I love table runners, I think they add such a nice finished look to any table-top. I love that they change the look of your table to suit the season too!
What I don’t like about table runners is that most of the tutorials out there for them require you to bind them. While I like the look of binding, I don’t like the time it takes…. quick and easy folks…that’s me! I’ve taken the best table runner construction techniques and simplified everything to come up with my own:
(Now that’s a title and a half!)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
> Fabric strips (number and size will depend on your runner size)
> Batting (polyester or cotton or blend – your choice)
> Fabric for backing (size will depend on your runner dimensions)
> Walking foot (not necessary, but makes life easier)
DETERMINE RUNNER SIZE
The size of your runner is based on your table and personal preference. To help you figure it out, you may want to use an already existing table runner, or use some newspaper and cut it to size on the table you will be making the runner for.
STEP 1: Cut Fabric
Backing & Batting: Add one inch to the length and width of the desired finished size of your runner to accommodate seam allowance.
Front Strips: Cut strips that are a bit longer than the width of your runner. You can cut the strips as wide as you like…they can all be the same width, or varying – whatever you like!
TIP: Use a jelly roll – it will eliminate a ton of cutting!
You will need enough strips (plus some extra to accommodate seam allowances) to cover the batting. For my runner I needed twenty-one (21) 2.5″ strips.
STEP 2: Layout your strips
STEP 3: Assemble Runner Top
STEP 5: Top-Stitch & Quilt