Tuesday, March 15

table runner

My dining area needs help. It always has. It has been neglected for far too long. My first move was to buy a table that all three of us could sit at together and enjoy. Thanks to a right place, right time purchase from Goodwill we got a darling IKEA table for an excellent deal. But it wasn't enough. We needed color, we needed something bright. Enter the table runner.

I spotted this fabric and instantly fell in love. The color + pattern combination was perfect.

After buying the fabric I was too impatient to track down a pattern or tutorial, so I kind of went crazy all on my own. I kept telling myself, "This will be so dang cute if it actually works out." And it did.

1. I cut out each piece for the top of the runner. I didn't use a measuring tape, which could easily have caused a problem. Luckily it didn't...this time.

2. With right sides together, I sewed the top pieces to each other. I started with the white blocks at each end, then the strips on each of the long sides.

3. Iron the seams down, towards the center.

4. I cut out the back piece using the measurements of the finished top. With right sides together, sew both long sides and one end side together. Turn inside out, iron end edges in, and sew closed.

Want to hear a big fat secret? The white fabric is from an unused cloth shower curtain from Target. I've been waiting to use it on something good. Though the fabric is hard to de-wrinkle, I love the texture and weight of it for this runner.

I'm still not finished with the dining area, but it sure is nice to have a bit of color greeting us there.


Christine said...

Look at you, you little sewer you! I love this. I too need a runner for my table :) I have never been much of a seamstress...but I want to be :) Looks professional!

Jenny @ An Apple for the Crafter said...

Looks great! You could also frame some more of that fabric or coordinating fabric for a little art work. Or, if you prefer round, put some fabric in an embroidery hoop and hang it on the wall. Quick and easy!

Ruth@GraceLaced said...

HI there! Thanks for visiting over at GraceLaced today...I'm glad to meet you...and I must say, I'm loving your runner. Why I don't just make one for myself, I don't know. Beautiful!


Mary said...

Love the color - love the runner. Such a great idea - I'll probably be a copycat!!! Thanks for sharing.

BECKY said...

way to go! can't wait to see more of your place. the carpet looks nice. (is that weird that I just said that?)

Brandy J. said...

I LOVE your blog and am your newest follower. This project is fantastic. Thanks for the fab inspiration.

Erin said...

Sew cute!! Love the blue with the white. And I also love that it's a reused shower curtain! So great.

(I like you, sometimes don't have the time to look at all the blogs with tablerunner patterns, but if you are in need of one, I really like the runners on modabakeshop.com. They are a good way to use up scraps. As I say this though, I haven't made any from there, haha!)

val said...

I love to jump in feet first too! Sometimes that's the best way to figure things out. Lookf fantastic! Love the color and pattern.

Sara Sheehy said...

Very nice, I love that middle fabric.

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