I have a fun table runner tutorial that will only take you 1/2 day to complete – aren’t those the best kind of projects?!?! Even better, it uses a charm pack so there is no work trying to coordinate fabrics! Grab yourself a charm pack and some nice quality linen and let’s get started…
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 Charm Pack (21 pieces)
- 3/4* yard linen
- 3/4* yard coordinating quilting cotton (for the backing)
- 3/4* yard batting (polyester, wool or cotton)
- Coordinating thread colors
*Note: You will not need all 3/4 yardage – but I like to purchase a little extra – “just in case”.
Start by choosing 3 sets of 7 charm pack squares. I choose to group them by colorway, but it’s totally up to you! Stack them up and cut off 2″. Set aside the 2″ pieces – you are only going to use the 3″ x 5″ pieces right now.
Cut 3 strips of linen that measure 23″ x 5″. Cut ONE of these three strips in half so it measures 11.5 x 5″
Cut 2 strips of linen that measure 2.25″ x 40″
Cut 1 piece of backing fabric that measures 18″ x 40″
Cut 1 piece of batting that measures 20″ x 42″ (I always cut this larger for easy assembly and sewing, then cut off the excess before turning)
Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew each set of 7 together (along the 5″ side). Once you have those assembled, grab your 4 strips of linen (2 long, 2 short) and place them like so… Sew the long strips together making 3 long strips. Press all seams allowances flat. Now sew these 3 strips together along the long sides making one large rectangle. Press. Place the two thin linen strips that are left (2.5 x 40″) on either side of your runner. Sew and press. Your table runner is now ready for appliqué!
Grab those 2″ x 5″ pieces you set aside earlier. Randomly place some of them on the linen strips – put them where you like them – this is completely personal preference. I chose to evenly place 2 pieces on each 25″ linen strip and 1 on each 11.5 inch strip. Once you find an arrangement that is pleasing to you, take note of where they are and remove them.
Once the rectangles are sewn in place, you now need to cut away some of the linen to reveal them. Take your time doing this – you do not want to mess up at this point! Grab the sewn square with your left hand (right hand if a lefty) and pinch it away from the linen. Cut a small slit in the linen (at the center of the stitching) with your other hand (on the right side of the fabric). This will prevent you from cutting through your appliqué piece.
Carefully cut away the center rectangle of linen revealing the fabric underneath. You will want to leave about 1/4″ of linen on the inside of the seam line.
Time to put this together. Place your backing fabric face down on top of your appliquéd runner. Sew around the perimeter using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave an opening about 4″ long to turn. Trim off any excess seam allowance and clip the corners. Turn right side out and press.
Finish by using a “stitch in the ditch” technique and sew down each of long seam lines.
And that’s it!