Yesterday was craft night for myself and my friend Lauren. We decided to tackle making table runners since neither one of us could find a runner that matched what we were looking for. So thank you pinterest.com for having articles on how to make a table runner! Im going to walk you through my 2 hour table runner night of fun!
First things first, you need to go out and get your supplies! I bought 2 yards (too much is better than not enough!) of a fabric that I thought would best fit what i was going for. I also bought 2 packages of fusable hem tape beacuse I cant sew to save my life, and 2 tassles for something fancy on the ends. All the supplies can be found at Hobby Lobby or Joanns, although Joanns has by far the larger fabric selection. Other supplies you will need is an iron, fabric scissors, and fabric pins. All of the supplies I used are in the picture below.
To get started you need to measure out the length and width you want your runner to be, add 2 inches to each side to be sure you have enough to make the hem. Cut the fabric to your dimensions. I didnt double the fabric up to make it puffier since mine was just going on the dresser and I honestly didnt want a thick table runner, but you can leaver the fabric doubles if you want to. Once you cut your fabric now we can make the triangle points on each end. I just did a freehand triangle from the sheet of 8.5x11 plain white paper, but you can always do something more precise if you are a perfectionist (if one day I sell these then I will but since this was just for me and I didnt have all the right tools I made do with what I had). To cut the triangle out, I taped the template to the back side of the fabric (always make the cuts on the backside, well at least thats what I do) and cute about 1 inch away from the actual template. So there was a black edge all around the triangle so that I could make my hem. Below is a picture of the "finished" step
Once you get all the way around and all your edges are sealed you are ready to put the tassles on, if you decided tassles were the way to go for you (and why wouldnt you they are so much fun!) What I did, since like I said I cant sew to save my life, I used the hem tape again to seal them to the runner. I make 2 strips of hem tape the length of the ribbon that was attached to my tassle and ironed it to the runner. The ribbon that was on my tassle was not satin ribbon but the kind where the glue can come through, so I let that sit for about 10 minutes to make sure it was dry before I did anything with it. Once your tassles are on, you are ready to put your beautiful runner wherever you want! I hope this was easy for you, and if it wasnt, let me know how I can make it easier!! Below is a picture of my runner before it went on the dresser (the dresser in the previous posts that is getting a makeover, come back for the completed project soon)
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