Wednesday, April 20, 2011

DIY Table Runner

When browsing for fabrics to highlight in a post on how to mix and match fabrics, I came across the Garden Envy jacquard. Love. I knew I had to find a way to use it in my dining room project! So during a recent sale I placed an order for the fabric, along with the solid Brandywine Duck in Natural, to make a table runner.



Once the fabric arrived all the needed supplies were gathered: fabric marker, measuring stick, scissors, pins, thread, as well as the sewing machine and iron. 

(Side note: when we moved from house 1 to house 2, the sewing machine apparently got lost. It wasn't until moving to house 3, about three years later, did it surface from underneath a pile of boxes that never got unpacked! I'm now wondering how I survived and decorated house 2. Hum, I think I did borrow my mom's machine for awhile...)


To begin, the selvage was cut from the length of fabric. These edges can sometimes be more tightly woven than the body of the fabric, and if they are not cut away the resulting seams can end up looking "puckered". We don't want puckered!


Next the center point of the print to be showcased down the center of the runner was determined. As I wanted the finished runner to measure 27 inches across, I measured 13.5 inches out from the desired center point of the print in each direction. 

(This is the only tricky part, when making a runner from a print! Each print is different and you'll have to just decide what area of the print will look best running down the center of the runner.)


Afterwards an additional inch was added for seam allowances on each side, for a total cut width of 29 inches. 


Once the jacquard fabric was cut to size, it was then placed over the fabric to become the underside of the runner, with the right sides facing together. Next the lining was cut by simply cutting around the edges of the jacquard fabric.


Before moving the two layers of fabric, the edges were pinned together at about 7 to 8 inch intervals.


Next the fabrics were sewn together, leaving an approximately 10 inch opening to allow the runner to be turned right-side out.


{Trimming the corners helps ensure nice flat corners.}


And in the last steps, the runner was turned right-side out...


...the seams pressed and the opening slip stitched closed.


I love the colors the runner introduces to the table area, picking up on hues seen in the adjacent spaces.


What a wonderful spot to set up for a party.
{Or for Easter...or simply to bring in a spot of pretty any day of the week!}

52 comments :

  1. Gorgeous job...wish I could sew!! Take care, Caroline

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  2. So pretty! I love the fabric you chose. Is that present for me? I think it is...

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  3. Beautiful runner. The colors are so pretty. Might have to bust out the ol' sewing machine and find me some mad sewing skills.

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  4. Oh Janell, it's beautiful! I Love it!

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  5. Love the table runner! Table runners are a perfect option for me since I don't really care for table cloths.
    Chic Modern Vintage

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  6. Love the colors, at great addition to your lovely dining room!

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  7. With a runner so colorful you can use many different colored napkins at your place settings.
    Very pretty!

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  8. You made this look so easy...love your fabric selection..so fresh and spring and summer approrpriate. Very elegant. Love it! Can't wait to see it in the room!

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  9. Beautifule runner Janell! This runner project has been on my to-do list, thanks for another great tutorial. You do all of the thinking for me!
    Laura

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  10. fabulous!..I can't sew to ave my soul but I'm going to try this...it's basically straight sewing down the length of each of the sides...it looks great on your table..
    maureen
    p.s. looking forward to House of Fifty.. :)

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  11. I like the fact that you kept this runner wide. It looks great on the table.

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  12. Love it hope it will be your next giveaways! :>

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  13. What a gorgeous fabric, Janell! It made for a really nice runner.

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  14. How pretty! Love your fabric choice especially for Easter dinner!

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  15. Janell, it's so lovely!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. It's a lovely print..i like the width of the runner..wish i could sew..great job, janell..have a lovely day..xx meenal

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  17. That fabric is beautiful! Love the idea of bringing in your color through the runner--so easy to change later.

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  18. That fabric is get of of town pretty Janell!!! Is that the same fabric from the picture with bangles? I absolutely love the runner!!

    I need to email you about the last pic...

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  19. Such a wonderful fabric choice for the runner. Love it!

