Homemade Gift #9: Table Runners

This gift is just a nice thing to have around. It’s not a necessity or anything, but it will spruce up a holiday table with little effort. The possibilities are endless with this one as well, choose the fabric that best suits your recipient.

Table Runner

Putting together a table runner is an easy task. While I don’t have tons of experience making them, I did make some for my best friend’s wedding, and for her head table to say the least. Talk about a daunting task!

The one thing that might be helpful to know is what length the table is, but this is not necessary to make a beautiful runner.

The example I have today I made with burlap and lace. You could use a wide range of fabric and trim though. Working with burlap is kind of nasty, it’s stinky and little frays get all over everything, but it’s so darn cute.

Below are pictures of how to easily cut burlap in a straight line. Many of you might already know how to do this, but I just learned last year and it changed my life.

Step 1: Measure your burlap and identify one strand at your desired length. Gently pull it out, bunching the fabric when necessary.

 Once the single strand is out, you’ll have a visible line through your burlap, a straight line!

 Step 2: Measure the other way, and do the same thing, gently pulling the strand completely out of your piece of fabric.
Step 3: Next, cut along those visible lines, and viola! You have a piece of fabric just the right size.

When using burlap, you may want to secure the edges with Fray Check.

 If you’re planning to use a cotton fabric, just measure and cut.

Next, I added lace to these runners. You will want to cut your trim about 1/2 inch longer than your material to fold over and hide the edges.

Again, burlap requires a little extra care. Use a zigzag stitch to secure the trim to the runner.

There you have it. I will say that using burlap and lace made this project pretty simple. I did require the help of my Mother though. 🙂


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