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How to Make a Fabric Table Runner

DIY Fabric Table Runner | Handmade Fabric Table Runner | Table Runner Ideas | DIY No Sew Table Runner | Easy Home DIY ProjectMaybe it’s because my birthday is in March that I’ve got parties on the brain.  Last week I shared how to make paper garlands, a DiY project I did for my dear friend’s daisy-themed 40th birthday party.  This week I am going to show you how to make the fabric table runners we used to decorate the tables.

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This is a very easy project but you will need a sewing machine, as well as thread, iron & ironing board (starch helps too), and a length of fabric at least 20 inches longer than the length of the table you want to make the runner for.

DIY Fabric Table Runner | Handmade Fabric Table Runner | Table Runner Ideas | DIY No Sew Table Runner | Easy Home DIY Project

What I love about this project is that while these table runners add a great pop of color to any party setting (and you can make them match any color scheme), they are infinitely reusable and look great after the party too.

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Step 1: Measure your table lengthwise (if that is the way you want your runner to go), the cut a length of fabric approximately 20 inches longer.  I used a pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying, but all the raw edges will be hidden, so it is not essential.

DIY Fabric Table Runner | Handmade Fabric Table Runner | Table Runner Ideas | DIY No Sew Table Runner | Easy Home DIY Project

Step 2: Lay out the fabric flat, then fold over a third of the fabric lengthwise.  Line it up so that it is parallel to the edge, then cut using edge as a guide.  You can save the excess third to make another runner or use it for other craft projects.

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Step 3: Fold the fabric in half lengthwise so that the right sides are facing each other.  Starch and iron the whole piece, ironing the fold flat.

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Step 4: Sew the sides opposite the fold together, creating a long tube.

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Step 5: Sew one end together.

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Step 6: Clip the corners of the sewn end.  This will help prevent the excess fabric from bunching up when you turn it inside out.

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Step 7: Flip the fabric so that the right sides are facing out, taking care to press out the corners as flat as possible.

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Step 8: Lay runner out and iron flat.

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Step 9: Fold unsewn end in so that raw edges are hidden.  Iron flat.

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Step 10: Sew around all edges leaving a 3/4-1″ margin, depending on desired look.  You can sew in one continuous rectangle or do four intersecting lines (like below).

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I bought the fabric (it was in the quilting section) on sale at JoAnn’s for $4 a yard.  I bought 7 yards, which made 4 runners of varying sizes, making the price per runner about $7 each.

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DIY Fabric Table Runner | Handmade Fabric Table Runner | Table Runner Ideas | DIY No Sew Table Runner | Easy Home DIY Project

14 Comments

  1. Tanya
    March 15 at 02:40PM

    Happy birthday, fellow March baby! (Mine was Sunday 🙂 I love the tutorial and the fact that you made these for a cost of about $7 each for customized party decor. Great ideas!

    • Ruth
      March 15 at 10:44PM

      Thanks Tanya!

  2. March 15 at 08:37PM

    Awesome tutorial! I think I’ll make a few of these for myself. I don’t necessarily like having a full tablecloth… so making a few different table runners may be just the answer for me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ruth
      March 15 at 10:44PM

      If you do make some, be sure to post a picture on the LWSL facebook page so I can see them! 🙂

  3. March 21 at 08:41PM

    These are great and you make it look so easy! I’m especially grateful for the tip towards the end…the folding the ends inward then sewing – duh! I’ve done a few projects and gotten to that point, wondering how to get the best “clean” look. Ahem. THANK YOU!!! 🙂

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