Quick-Sew Table Runner
Start with great home dec fabric.
Let’s face it, during the busy holiday season we need some fast projects like this table runner. All this project takes is a great piece of fabric and some thread.
Choose and prep the fabric
If you aren’t sure where to start, check out decorator fabric stores, or look for used draperies at a resale shop. You don’t need much for this project, and you can always piece a couple of compatible fabrics together. Keep in mind that home dec fabrics are often stiff because of added sizing or other applied finishes.
Prewashing once or twice on the gentle cycle and tumble drying will soften most fabrics while maintaining the body. Since you want to be able to wash the runner after each use, prewashing is a good idea no matter what type of fabric you choose. I recommend washing a test piece of the fabric first—at least a 6-inch square. That way, if the fabric doesn’t respond well to washing, you’ll be able to use it for something else.
How to sew the table runner
There’s no standard size for a runner; it all depends on your table, but be sure you straighten the fabric before you start by pulling a thread or squaring from the selvage. If you need to seam two lengths together, I suggest dividing the second length in half, adding a piece to each end of the full length, rather than having one seam in the center of the runner. This runner starts with a long rectangle and ends up with a point at each end.
1. Hem the long side edges.
If the fabric is somewhat heavy, serge or zigzag the raw edge and turn under 1/2 inch and topstitch in place so you have the least amount of bulk.
2. Create the point
To create the point, fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch across. Press the seam open. Turn right sides out so that the non-sewn corner creates a point. Press the table runner so that it will lay flat.
Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew with a 1/2-inch seam.
Turn inside out, and press the seam open, creating a natural point from the “inside” corner, and finish if necessary. The selvage creates the finish on my runner.
Turn right sides out and press for the perfect point.
3. Set the table and enjoy.
This article by Mary Ray originally was published on CraftStylish.com.
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