One of these years I’ll have to give you a little tour of my Christmas decorations when they’re up. We go a little crazy. You wouldn’t know it from the outside, with our one strand of lights, but on the inside it’s Santa’s village. My husband pointed out that I’ll be able to get a bigger tree when we move to Montana because I’ll have taller ceilings, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Because it’s a winter wonderland from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, everything looks very bare when it’s gone. I decided I needed a little color on my dining room table to spice things up. This quick table runner was the perfect solution.
You’ve probably seen this basic style of table runner before. It’s often called a “10 Minute Table Runner.” Uh, no. Maybe 20 - 30 minutes if you’ve already selected your fabric and don’t add any embellishments. Maybe. I suspect no one means you can literally make it in 10 minutes, but maybe it’s an exaggeration meant to indicate that it’s quick and easy. And that it is.
To make this you’ll need:
1/3 yard feature fabric (12” x width of fabric)
1/2 yard coordinating fabric (18” x width of fabric)
1/8 yard accent fabric (4 1/2” x width of fabric) or scraps
You don’t need any batting for this one. I was skeptical about that, but it’s a nice runner without it.
This is a great project for using a larger scale print that you don’t want to cut up. Keep in mind that if you’re going to use a directional print for the feature fabric that it will be upside down or sideways from all but one view. Also, I recommend avoiding stripes or plaids for the coordinating fabric. It would be very difficult to match up, and it’s very noticeable if it’s not.
Cut the 1/8 yard accent fabric into ten 3” squares.
Fold each square in half diagonally, with wrong sides together, and press. Fold in half diagonally again and press.
You should end up with triangles, typically called prairie points in quilting. If your accent fabric is directional, make sure to fold all of the squares so the pattern is going in the same direction. Set those aside.
Pin one long edge of the two remaining fabrics with right sides together. One piece will likely be longer than the other. We’ll trim that later. Stitch a 1/4” seam.
You’ll notice I didn’t trim any of the selvages at this point. Since I’ll be trimming both ends later, I didn’t bother. I just chose one end to match up. However, if you’re having trouble getting things to line up, or it just bugs you, go ahead and cut them off.
Pin the remaining long edges, right sides together, and stitch a 1/4” seam, creating a tube. One of your pieces is wider than the other, so the wider will bunch up during this step.
Turn the tube right side out. Adjust the sides so that the feature fabric is centered. The two coordinating borders should be about 1 1/2” wide each. You can measure if you like. I just eyeballed it. Press.
Trim both short ends of the runner to even them up and remove the selvages.
Fold the runner in half lengthwise with the feature fabric facing out. Stitch each short end with a 1/4” seam.
Press the seam open.
Turn the ends (not really right side out, but the same idea) so the seam is to the inside and it creates a point on each end. Press with the seam centered.
Slide the raw edge of each of the prairie points under the straight edge of the triangle by 1/4”. Make sure they are spaced evenly. Pin well.
Stitch close to the edge of both triangles.
You can also add a few extra touches of your own, like larger prairie points or tassels on the ends. Maybe a few buttons?
I pulled out some white ric rac to show you what that might look like, but I liked it so much I went ahead and sewed it on. It almost makes my teeth hurt it’s so cute!
The finished table runner should measure about 14 1/2 x 42”, depending on the width of your fabric. Perfect for the center of most tables.
Another thing I love about this table runner, and its lack of batting, is that it folds up really small to store. That means you can have one for every season!