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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lucky for my spooky April purchase, it’s going to see a little table-time before the holiday passes.
And I won’t even have to put it away until after Thanksgiving.
It’ll be the perfect place to display my Cornucopia from last year.
If I could have figured out how to make it three-sided, I’d be flipping it again for Christmas.