Holiday Strip Table Runner

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Table runners are a must have for every holiday! Use our awesome Holiday Strip Table Runner tutorial to create one of your very own with your favorite holiday or seasonal fabrics. Click Read More to see how to make one this holiday season!


Hi Everyone!! I am Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts and I’m excited to be stopping by for the holiday season.

I have 4 kiddos and love to craft and blog (obviously!) – I feel like if I can do something, then you can too!! Here’s the family picture, Christmas style:

I love all the super cute Christmas Fabric out there and thought it would be perfect for a Holiday Strip Table Runner because that craft can showcase multiple fabrics.

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

First, you’ll need some coordinating holiday fabrics. You’ve heard me rave before about the Little Fatties at The Ribbon Retreat – they are packs of coordinated fabric from the same line – they take out all the guess work. I highly recommend them!! Total you will only need one Little Fattie fabric pack for the top of this project.

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I used Moda Blitzen and Riley Blake Alpine Wonderland and mixed the packs, using several fabrics from each. A glimpse of some of the amazing fabrics…

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I like to iron all my fabric before I start a project. After that, cut the fabric into strips. How many you need will depend on how long of a table runner you want. I chose to cut the strips at varying widths – 2, 3, 4, or 5 inches, to add interest. You could make them all the same if you want. This project has so many options to customize it and make it unique. I recommend a rotary cutter for cutting strips, but you can always use regular scissors as well.

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

After you have all the strips cut, lay them out to see which order you prefer. (You can tell I miscut 2 strips, longer than the rest – oops!). Then stack your strips in the order you want and head to the sewing machine.

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Working through your stack, you will sew the strips with right sides together.

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

After they are all sewn together, you can trim up the edges to make them straight. Then cut a piece of fabric for the back that is about 1 inch bigger all the way around than the top that you just pieced. I used this fun vintage holiday tablecloth I had in my stash from a yard sale:

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

You will want to make a “quilt sandwich”.Lay out the backing piece, right side down. Then a piece of batting.Then the top piece, right side up:

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now for the quilting part. If you’re not a quilter, don’t worry! Quilting just means sewing layers together. Pick up that sandwich and sew using the pieced strip edges as guides. This quilts the top to the bottom.

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I sewed a line of stitches about 1/4 inch on either side of the seam, like shown, for every seam on the front of the runner:

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

After all the quilting is done, trim up all along the edges to make sure everything is straight and nicely edged.

Now it’s time to add some binding. I used double-sided bias tape that I made, but you can also easily buy the prepackaged version. I am no pro when it comes to binding, but this is how I do it.I open up one side, place the raw edge of the binding against the raw edge of the runner (on the back side), then sew down the crease in the binding, like so:

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

After sewing all the way around, you flip your table runner over to the right side and fold the bias tape back like it’s supposed to go. Then you sew carefully along the folded edge, like so:

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And that’s it! This is a fun afternoon project, even for a beginner sewer!!

HOLIDAY Strip Table Runner Tutorial - Use lots of fun fabrics to create fun table runner, perfect for any holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Hope to see you over at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com!


Thank you Mandy! I absolutely LOVE this table runner and have one similar to it for Fall. The number of fabrics you can use is up to you and it will turn out beautiful!

Make sure to browse our Christmas fabrics to make your own Holiday Strip Table Runner. And if it’s not Christmas, there are so many beautiful fabrics that can make any holiday fun.

Mandy is an amazing crafter and blogger and she is so sweet! You will love Sugar Bee Crafts, so make sure to get over there and say hello.

Happy Christmas crafting!!!

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2 Comments

  1. Terri Herman
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Cute! I love to sew and always have plenty of scraps from quilts. This would be a great way to use them. I made my son and daughter quilts for college with their school colors. Now I can make a table runner with the scraps! Thanks so much for the idea and info.

  2. Melissa Q.
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    These are really cute table runners! I remember when I moved into a condo, how much I invested in small and simple home accessories like this one.

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