Hello and happy Friday! Welcome to part two of the Christmas Table Runner tutorial I shared last Friday. In last week’s posts I gave directions for the star blocks and for cutting out the rest of the pieces needed for the runner. This week, you’ll be able to quickly put everything together! This is such a fast and fun project that you could easily make several, assembly-line style, for gifts! Happy quilting!
I had so much fun making this Christmas table runner! And it’s a great project because it uses smaller pieces of fabric–perfect for using scraps. The fabrics I used are all from the Christmas Figs collection by Fig Tree & Company for Moda. Find the fabric here. Last week you should have made 1 large star block and the four star blocks you see pictured here. I also gave cutting directions for the background squares you see next to the small star blocks, and the two sashing pieces between the large and small stars. I gave fabric requirements for the inner and outer borders, backing, batting, and binding. Find last week’s post here if you need to double check anything, or if you are new here and want to make the runner.
The photo above should give you a good idea of how to put everything together. Note that the small block/background squares lay outs are just a bit different.
Create the Christmas Table Runner Center:
- Sew each small star block to a background square as shown in the photo above. Press towards the background fabric squares.
- Sew the small star background square units together to make two four-patch units. Note placement as above.
- Next, sew each small star/background square unit to a sashing rectangle. Press seams toward the sashing rectangles.
- Sew the large star in the middle of the two sashing rectangles. Press seams toward the sashing rectangles.
Now you have the runner center put together! Next, add the inner and outer borders.
Add the Inner and Outer Borders to the Christmas Table Runner:
- Cut two strips 1 ½″ x 40″ from the inner border fabric. You will cut one side inner border rectangle and one top/bottom inner border rectangle from each strip.
- Cut two inner border rectangles 1 ½″ x 8 ½″ and add them to the left and right sides of the runner center. Press seams towards the inner borders.
- Cut two inner border rectangles 1 ½″ x 28 ½″ and add them to the top and bottom of the table runner center.
- Cut three strips 2 ½″ x 40″ from the outer border fabric.
- From one strip, cut the two side outer border rectangles at 2 ½″ x 10 ½″. Sew these to either side of the runner and press out towards the outer border rectangles.
- From each of the remaining two strips, cut a rectangle 2 ½″ x 32 ½″. Sew these to the top and bottom of the table runner. Press out towards the outer border rectangles.
Your Christmas Table Runner is now ready for quilting! My friend Gail did an all-over flower and leaf pattern which I love! It’s one of my go-to patterns!
Finishing your Christmas Table Runner:
- Layer Christmas Table Runner top, batting and backing fabric and quilt as desired.
- Trim the excess batting and backing even with the edges of the runner top.
- Cut three strips of binding from the binding fabric (I cut my strips 2 ⅛″ x width of fabric because I like smaller bindings on smaller projects).
- Piece the binding strips together for length and make binding. (For additional information on binding see my two binding videos on my videos page here).
- Bind and enjoy your Christmas Table Runner!
- Additionally, if you’d like to purchase a PDF of these instructions, you can find one in my shop here.
I hope you enjoy making this Christmas Table Runner! Come back next Friday for another fun project in my July 2018 Christmas Project Sew Along!
Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!