I’ve always wanted to make my own table runner, but it has been on the back burner for a few years now as I get so busy around Christmas with gift makes that I just run out of time to make it, and it just doesn’t seem right making a Christmas runner in the summer! I had a spare evening the other day and some material that was just perfect for it so I decided to get it made now while I had the time and before I assigned the fabric to another gift!
I decided to do a patchwork stripe table runner with an organza overlay on one side. This meant it could be used on either side for a different effect; one just the patchwork stripe pattern, the other a patchwork stripe with a snowflake pattern over the top.
For the fabric I used a fat quarter set from the Craft Cotton Company fabric in stripes and stars along with some of their silver organza with a snowflake pattern. The Reds and greens in this fat quarter set are just perfect for Christmas and the snowflake pattern of the organza just adds a little more Christmas sparkle, I do love a little sparkle at Christmas!
1 – Cut a piece of grease proof paper 130 cm by 26 cm wide, this is the full size of your table runner. If you want your table runner to be wider or longer just increase the width or length. Now cut out one piece of organza from this pattern piece but make sure you leave a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting.
2 – Take the pattern piece and cut into strips of different thicknesses, I chose to do 5, 6, 7, and 8 cm strips.
3 – Cut out the fabric using the pattern strips allowing a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting. You will need to cut two pieces of fabric for each pattern piece so you have one for the front and one for the back.
4 – Sew all of the front strips together length ways, first placing the first two pieces right side together and sewing down the long edge, then placing each subsequent piece right sides together with the previous piece and sewing down the long edge. Then repeat for the back.
6 – Turn the runner right way around and hand sew the unsewn edge closed with a slip stitch.
You could make this as long or as wide as you want, all you need to do is make your pattern wider or longer than what I have done.
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