October 11, 2011

How To... Table Runner

As part of my fall decor I wanted to change out my table runner on my dining table.  This table gets used more for my sewing and design projects than for eating at so I use it for a display space.  My old table runner was just not cutting it... it was too bright and colorful and I wanted something warm and deep. 

Digging in my mountain of fabric I had enough fabric left over from my Tailored Table Skirt and it was the perfect blend of fall with small pops of blue and cream.

I used a table runner I already had as my template for size.  The finished runner was 72" x 15".

Once I actually opened up the fabric I didn't have a straight 72" run of fabric.  I needed to seam two pieces together.

So I cut two 15" wide strips and folded one piece to match the pattern up to the other strip of fabric.

Next I ironed where I wanted the fabric to be seamed.

I then lined it back up to the other piece of fabric and pinned in place.

I used the ironed fold line as my sewing guide.

I trimmed the excess fabric off and then pressed the seam open.  Then I cut the one piece down to 73" {1/2 seam allowance}.  Then I used a flat sheet from Walmart {$5!!!} as the lining.  I cut that down to 73" x 16".

I lined the two fabric up right side facing eachother and then trimmed any areas that didn't line up perfectly.

I sewed both fabrics together on 3 sides.  Trimming the corners.

Next I turned the runner right side out.

Here is how I finished the open end: when the runner is turned right side out take the open end and fold it in 1/2" and pin.  Top sew the runner 1/4" from the edge all the way around.  It gives it a clean look and seals the open end.

Perfect for fall and into the rest of the holiday season!

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Lauren said...

This fabric is perfect! And thank you for the dimensions; I've been wondering about the width.

Barbara@HausDesign said...

It looks beautiful! I love the pop of blue for something a little added to the usual colors for Fall...so pretty.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Thanks for the tute! The fabric is lovely and so is your blog :) Stop by for a blog visit, I did a tute on bolster pillows be sure to check it out if you can.

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

So pretty! The fabric is perfect for fall, and I loved how you styled your table too.

Marcus Design said...

Love this whole tablescape!! And the white gourds are my favorite, I am really falling for those this year :)
Nancy xo

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Very pretty fabric and a great tutorial, Tiffany! The table really looks fabulous.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love that fabric. I am such a sucker for paisley prints. I have a runner from similar fabric except it's black and white.

Love all your gourds :)