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Maybe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 4: Sew the sides opposite the fold together, creating a long tube.
Step 5: Sew one end together.
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.
Step 7: Flip the fabric so that the right sides are facing out, taking care to press out the corners as flat as possible.
Step 8: Lay runner out and iron flat.
Step 9: Fold unsewn end in so that raw edges are hidden. Iron flat.
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).
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.