Ten Minute Table Runner
Sometimes when sewing I end up buying just a little extra fabric for a project, a quarter or a third of a yard in case I make a mistake. Luckily I make sewing mistakes less and less these days and end up with these small pieces often left over, across the whole width of the fabric. They are too small to do much with, but their long and thin nature makes them perfect for a table runner.
How to sew a ten minute table runner
What You Need:
- 1/4 yard of your feature fabric
- 1/3 yard of the backing/contrast fabric
- optional – two pretty buttons or other embellishment
We’ll be using two pieces of fabric that are cut the width of the fabric from the bolt. If one is wider than the other, trim the two so they are of equal widths. Mine are 44 inches wide. I get my fabric from Fabric.com. With right sides together, pin then sew the long edges together with a 1/4 inch seam. Turn the tube the right way out, and take it to your ironing board. Lay the fabric out flat with the feature fabric upper most and center it so the borders of the contrast fabric are equal on each side. Press it neatly. Trim the short edges even and square if you need to. Fold the tube in half length-ways with the backing fabric facing inwards. Sew along the short end with a 1/2 inch seam, then repeat for the other end. Press the seams open. Turn these sewn ends inside out, and hey presto, you get a neat triangle. Trimming at the inside of the point might help it have a crisper point. Press again. You could choose to add some embellishment, ribbon or applique if you liked. I simply added a couple of matching buttons. These were quick to add too – hand-stitching isn’t really for me, so I sewed the buttons on by machine. If you’ve not done this before, here’s a quick tutorial on sewing buttons with your sewing machine. Want it wider? Then instead of the 1/4 and 1/3rd of a yard, simply use a 1/3rd and a 1/2 of a yard for a wider runner. Now that you know how to make the ten minute table runner, I’m thinking this would be the perfect way to create a seasonal display for Christmas, Fall, Halloween, Valentines or any special occasion. It only uses a small amount of fabric and a small amount of your time to create a big impact.
Do you have any fabric remnants which would be perfect for this project?