that is so cute and simple! I’m making one today. Thanks!

  6. Marti November 3, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    This is beautiful! I shared it this week at my Thanksgiving 30 Days of Gifts. You can see it here…http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/sew-thankful-series-house-day-3/. 🙂


    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Thanks so much, Marti!

  7. Jeanette December 14, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    I made my first table runner last month. I bought my fabric at my local quilt shop. They it as a kit and called it “The 10 Minute Table Runner”. It’s so fun to make. I made the mini table runner. It’s perfect for candles or candy dish.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      So fun to make a miniature version! I agree that these are super fun to make. Thanks for stopping in!

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