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Monday, October 25, 2010

DIY: Quilted Table Runner

I'm all about DIY wedding projects that have longevity. By that, I mean I love the idea of hand-making things for our weddings that we will continue to use in our families for years to come.

This DIY quilted table runner, for example, would be an awesome family heirloom. I made it as a holiday decoration (which you can read more about on my personal blog, Feeding the Soil, if you're interested). It would be great decoration for a cake table or the "head table" and then could be used year after year for dinner parties, holidays, daily use, etc.

It was pretty simple to make. Here's what I did:
  1. Cut strips of fabric. I intentionally didn't make them straight (I hate being confined by the precision of traditional quilting!).
  2. I placed the fat end of one piece alongside the skinny end of another piece and sewed them together, right side to right side (see image with sewing machine).
  3. Once I had a nice long top piece, I ironed it flat.
  4. I used a cutting mat, a rotary cutter, and a ruler to trim my piece into a nice rectangle.
  5. I put the top piece right side to right side with the bottom piece and trimmed them to make them identical in size.
  6. I sewed the top and the bottom piece together on three sides (right side to right side), flipped it inside out, and sewed the trim around the edges. I didn't even feel the need to use batting or interface. The two pieces of fabric together felt thick enough.


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Annie said...

Cooool! Now I've found a way to use my random scraps of fabric and make something awesome!
I'm curious though: did you measure the width of the strips (skinny and fat ends)? I know I would have a hard time making a rectangle if I didn't.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi, Annie: I promise I did no measuring! I just eyeballed it to make sure it was coming out in a somewhat straight rectangle. At the end, I sliced the inevitably crooked edges off. With this kind of approach, it helps to start with strips that are wider than you want your end table runner to be. That way, you can cut more off to straighten everything out and it will still turn out well.

Let me know if you have more questions!

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