I love fall fabrics and when I saw the idea for a quilted table runner, I knew it was the perfect way to incorporate some into my home.
I first saw this idea on Crap I’ve Made, where Char made a beautiful table runner for Ucreate’s “Create With Me.” “Create With Me” has a tutorial for a project every month and they are usually so fun! I was a little late with this runner, but better late than never!
The tutorial came from Diary of a Quilter. Amy was fantastic to follow, and I do love how it turned out. She also has binding instructions that were easy to follow as well. Hers is absolutely beautiful!
When I saw Awesome by Sandy Gervais for Moda, I loved it and wanted to make something with it. When I saw this table runner, I knew this fabric would be perfect. I am horrible with decisions so having complementing fabrics in a line is very comforting for me! All the fabric I used came from this line.
I love to try these tutorials out and then share my great wisdom… haha. Well I always make mistakes and don’t think ahead, so after wards I’ve gained wisdom, right? If it’s not called wisdom, at least I hope it will help if you want to try this project out.
I am planning on doing this again with some fun Christmas fabric, 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda to be exact, and here are the changes I am going to make when I go about this table runner.
1. When you cut the strips, plan on 1/2″ of the stripe disappearing after sewing. So if you want a 1″ strip, cut out 1 1/2″ strips. I wanted 3/4″ strips, cut them at 3/4″, and ended up with much smaller strips!
2. The smaller the strips are, the more work it is. Sounds simple, but I just didn’t think about it. Combine this with shrinking strips, and this project took a little bit longer than I expected. For my Christmas table runner, I plan on having strips be 1 1/4″ (finished) or larger.
3. Cut strips length wise to be longer than your backing fabric. I planned on 9″ width wise and ended up with much shorter because some of my strips were less than 9″. It’s always better to cut off the excess from the strips than not having the strip be long enough and have to cut 1″ off the entire side. I ended up cutting of about 1″ on both sides leaving me with about 7″ width table runner.
Even with some mistakes, I think the table runner turned out wonderful. It is one of those projects, you really can’t mess up. If you would like to see other examples of this table runner, Ucreate has a bunch posted from the participants of August’s “Create With Me.”
This is a great project to use up scraps, but if you’re like me and are too scared to put different colors together, then check out The Ribbon Retreat’s awesome fabric selection. I LOVE how you can see the different pieces of fabric all in one picture and you can purchase them all on the same page. The Ribbon Retreat really makes selection and purchasing fabric so easy!
**If you aren’t sure how to get to the tutorial I used, all words that are enlarged and the color pink are links to tutorials or pages where you can view instructions or pictures of the projects I am discussing.**