Fourth of July Table Runner

Easy to make, no pattern needed.

Step 1. Find four or five different fabrics IMG_0999that go nicely together.

Step 2. Measure the length of your table and add the desired amount to hang over each edge. Width of table + hang over amount (x2). This is your finished length.

Select the preferred width for your table runner. The width and length are your finished dimensions.

Step 3. Cut each piece of fabric to the unfinished size. This is the dimension plus seam allowance. On non-pattern projects, I use 1/2″ seams…math is just easier this way. Remember to add your seam allowance to each side. For example, a middle section may be 10″ by 13″ (13″ is the table runner width in this example). Cut your fabric to 11″ by 14″.

IMG_0990 Step 4. Stitch the inside pieces together, using 1/2″ seam and a large stitch width. You want to end up with one long piece of fabric with outside edges unfinished. Press the seams open or to one side if following step 5 below.

Step 5. (Optional) For a more finished look, top stitch the outside of the fabric along the inside seam lines with a contrasting thread.

Step 6. Cut a piece of fabric for the backing. I used Muslin. You can use any similar weight material, or get creative to make a different pattern on the back side. This will make your table runner reversible.

IMG_0992Step 7. With right sides together, pin the front multi-fabric piece to the back piece on the long edges, leaving a gap to turn the fabric (the length of the gap will depend on the thickness of your fabric). Mark the gap with safety pins so you don’t forget and stitch through it.

Step 8. Make a v-shaped pattern for the ends that drop over the edge of the table. Make sure to include 1/2″ for seam allowance. Place the pattern on top of each fabric end and cut around the edge.

StepIMG_0993 9. Stitch around the entire outside perimeter of the fabric, using a 1/2″ seam allowance and leaving the gap on one long edge open.

Turn the fabric right side out though the gap left open on the edge. Press the seams flat.

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Pin the gap opening together and top stitch along the outside edge, closing the gap with a top stitch. If you prefer not to use top-stitching, hand sew the gap together.

Step 10. Finish the table runner by adding buttons or other embellishments as desired on the top side of the runner.

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I can’t wait to make one of these for Christmas!