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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Ten Minute Tutorial - Really!



I'm back!  It's Marlene from StitchinByTheLake here ya'll with another quick tutorial.  Well, I'm not so sure how quick the tutorial will be but once you've read through it and chosen and cut your fabric, then it'll be quick because the stitching takes only about 10 minutes or so!  Really, it's true!  Of course, if you're anything like me the choosing of fabric could be pretty long and drawn out.  What is it about choosing fabric that makes us say..."this one, no that one, no this one...?"  We can be so decisive about other things, like spending major bucks for a  new car...you know exactly what you want and why, right?  But a yard of fabric, good heavens it could take us days to choose one.  Anyway, last time I was here I showed you some really fast Everything Bags to make for gifts and this time it's really fast table runners.  This runner is one you might have seen last year on several blogs...I actually have seen it credited to three different designers so I have no idea who came up with it first.  But the copy that I have came from The Utah State University County Extension Office and says "enjoy or share with a friend" so I'm sharing with my friends.  This is the second Ten Minute Table Runner that I made:
You're probably asking yourself, "why is she showing me the second one she made and not the first one?"  Right?  That's what you were saying!  Well the second of anything I make is always better than the first.  And I'm no fool - I show you the best first so you'll keep reading.  :)  Cute, don't you think?  Oh my, I just noticed those threads on the carpet.  Should have vacuumed.

On to the tutorial...no time for vacuuming!  I had this fabric for about 5 years and couldn't figure out what to do with it.  Yes, really, five years.  Could be longer.  Or shorter. 

Perfect for this project!  This would be my theme fabric.  So that's your first assignment - pick a theme fabric.  You need 10-12" by the width of the fabric (WOF).  Then you need a coordinating fabric about 18" x WOF.  I tried out some greens first.  Yuck!
That green on the left ended up being in my second table runner but it was awful here.  So I tried some reds - two differrent solids.
I ended up choosing one of these - the darker.  It absolutely, positively was not because it was the color of my mascot uniform in high school.  Really it wasn't.
Cut this fabric 18" x WOF.  Sew the two long sides of the theme fabric to the two long sides of the second fabric (right sides together) to make a tube.  Then turn it.  Do you know how hard it is to show a tube in a picture?



Press this flat with the same amount of the second fabric showing on both sides - you can guess at it if you want to but I'm a tad OCD so I put the seams together and finger pressed the middles and then ironed.  Your ends will probably not be even so even them up.


Now here's the tricky part.  It's not too tricky, you just have to pay attention.  Fold your tube long sides together so that your theme fabric is on the outside.  Outside...that's crucial.  Sew the short ends together on both ends.

 Press the seams open.  To do that you have to fold the short ends sort of the inside and when you do...


it automatically forms a triangle on the end!

How cool is that!  It needs a little decorating I think.  If you remember I appliqued a tree from my theme fabric on the ends of my second runner.
But for this one I wanted a button.  Or buttons.  So I auditioned a few.






In the end I decided on three gold buttons on each end.  Maybe.  Unless I change my mind.

This runner takes about a yard of fabric and about 30 minutes with the choosing, cutting, ironing, sewing, etc.  Don't think just seasonal either - any two fabrics  that coordinate would be great for other times of the year.  Make one for the neighbor, or your sister, or your cousin three times removed.  They'll love you for it.
This is one I made for a friend - a real girly girl.  The print fabric has ladies hats on it so I added some some Swarovski crystals to decorate the hats!


And after you've finished making your table runner, or before you start, hop over to my blog here for a little giveaway I'm having.  :)

25 comments:

  1. very cool stuff indeed! Thanks for the tutorial, lovely, Merry Christmas to you too!

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  2. Looks really easy with your tutorial-thanks!

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  3. This looks really interesting! and quick. I really like the black and white one...

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  4. Good Morning Marlene...I am sipping my coffee and chuckling between sips...You have got to love a woman with a sense of humor, and a ten minute project. Actually I like it...certainly I will no doubt make one...oh and the black and white one is without a doubt to my liking...still would have loved to seen your first wink....Great tut and smiles this morning with the extra sweetness..

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  5. Genius! thanks so much - a quick gift is exactly what I need this week! Gift exchange is this Friday!!! You are a lifesaver!

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  6. Marlene - I think you are right in that this was an Extension project. I can remember making these as a 4-H member and then teaching the same pattern to a 4-H club when my daughter was young. Memories! I love your tut fabric choice - ah, yes that fabric selection time. But great in showing the auditioning of not only fabrics, but embellishments too. I enjoyed this.

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  7. Thank you for sharing. I can see making one will not be enough!!!

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  8. Such a super fun and cute table runner. Marlene, you are amazing!!

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  9. What a great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!! It's something nice and quick we can make for Christmas!

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  10. great post and tutorial.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  11. I have a piece of fabric I wanted to make into a table runner but hadn't thought of how to use it without cutting it up! This is great! Thank You!

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  12. Very clever! Thank you for sharing, Marlene.

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  13. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. thanks for the tutorial! The sewing of the triangles is going to get me. But, once I get the hang of it; it'll be fine!

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  15. What a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  16. Let's see...after fabric is cut and laid out.....10 minutes per.....wow! 6 of these done in one hour...and maybe one or two more with assembly line....My Christmas shopping could be solved!

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  17. This is so funny. A lady at Joann's told me how to make these this last summer. She showed me by folding a piece of paper. I just found it yesterday and could not remember how she told me to do this. So I though the paper away. Now here you are posting about it. GREAT!! Thank you!!

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  18. What a great idea and I am sure most of us like the idea you can have it done in 10 minutes. Thanks for sharing, Marlene.

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  19. Love it! I'll have to see if I can find some fabric in my stash. I can't buy any, because if I go to the quilt store, I spend tons of money, and the money tree is dried up right now. Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm trying to think if I can turn this into a mug rug size.

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  20. I LOVE these...we did them at the shop as a Technique Tuesday. They really can be made in 10 minutes! FABULOUS!!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  21. Now that my sewing machine is working again, I sat down and made several of these last night from fabric in my stash --- they are great! But I have a terrible time with ironing the fabric and getting the border part equal on both sides of the main fabric --- it never comes out remotely even! What am I doing wrong?

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  22. very cool! I like the star button.

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  23. I love this table runner and I need one! I will have to try this. Thanks for the tutorial.

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