I love anything unique. And simple. But, I really appreciate the unique simple touches that have great impact, especially in the area of décor. Enter the DIY table runner!

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Table runners are a great way to add some unique color and texture to your table or even hide a blemish. But, I do find it hard to find them in the right size and color, especially for smaller tables. Not everyone needs a 72 inch table runner. Not everyone wants a floral tapestry table runner (read: most table runners seems to have floral tapestry). Or, there’s those who see what the person in line ahead of them just bought and they want it, too (umm, I may be guilty here).

But, that is why I love this simple project. A table runner can be easily made in whatever length and print you desire and for whatever your reason. It is simple, budget friendly, and likely won’t take more than 2 hours… even if you don’t consider yourself “crafty.” And, even better… it can be made with or without a sewing machine. So don’t dismiss this idea too quickly! The hardest part is probably choosing your favorite material. (Or, that could just be me… I seem to be highly gifted in  “indecisiveness.”)

This table runner actually was made as part of a wedding décor project I am delighted to be a part of. Choosing your own print to suit your décor or occasion is what makes it so fun! I can’t wait to make my own once I am done with these!

What you need:

  • Material (unique of course!)
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Straight Pins
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine or Iron on hem tape (hem tape can be found at Joann, Walmart, Hobby Lobby or most craft stores)

And, here’s all you need to do:

  1. First, select your material. When choosing a material, consider your décor as well as durability and washability, suitable for your unique purposes.  Washing new material is always recommended before sewing to account for any shrinkage.
  1. After you have selected, washed, and ironed your material, you are ready to get to work. First, measure your material to the desired runner size. Generally, table runners are 1/3 the width of your table and hang over the ends by 6 inches. Add an extra one inch to the width and length to account for the hem,
  1. Cut your material to figured measurement. (You could choose to really simplify here. Cutting with pinking shears prevents raveling and you could avoid having to do any hemming!)
  1. Now, you are ready to prepare the hem. If sewing: First, turn the edge of the material under ¼ inch. Then turn that  edge under a second time –¼ to ½ inch. Using straight pins, pin hem in place on the underneath side as you go along. Continue this around the entire edge. Set up sewing machine. Turn material so that the “wrong side” is facing up. Stitch hem.  DONE! If using hem tape: First, turn the edge of the material under ¼ inch. From here, follow directions on hem tape based on chosen type (iron on and non iron is available). Generally, you will apply hem tape, on wrong side of material, at hemline. Press down.  Then, fold edge of material a second time ¼ to ½ inch to lay on hem tape. Then press down or iron. And presto… DONE!

That is it! With a few simple steps, you can enjoy your own DIY table runner, unique to your taste, décor, and table size! And, hopefully you found this so easy you just might make a couple more to keep things fresh. I know I plan to!

Proverbs 31:19:  “She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle.”


Denise Barnum

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