At the beginning of October I made some new fall pillowcases for my living room. To go with those I thought it would be fun to have a table runner for the dining room that matched.
I started with a length of burlap that was about 16″ wide. I moved it back and forth on the table until I liked the length on one side. Then I just trimmed the opposite side to match the overhang.
I decided to finish the edges similar to binding a quilt. I cut strips of fabric 4.5″ x 16″ long and then sewed 4 together to make a chain that was a little longer than the runner. I then folded the long strip in half and sewed the raw edges along the edge of the burlap runner with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
From there I ironed the binding away from the runner.
Then I folded it over the back side and pinned it in place. To keep it in place I just sewed close to the seam fold.
To embellish the runner I wanted to add some leaves similar to the pillow cases. Since I wanted to use my silhouette machine I cut several 8×11 rectangles of fusible interfacing.
Then I fused each piece of interfacing to the back side of one of the fabrics I wanted to use.
I laid out all the leaves on the runner and moved them around until I liked where they were placed. Once I liked where everything was I just had to iron them on.
Since these were so small and I’m not that crazy I decided to forgo any sort of stitching around the leave shapes.
It took me just a few hours to make this and I’m pretty happy with the results.
It’s nice to have a little color and pattern on top the table.
Does anyone else fill the need to decorate a table that you never use?