Halloween and Thanksgiving Table Runner

I bought a piece of Halloween fabric last April.  I almost never buy Halloween fabric, much less in the spring.  But this one was so cute I couldn’t stand it.  I brought it home, put in on the shelf, and apparently forgot about it.  I’m just considering myself lucky I remembered I had it BEFORE Halloween and not after.

It has a fairly large print, so I didn’t want to cut it up too much.  A table runner seemed reasonable.  Even with the simple design I used, I wasn’t about to spend time making something that would only lay on the table for a few days, so I made it reversible to use for Thanksgiving.

I didn’t really decide on an exact size I wanted before I started.  I cut the large print into three pieces and added a strip of a coordinating print between each panel.  For the reverse side, I just started piecing together appropriate pieces of fabric until it was the same size as the front.  There may have been some math involved…I’m trying to block that part out.

I used iron-on fleece for the inside because I didn’t want to have to worry about it shifting.  Besides, it’s my new favorite thing to work with.

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I decided to sew this together at the edges instead of binding it, but I wanted some sort of decorative edge.  I cut strips of fabric, sewed them end to end, then folded it in half. 

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I pinned the strip even with the edge of the front of the runner, facing the middle.  I turned the first edge under, then stuck the second end inside that.

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Then I laid the back of the runner on top so the right sides were together.  I sewed around the edge, leaving a few inches open for turning.  One of my most-used strings of words:  “Stitch, turn, press, topstitch.”

Everything went well, except for the fact that I didn’t really think the corner through.  The goal was definitely not to have them curl up like some kind of busted tea cup.

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I was not about to give up on this project at this point, so I hand stitched a running stitch at each corner and gathered them.  I actually kind of like the look once I laid it on the table.

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Lucky for my spooky April purchase, it’s going to see a little table-time before the holiday passes.

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And I won’t even have to put it away until after Thanksgiving.

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It’ll be the perfect place to display my Cornucopia from last year.

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If I could have figured out how to make it three-sided, I’d be flipping it again for Christmas.