August 20, 2010

Table Runner (from Sarah at The Pumpkin Patch)

Hello everyone!!  I'm so excited to be posting here at Sugar Bee: Craft Edition!  Isn't this the best blog?  Thanks Mandy for giving me this opportunity!

Before we get crafty, I thought I would take a quick minute to introduce myself.  My name is Sarah and I make my home over at The Pumpkin Patch.  I am a stay at home mom to four little pumpkins and do the best I can to make my home a happy place to be.  We had all four kids in 4.5 years, so it gets a little crazy at our house, but that's the way we like it.
I would love for you to come on over to The Pumpkin Patch and take a peek.  I share kid friendly craft ideas, before and after photos of our home, tutorials on all sorts of things, inspirational quotes, and tasty recipes.  I host a Messy Monday and a Transform Tuesday linky party and I also have an etsy store where I sell my wares, so check it out too!  There really is something for everyone!


 OK.  Now lets get down to business.  I decided I wanted to make a table runner with this fabric.  It was on sale at JoAnn's, so I bought what was left.  If you want to see what else I did with it, click here.


Supplies


  • 2.5 yards of a pretty fabric of your choice (you will have enough left over to make some pillows or maybe a matching valance)

  • 2.5 yards of a backing material.  I usually use a white sheet.


  • scissors


  • sewing machine


  • straight pins


  • iron and ironing board
1.  First, you have to measure your table and figure out what kind of table runner you want.  My table is 36 in. by 66 in.  So I decided I wanted my runner to be 16 in. by 76 in.  Making sure to leave room for a seam allowance, I cut my fabric to 17in. by 77 in.

2.  If there is a pattern to your fabric, you may need to cut it down the middle instead of just starting at one edge.  I wanted to main swirly patter to go down the center, so I cut my fabric with that in mind.  You will also need a backing material.  I use sheets for these types of projects.  They are big and cheap and work great.  Cut your backing material the same size.


 3.  You also need to decide if you want a straight end or a pointed end.  I decided on a straight end because our table has seen better days and I wanted to cover it up.
4.  Next you will need to serge (or zig-zag) the edges of both pieces of fabric and pin them together.  Remember to pin them with right sides facing each other.
5.  After you have it pinned, sew it together.  Make sure to leave an opening so you can flip it right side out.
6.  Next you will want to clip your corners and iron the seam open.  You can see that once you clip the corners the bulk is out of the way and it will flip right side out with no problems.
7.  Flip it and iron it again.  Pin right next to the edge to hold it down and then topstich right next to the edge.  This will sew up the hole that you left to flip it through.
And there you have it!  A beautiful table runner that was a cinch to make! 

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

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