Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Comfort and JOY with another Jennifer...YEAH 2 JENN"S TODAY with Easy-Peasy Table Runner

Hey everybody! It's a pleasure being back at Madame Samm's sharing another tutorial with you. I blog at Ellison Lane Quilts and would love for you to stop by any time!

Each Christmas eve my family has a special hors d'oeuvre dinner- all yummy appetizers such as ham biscuits, chicken nuggets, spinach-artichoke dip, asparagus bites, fruit dips, pizza bites, potato skins.... you get the idea. Lots of food- none of it particularly healthy but all of it delicious. It started as a tradition when I was a little girl, and is something we continue and look forward to each year. This year we are hosting and my parents and brother and sister-in-law will be coming to our house for dinner before church. It should be lots of fun and excitement with my children all excited about Santa and Christmas eve!

So I decided this year to make a holiday table runner for our Christmas eve spread. This one was easy to put together and will be something fun to bring out each year.

This project is so easy and quick, you could put one together in plenty of time for Christmas too. The design is versatile and can be used at any time of year.

Let's get started!

Easy-Peasy Table Runner 
Finished Size: 55" x 16"

6 different Christmas Fabrics: 3 half yards and 3 quarter yards
2 yards of white fabric
1/8th of a yard of red fabric
1/3 yard for binding
backing: pieced using leftover fabric from the front
batting 60" x 20"
12.5" x 12.5" square up ruler

You will be making 4 picture frame blocks with sashing.

Cutting the White Sashing:
1. Line up your selvages (hold your fabric in the air to do this) then press your fabric. You will be pressing out wrinkles from when it was on the bolt.

2. Fold your fabric in half so that you have 1 yard on top of 1 yard with the fold on the left side and the selvage along the bottom of the cutting mat.

3. Fold again so that you have 18" showing and the fold is on the left and the selvage is along the bottom of the cutting mat.

4. Turn your fabric (or your mat) so the selvage is vertical (on your right) and trim to remove the selvage.

Now spin your cutting mat around so that your selvage side is on your left.

Now cut a 3" wide strip which will give you two pieces of sashing. Put them aside for now.

Cutting for the Blocks:
1. From your center fabric, cut (4) 6.5" x 6.5" pieces for the middle of the squares.
2. From the white fabric (border 1) cut (8) 1.5" x 6.5" and (8) 1.5" x 8.5" strips and (2) 3" x 12.5" strips (for sashing.)

3. Now choose fabric for border 2 and cut a 1.5" x WOF strip and subcut into (2) 1.5" x 8.5" pieces and (2) 1.5" x 10.5" pieces. (Repeat for other 3 blocks.)

4. Now choose fabric for border 3 and cut (2) 2" x WOF strips and subcut them into (2) 2" x 10.5" and (2) 2" x 14" strips. (Repeat for other 3 blocks.)

5. Cut (1) 2.5" x WOF of red fabric for sashing and subcut into (3) 2.5" x 12.5" pieces.

Whew! All of the cutting is finished.

Assemble your blocks by adding borders to the center squares, adding top and bottom pieces first, then the sides. Add border 1, then border 2, then border 3.

After each addition, press your seams flat and trim any excess fabric. After sewing on the 3rd border, square up your blocks to 12.5" x 12.5."

Design Tip: Mix up your fabrics in combinations you like to make each block a little different.

Next, lay out your blocks as you wish and add the red sashing between the 4 blocks. Press. Now add your 3" x 12.5" white sashing strips to the end of your row of blocks. Press again.

The last steps are to sew on the top and bottom row of white sashing strips (3" x WOF)  onto the row of blocks. Trim excess and press.

Now, baste as you wish (I spray baste) and quilt as desired. The 1/3 yard of fabric for the binding is for (4) 2.5" strips. Add the binding and you're done!

Now you can enjoy a festive table runner this Christmas or make one for any other time of year.

