Thursday, March 31, 2011

DIY: How to sew a table runner with one yard of fabric

A table runner using one yard of fabric? You betcha. (That's Minnesotan for yes.)

I'll show you how to showcase that one little yard of home dec fabric you just had to have.  Or maybe that's just me? I fall in love with these home dec fabrics but don't always have a clear vision as to how I'll use them.  I lucked out here as the orange and blue and brown in the runner pull together the colors in my family room and kitchen.

You'll also need some flat trim or 2" wide fabric strips.

Oh, and if you want to make the runner reversible you'll need about a half yard of a contrast fabric.

The finished size is about 15-1/2" x 65".

Let's get started.

Supplies needed:
  • One yard 54”wide woven fabric
  • One-half yard contrast fabric – or enough to cut 2 pieces 16”x 17”each
  • Three yards 2”wide trim or fabric
  • Thread
  • Hand sewing needle
Main fabric - follow the handy-dandy layout guide I've included. 
  • Cut 1 – 36”x 17”main fabric (A)
  • Cut 6 – 5”x 17” main fabric(B, C, D, E, F, G)
Reverse side:
  • Cut 1 – 36”x 17”main fabric (H)
  • Cut 2 – 16”x 17” contrast fabric (I and J)
Trim or fabric inserts:
  •  Cut 6 pieces of trim or fabric each 2” x 6” long
Main Fabric Layout for Table Runner
Sew the table runner top:

Create the top of the table runner by sewing the trim and fabric pieces together as follows. All
seams are 1/2”.
Fabric sewing order for main fabrics

  • Pin trim to one 17”side of fabric A right sides together. Sew.
  • Pin fabric B to the trim right sides together. Sew.
  • Pin trim to fabric C right sides together. Sew.
  • Pin fabric D to trim right sides together. Sew
  • Pin trim to the other 17” side of fabric A right sides together. Sew.
  • Pin fabric E to trim right sides together. Sew.
  • Pin trim to fabric F right sides together. Sew.
  • Pin fabric G to trim right sides together. Sew.
  • Press all seams towards the fabric. 
Press seams towards the main fabric of the runner
(Look a bit familiar? This is the step where I melted some of the trim - see don't sew while sleepy reason three)

Right side of runner with inserted trim

Sew the table runner back:
  • Pin fabric I to one 17”side of fabric H right sides together. Sew.
  • Pin fabric J to the other 17”side of fabric H right sides together Sew.
Fabric sewing order for reverse side of table runner

Contrast fabric sewn to reverse side of runner
  • Pin runner front to runner back right sides together.
  • Sew along all four edges using a ½”seam.
  • Leave about 8"open.
  • Turn right sides out through the 8" opening.
  • Press.
  • Slip stitch opening closed.

Two runners in just a few hours.
Runner number one with one main fabric and beaded trim inserts

Runner number two with contrast fabric ends. 
When I flipped the runner over to photograph the reverse side I left it on that side and walked away. Hubby entered the room and wondered where the runner with the beads was as he "liked that one better".  I casually flipped the runner over while he watched. Hee! Hee!

Bonus tip:

Add piping or another trim along all four edges if you want to eliminate the contrast fabric peeking out at the edges.

Hope you enjoy sewing this runner.

Stay tuned.  I've been on a big home dec kick lately as we slowly update our family and dining rooms so more DIY projects will likely find their way to this blog.

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  1. Very nice tutorial, thanks! I'll have to ponder where I can use a table runner, our dining table is round, so I usually use placemants.

  2. Love it! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  3. Nice work thanks for the tips. By the way check out my blog at Please follow

  4. Anonymous10:12 PM

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. looks great! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)

  6. I love the tutorial, however, I was looking at cutting the trim and you say to cute 6 pieces 2" by 6"...only 6" long? Wouldn't you want the trim to be the same length as the fabric - 17"?

    Thanks for the clarification.




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