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  20. Janell, it always amazes me how you post about something that I'm thinking of!! I have been searching hi and lo for a table runner!! They are hard to find...cute ones anyway :) So, now I can make one...duh! Question: did you wash the material first so when the kiddos (or a grown-up) gets food on it - it can be washed? spot cleaned? or is this particular fabric dry clean only? Just wondering since I may order it...your taste is perfect:) Thanks, sorry for the long post...Julie

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  21. Very pretty fabric, Janell! I wish I can sew.

    Have a nice day!

    Jessie

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  22. Julie B., I did not wash it, I wasn't certain it would look so great afterwards. However, looking at the material details online I saw CC said this: "Soil and stain resistant finishes can be applied to protect the fabric face and allow easier spot removal." So that is what I did. Eventually I'm sure it will find its way to the dry cleaner, but small spills will probably be able to be cleaned up fairly easily.

    Great question! Janell

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  23. That fabric even brings in the color of the blue lamp. So pretty. Such a beautiful gift!!

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  24. What an awesome and easy to follow tutorial! I just received my first sewing machine for a bridal shower present and this might move to the top of the list of sewing "to-do's"!

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  25. Gorgeous runner, Janell, you always come up with the best projects!

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  26. Hi Janell, what a perfect touch on your new dining table. I needed you a week ago to make my Easter runner. I had it made since I do not sew very well. In fact I did a post today on the process I go through to decide what I want for a Holiday table and I talk about figuring the size of my runner too. Great minds think alike. Have a super day sweetie, Your runner looks GREAT!!! Kathysue

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  27. That is one of the prettiest table runners I've ever seen! You are so talented. :)

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  28. It looks fabulous, such gorgeous fabric. Hugs, marty

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  29. Lovely! Funnily, a runner was on my to-do list for a while, and somehow slipped off it....

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  30. I love the fabric choice! Beautiful!
    Ceri
    www.cooper-grey.com

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  31. Hi been lurking for a while. Love, love, love the pattern of the fabric. It looks beautiful against the grain of the wood.

    Thought I share a hint. If want your pressed and finished edges to lay super flat, trim the raw edges of the fabric after you sew your seams. Trim one raw edge slightly shorter than the other so that the edges are no longer the same length. It softens the edge left by the raw ends, and you will see less of a line next to the finished edge after you turn your fabric right side out and press.

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  32. Wow, I love that fabric. I really have to learn how to sew, so I can attempt some of these projects.

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  33. lizgizzy...perfect and important tip! Thanks for sharing! Janell

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  34. Great fabric choice! By keeping the rest of the surroundings fairly neutral it allows this pretty pattern to shine.

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  35. That beautiful fabric turns a simple-to-do project into a statement piece. Love the finished runner. That fabric is wonderful. It would work in my space too!!

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  36. Ah.. you are so talented! It looks lovely ;)

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  37. So pretty! Love that fabric....

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  38. That runner is really gorgeous, Janell. Stunning fabric! It looks pretty with your newly upholstered bench and also has a hint of the blue as is in your lamp that I love.

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  39. Very pretty and with just straight line sewing required this would be a simple afternoon project.

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  40. GORGEOUS! When we bought this fabric I always envisioned it on a settee, but the table runner is genius. You have a best ideas!
    Lori

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  41. See! Yet another thing you can sell in your store!

    Beautiful!

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  42. Funny Monika, you know...a store would about put me over the edge!! I had once when I was in fashion and have often thought it would be great to have one again, but certainly not now!!

    Janell

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  43. I absolutely love the idea of a DIY table runner. There are so many cute fabrics out there.

    I don't know how to sew, but I created a no sew table runner for my thanksgiving table setting, check it out in this post: http://everyonelovesanaijababe.blogspot.com/2010/12/thanks-for-memories.html

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  44. You have impeccable style! Well done! I can't wait for the room reveal!!

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  45. Lovely! Barbara at Hodge Podge recommended your site to me for a light-painting tutorial, and now I've found so much more. The runner looks fantastic, and that fabric is very versatile for different seasons.

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  46. Love the finished product! And seemingly so simple...I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing ;)

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  47. I made a few runners for my son's birthday, thanks to your wonderfully concise and easy to follow tutorial. I know that its not rocket science, but I needed someone to hold my hand! I love that you take the time to document and share these. Thanks so much!

    http://hellodesignmeetlife.com/2011/06/14/benjamins-first-birthday/

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