Today, Lola from Mamita’s Next Thing will be showing us how to make a 15-minute table runner!
When my friend Brooke of The Intentional Momma asked me to guest post, I was very excited. Then I got worried. Oh no, what should I do. And then this simple table runner that my mother-in-law showed me how to make came to mind.
How about a 15-minute table runner…
Well… technically, depending if you want to put embellishments on it, it could take a few more minutes.
Let’s go ahead and begin.
2 fabrics of your choosing:
These are the fabrics I chose. I had them in my stash of fabrics already, so I had to cut them to size.
Because I had the fabric in my fabric stash, I had to cut mine to size. I used my mat to measure after ironing and squaring my fabric. If you did buy your fabric to measure, go ahead and skip to the part where I start sewing.
To square your fabric:
- Iron about 1 yard of fabric (I ironed it while still folded).
- Place the fabric on your mat with the fold toward you.
- Place the ruler close to the end of the fabric (left or right doesn’t matter)
*the cut edge not the selvage edge.
*the cut ends wont be matching
- Place the ruler on the fold so that the fold goes straight across the ruler on the same line. Then cut along the rulers edge.
Let’s start sewing!
Lay your fabric out one on top of the other, with right sides together, butting up two cut sides together
You can pin your fabrics together if you’d like.
Sew your two fabrics at a small 1/4 inch. I use the end on my foot for a guide to make a small 1/4 inch.
Lay your table runner out and butt up the fabrics together again on the other side, and pin if you’d like, and sew again a small 1/4 inch.
Iron your seams to stabilize them.
I can not emphasize how important it is to iron each seam. This is the trick to having professional looking sewed crafts and garments.
Your table runner will look like so. You can see that your seams will want to lay toward the back fabric…
You can use more pins if you’d like.
Now you will need to trim the seam to 1/4 inch, and clip the corner of the fabric on the fold, just above the thread.
Now, time for embellishments……..
To add an embellishment, like I did here, all I did is cut the ribbon to the size I needed to cover the opening of the table runner. Pinned every other flower and stitched right over them with a thread the same color of the petals making sure I also stitched down the opening of the table runner. I repeated the process on the other side.
I know I do mine.
|Embellishments: Lace ribbon and orange flowers|
|Embellishments: ribbon that had little white balls that reminded me of snow|
|Embellishments: decorative stitching.|
Mamita’s Next Thing:
I wanted to also include a how to on the table runner I’m showing here for Tea Time, but that would have been too long. So I will be posting a how-to on this beautiful table runner very soon.
And thanks Brooke for letting me host!
About Mamita’s Next Thing:
My name is Lola I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I’m a wife to an amazing man, who enjoys my cooking even when it doesn’t turn out and allows me to take on any crafty journey I want to take. I’m a stay at home mom of 2 adventurous children, a boy 6, and a girl 21/2 (she is the most adventurous and keeps me on my toes). I love to make things…. anything I can get my hands on. I’m always trying new things. Some to make with my babies and some for my sake. Mostly for my sake.
I grew up in a small town in Northern California and after graduating high school I got brave and moved to the big city of San Francisco where I attended the Academy of Art College (now the University of Art College). I got my BFA in Fashion Design, and although I didn’t pursue it for my career, it has been my foundation to what I do. I have always loved drawing, painting, and sculpting. My love of sewing came earlier in my life, when I would watched my aunts sew away and make some beautiful creations. And after my son was born I ventured into the exciting and yummy world of cake baking and decorating. I’m always searching for that 25th hour that never comes. So that’s me in a nutshell.