Remember this sneak peek from last week? Well the project is finally complete and I’m ready to show it to the world!
I’ve always wanted to have a seasonal display in my house. I think they are so cute and festive and a good way to liven things up a bit when there aren’t any “big” holidays going on. Up until recently, though, I didn’t really have anywhere to put a seasonal display. Then we moved and my mom gifted me with a lovely antique table and suddenly I knew the time was right to make my wishes come true!
I bought a couple vases on the cheap as well as a few other seasonal items, I made the subway art and then the table runner, and it was done. Easy as cake!
I got the fabric during a great sale at JoAnn’s and I made a reversible table runner. When June comes around, I’ll flip the table runner over and swap some of the decorations out for a different look.
Would you like to make a reversible table runner? Or just any table runner, for that matter? It is seriously some of the easiest sewing you’ll can do. I’ll show you how!
Here we go!
First you need to figure out the dimensions you want your table runner to be. I did this by draping my measuring tape across the table to get an idea of how long I wanted to make my table runner. Then I folded some of my fabric until I got the width I liked.
Cut your fabric to the desired length and width, being sure to account for seam allowances (if you want your table runner to be 11 inches wide and you have a half inch seam allowance, then cut the fabric 12 inches wide. The seam allowance will eat up a half an inch on each side, for a total of one inch lost in the final product). If your fabric isn’t long enough to cover your table, cut two (or more) equal-sized pieces to sew together. I wanted my table runner to be about 48 inches long. I forgot to account for seam allowances on the length (oops!) so I cut two pieces that were 24 inches long by 12 inches wide (for some reason I remembered the seam allowance on the width). Luckily I think it still turned out okay despite my forgetfulness.
If you want your runner to come to a point at the ends, cut it to a point at the desired angle. I drew a line (hard to see in the above picture) at the angle I wanted and then cut on the line.
Then to get the same angle on the other three pieces of fabric, I used the scraps from the first cut to use as a guide for cutting the other pieces.
When you’re done, it should look something like you see in the picture above.
If your fabric is already the length you want, skip this step. If you’re sewing pieces together, put the like pieces of fabric right sides together and pin along the top. Sew the pieces together along the top, where you’ve pinned.
Iron those seams open!
Now you have two pieces that look like that.
Pin both pieces right sides together. Sew all the way around, but be sure to leave an opening so that you can turn the table runner.
Iron your seams open again.
Now, for this project, I don’t think it is necessary to trim the entire seam. You do, however, need to trim the corners (where the table runner comes to a point). Cut the fabric as close as you can to the tip without cutting into the thread. I also like to trim the seams on the sides of those corners as well. Trimming the corners makes them nice and crisp when you turn the table runner.
Now turn the table runner right side out. Iron it one more time to get it looking just the way you want.
You want to iron it so your seams are flat and the edges of each side of the fabric aren’t rolled over onto the opposite side.
Now you are going to top-stitch all the way around the table runner, stitching very close to the edge (a quarter inch or maybe even a little less).
By top stitching close to the edge, you’ll stitch that opening shut.
And guess what? You’re done!
Now, if you don’t necessarily want a table runner that is reversible, you can just use a plain white (or other plain-colored) fabric as your back, or you can use the same fabric for both sides. Your choice! You can always use a single piece of fabric that is hemmed all the way around, but personally I think doing it this way is a lot easier and quicker (I hate hemming).
In hindsight, I wonder if I should have chosen a different color-scheme for next month’s table runner, but that’s okay. I really liked both those fabrics!
And now you can use your table runner wherever you like! Happy sewing!