Friday, August 3, 2012

Simple Table Runner--A Tutorial


How about a tutorial for a quick project you can make in just a few hours?!



Last week I showed a little "sneak peek" of a project I wanted to share with you! I'd had this idea in mind for some time, mostly because I had quite a few scraps I wanted to use up for a summer table runner! This runner pattern is perfect for using up left-over jelly roll strips or for simply taming your scrap bin!




Start out by cutting 2 1/2'' x 10 1/2'' strips. For my runner I cut 25 strips which gave me a runner size of 10 1/2" x 501/2" before binding.



Put the strips together in sets of 5. Make sure you like the way the fabrics "go" together.



Sew the 5 strips together using a scant 1/4'' seam. Press the seams open or to one side or the other. I made 5 blocks using 25 strips. You could also use just 15 strips to make a 3 block runner which would make a cute 10 1/2" x 30 1/2" runner (before binding).



Now begin sewing the blocks together, alternating the strip direction each time.


Press well...you want your runner to be ready to quilt.



Next, layer your backing, batting and runner top. Smooth out all the wrinkles and pin using safety pins. I used a pin in every other strip. I machine quilted my runner 1/4'' from each seam. I increased the stitch length before quilting to give it a more "hand-quilted" look.


I really like the look of having the quilting lines going in opposite directions since the blocks are rotated every other block.



After quilting, trim the batting and backing from around your entire runner. I always leave a little extra around the edge so my binding has a "full" look. For my runner I was able to use just 3 strips of 2 1/4'' x the width of my fabric to create my binding. Sew the binding on, and enjoy your new runner!


I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Strip sizes can easily be changed to make different sized runners...use (4) 2 1/2'' x 8 1/2'' strips for each block to make a narrower runner, or use (6) 2 1/2'' x 12 1/2'' strips for each block for a wider runner...the possibilities are endless!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


28 comments:

Deborah said...

Love this....already thinking of a Christmas table runner with this pattern! Thanks!

VickiT said...

Beautiful runner and so simple too. Thank you.

Terriaw said...

I made a table runner just like this last summer, using some Nicey Jane fabrics in greens and yellows. Such a fun and simple design to whip up in no time.

SpartanBabe said...

Love it! Thanks for the tut - I may have to put this in my back pocket for the Dots on Dots Blog Hop in Sept.

trish said...

I love it Sherri! Simple and so cute!
Thank you for sharing with us! Trish xo

Sandy said...

Wonderful! Thanks for the great idea!

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Judith Blinkenberg said...

Really love this line. I think what impresses me the most is your quilting. Those straight 1/4 lines makes the runner pop! Thank you. I will try this.

Cheryl said...

I like instant gratification projects. LOL, you had me at it can be done in a few hours. LOVE THAT!!
thanks for sharing. I need to make one for my entry console.

Anne said...

So simple and yet so stunning. Thanks for sharing! :o)

suemac said...

Very cute and easy peasy.

Catskill Quilter said...

I love your tutorial! The table runner looks fabulous, and changing the fabric would give it a totally different look. I have bookmarked, and thank you for taking the time to put together the great directions and photos!

CJ said...

So cute! I need to make a couple of quick gifts so this is PERFECT!

Kylie said...

Love it Sherri xxx

Bari Jo said...

Thank you! This looks like a sweet way to use up jelly roll left overs! Fun way to get started on some Christmas gifts! :O) Appreciate you sharing this!!

Cheryl said...

I love that line of fabric, the table runner is so pretty. Still trying to find this line of material. The two quilt shops in my area don't carry it. Like the way you quilted it, makes it stand out so. This would make nice Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing the project!

Donna said...

Your tablerunner is so nice! It will make great last minute gifts. Thanks!

Carol said...

Thanks for the tutorial Sherri.

Mama Pea said...

Very pretty. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

trelly said...

Easy and beautiful, thanks!!!

Jenniffier said...

Super cute! Great tutorial

Sharon said...

I have been cutting my scraps into 2 1/2" strips, so this came at a good time. I really like how simple, yet beautiful it is. I am thinking Christmas, too. thanks

Sharon said...

I have been cutting my scraps into 2 1/2" strips, so this came at a good time. I really like how simple, yet beautiful it is. I am thinking Christmas, too. thanks

Michele said...

This tutorial is wonderful Sherri! Great idea :-) Thank you!

quiltersmarito said...

Christmas? Anyone already thinking to Christmas?? That's why I am getting so old, december is too close to august!!

Darlene said...

Very, very cute runner, Sherri.

Mary Deckert said...

Super cute runner Sherri!
A question for you about fuller binding: Do you line up your binding on the quilt edge, or the batting edge? Do you use a quarter inch seam?
I ask because I just entered a quilt in our county fair. I won first prize (yay!) but the judge wrote a note on the back of my card saying my bindings weren't full enough :P
Thanks!

Vania Silva said...

Beautiful and very simple. Thanks for sharing it!