Posts tagged ‘table runner’

June 14, 2013

chevron runner

Take Dad’s worn out dress shirts & create a spiffy table runner!

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  • cut a long piece of material to fit table size (shown:  6′ x 14″ thrift shop teal corduroy)
  • cut the shirt fabric into parallelograms (the shape needs to be exact, but vary the orientation of the shirt material stripe or plaid)
  • make parallelograms the same width per zig zag across (4 parallelograms per zig zag in featured runner)

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  • place long material right side down
  • cut equal size fusible webbing & put on top of wrong side
  • place fabrics in chevron style
  • for a change in texture, add a solid corduroy (or linen, velvet, etc.) piece here & there

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Once the pattern is in place start ironing everything down.  The pieces will need to be adjusted here & there, so pay attention!  Since rectangles of corduroy were used in the sample, extra fusible webbing was cut & ironed on as needed.  Last, trim the edges with a straight edge & rotary cutter.

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January 4, 2012

ribbon runner

A $15 table runner using thrift store fabric finds & 50% off Hobby Lobby ribbon:

A charcoal grey background makes the ribbon colors pop, & the variety of sparkle, ric-rac, ribbon combos create interest.  Supplies:

  • fabric for 13 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2 foot long finished runner
  • eleven different, coordinating ribbons
  • 1/2″ wide iron-on adhesive
  • pins

The fabric was pieced together to make the length.  Seams were hidden by ribbon on the top surface.


  1. cut ribbon into 15 1/2″ strips & figure out placement
  2. use iron-on adhesive to secure placement, top-stitch
  3. once the top & back are finished, sew right sides together on both long sides & one end
  4. turn right side out, tuck ends inside & top-stitch all around

The best part, besides the completed project, is picking out the ribbon!  Have fun!


“Don’t think.  Thinking is the enemy of creativity.  It’s self-conscious, & anything self-conscious is lousy.  You can’t try to do things.  You simply must do things.”  ~ Ray Bradbury

October 27, 2011

spider runner

No live or dead spiders were actually used for the following project. 

Left-over formal black glittery velvet found at a thrift store transformed into a table runner!  The geometric pattern pieced together made a continuous design on the entire piece.  Very spideresque – eh?  Random pieces of black cotton were used for the backing & a zig-zag top-stitch sewed all around the perimeter.

The runner can also be used for New Year’s or “dark” birthdays…  But for Halloween, add web-like accessories like this silver bowl (yes, thrift shop purchase!):

Now, I need to enlist a crafty kid to make some egg carton spiders to crawl about…

Spiders Made Out of Egg Cartons


August 5, 2011

party runner

One could use junky dollar store crepe paper items, or…select unique wrapping or craft paper to create special decorations.  

The runner pictured was made with a shiny silver paper made by Hallmark.  Purchasing high quality paper is worth the price as it is durable & has a grid on the reverse for perfectly straight lines.  Other tips:

  • measure the table surfaces before making the decorations
  • use the invitation for coordinating design
  • try different materials – the vines pictured are creamy vinyl, hearts a red sparkly vinyl, orange is craft paper
  • rubber cement = bumpless finish
  • roll the runner on a cardboard tube for transporting & storage
  • incorporate fresh flowers on party day…imagine white mums & orange roses in pictured tulip vases


July 4, 2011

freedom runner

Why table runners work:

  • easy to make
  • inexpensive
  • adds enough decoration without overwhelming
  • messy eaters can eat on un-runner sides
  • length versatility (ie. functions with table expanded as well)
  • creative opportunities abound


  1. figure out length & width prior to fabric shopping
  2. fabrics – machine washable is best, consider using a different fabric for reverse (runner shown has navy with small white star print on backside)
  3. after pre-washing, cut to size (piecing might be necessary), sew right sides together leaving a 5″ opening (reinforce with back-stitching on each side of opening), then turn right side out
  4. tuck in the seams on the opening, iron, top stitch all around perimeter (use zig zag or other fancy stitches if desired)
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