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Simple and Easy DIY Table Runners

Updated on March 2, 2017
Finish table runner
Finish table runner | Source

Table runners can be expensive, especially if you are only looking to buy them for a wedding or other special event. Not only are table runners expensive, but finding the right design or color can also be a hassle. This easy DIY table runner is the perfect way to go.

The idea of making your own table runners may seem like a daunting task, particularly if you are someone with little to no sewing experience. No worries, this article will show you how to create simple and easy yet beautiful table runners without using a sewing machine.

What are Table Runners?

First lets take a look at what exactly a table runner is and what they do for your table. Table runners are a long piece of decorative cloth used to cover and protect tables. They run down the center of the table running the length of the table and going about half way down the side of the table.

Table runners can be used on bare tables or with plain table linens to add color, texture, and elegance to any occasion. A table runner is a simple solution to covering any table for a variety of occasions. Whether you're decorating for a wedding, a picnic, or a family gathering, table runners are the way to go.

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Items for making table runners.Ironing out the fabric.Positioning the fusible strips.Peeling the paper off the fusible strip.Ironing the seams closed.Finished table runner.
Items for making table runners.
Items for making table runners. | Source
Ironing out the fabric.
Ironing out the fabric. | Source
Positioning the fusible strips.
Positioning the fusible strips. | Source
Peeling the paper off the fusible strip.
Peeling the paper off the fusible strip. | Source
Ironing the seams closed.
Ironing the seams closed. | Source
Finished table runner.
Finished table runner. | Source

No-Sew Table Runners:

Rather than sewing the fabric together, I used a steam seam double stick fusible strip that fuses the two pieces of fabric together when ironed. This is a simple and easy way to make clean edges that look good, without actually sewing the fabric together.

Supplies needed:

  • Yard and a half of fabric per 3 table runners
  • Fusible strips
  • Lace and or ribbon if desired
  • Cutting board
  • Hand held fabric cutter
  • Ironing board and iron

After gathering all your materials the fun begins. If you don't have a fabric cutter you could use a scissors, however the hand held cutter gives you straighter and cleaner cuts.

Instructions for making table runners:

  1. Fold the fabric width wise and put the seam at the bottom of the cutting board (closest to you).
  2. Cut your fabric into 15in wide pieces and iron out the creases in the fabric.
  3. Lay fabric flat and line the edge of both long sides of the fabric with the fusible strips.
  4. Fold the edges over and iron the seams closed.
  5. Flip the fabric over and you have finished your table runners.

Additions for your table runners:

If you are looking to spruce up your homemade table runners you can add tassels to the ends, or use the fusible strips to add ribbon or lace to the ends or edges of your table runners. Whether you are going for elegant or summer fun, making your own table runners is simple and easy.

Table runners are perfect for weddings as they are cheap to make and you can find fabric for any color scheme. Rather than buying table runners or tablecloths, buying fabric and creating your own table runners could save you quite a bit of money. The great thing about table runners is the ability to add your own flare and tastes to any table decor.


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