Now, if you enjoyed that tutorial, you should check out my Christmas tree block tutorial, my placemat tutorial or my sewing machine cover tutorial. You can see all of my finished quilts HERE. I'd love for you to stop by.

I also have a GREAT BIG GIVEAWAY going on right now that you don't want to miss! Click HERE to enter. 

Thanks again to Madame Samm for having me visit again. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!



  1. thank you Jennifer. that does look so easy. Thanks for clear instructions!

  2. Cute runner Jennifer, thank you!

  3. I love this idea - it would be perfect for the bar in my kitchen. Thanks! blessings, marlene

  4. What a fabulous tutorial and super cute table runner. I love her blog as well! :0)

  5. Lovely tablerunner, Jennifer. Looks very happy and easy to make (o:
    Thank you for the tutorial.

  6. I am going to make one of these for a quick gift
    Dorothy in IL

  7. Thanks Jenn..It sure looks easy enough to finish in time for Christmas and would be so cute in others fabrics as well. Thanks

  8. What a cute runner, thanks for sharing!

  9. Good Morning Jennifer ....How lucky for us all to have you here this morning...YOU are all about color, simplicity and JOY..yep you bring JOY when you are here. and people can feel it...sew thanks for spilling YOU into our day today.x

  10. What a great and quick runner! I still have time to make a few! Think I'll put fabric for another holiday on the back - not pieced - just St. Pats, Valentines, 4th of July, Halloween, Easter - one of those that are already in my stash pleading to "bust out" of the cabinet!! Thanks for the great tutorial! Merry Christmas!!

  11. Wonderful tutorial, Jen...I follow your blog and love to visit there. Thank you for sharing this runner today - it looks like a quick and easy gifting solution!

  12. Very nice tutorial and darling table runner!

  13. Love easy peasy!!! Nice tut!


  14. What a great tutorial and something that appears to be fairly quick too. Excellent.
    Thank you.

  15. Love this excellent tutorial! Your instructions are superb!

  16. I printed this out and I am on my way to sewing area to find some fabrics and whip it up. Thanks Sandra

  17. Great way to highlight the fun santa fabric, and looks lovely and quick!

  18. This is a good looking table runner. Thanks for the tutorial.

  19. I am looking forward to giving this a try this evening. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Lovely table runner. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  21. Hi Jennifer as usual you did not disappoint. Love the tablerunner and will try putting one together before Christmas. Thanks Madame Samm for having Jennifer you are so appreciated...

  22. Thanks, lovely tablerunner, great tutorial!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany

  23. What a sweet and pretty table runner!! Great instructions, too. Thank you for sharing!!! :)

  24. Thank you Jennifer! I stopped in at your blog and saw you were over here and I knew you would be sharing something wonderful. I love this table runner and I have a delightful Snowman print fabric that will be super cute. I can't start it for a few days, but I am definitely going to get one made before Christmas. I've been working on a project that has many, many points to match up at every step, so...I feel the need for some instant gratification and this looks like just the ticket. Thanks again. Hugs...

  25. Y'all are all SO nice! Thank you for all of the kind words about my table runner and the tutorial. I really, really appreciate it. Actually makes me a bit teary to read all of those wonderful compliments- thank you so much. It definitely makes my day.

    Thank you Madame Samm for hosting once again. it was indeed a pleasure.

  26. Very cute! I'm hoping I can squeeze a project like this in before Christmas!

    Jennifer :)

  27. This is neat. I have a bunch of Christmas scenes that would make great centres. Not enough for a whole quilt, so this is just perfect. Thank you Jennifer.

  28. 2 today, this is fun, I love both your projects Jennifers. Thank you.

  29. Jennifer and Madame Samm...a great pair. Thanks for the wonderful table runner pattern.

  30. YIKES!!! Too cute! On my to do not to try, but do list!!

  31. Those deer are so cute. Thank you for sharing with all of us.


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