Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Comfort and Joy with Deonn and her Ten-Minute Table Runner!

Hi, all; Happy Holidays!!  Deonn here ~  So nice to see you again!  Thanks for inviting me over, Madame Samm! 

This is sure a busy time of the year over at Quiltscapes, where I've been helping lots of Santa's little elves get their quilts and projects ready for the big day.... only 5 DAYS away!!

  • Looking for a last-minute gift or decoration?
  • Got a bit of fabric? (1/3 yard focus fabric, 1/2 yard border fabric)
  • Got a few minutes?? (About 10 to 15, that's all it takes!)

Let's dress up the table!!

1)  Focus/Main Print:  CUT a rectangle 12" x width of fabric (approx 44")
Border Fabric:  CUT a rectangle 18" x width of fabric


2)  With right sides together, PIN fabrics together on the long side. 
Repeat for the other side.


3)  STITCH both long sides using 1/4" seam allowance, forming a tube.


4)  TURN tube right side out; ALIGN the border fabric evenly
on both sides of main print and smooth it out, then
PRESS with the seam allowance toward the border edges.
STITCH in the DITCH to keep borders in place, if desired. 
(Adds another 4 to 5 minutes...)

5)  TRIM ends evenly, 

FINISH EDGES with a zig-zag stitch, or serge if desired.


6)  FOLD runner in half lengthwise with focus print inside. 
PIN ends, matching up the border seams.


7)  STITCH through all thicknesses,
backstitching at the beginning and ending.


8)  CLIP corner at an angle to reduce bulk,
PRESS seam open, then TURN right side out
to form a point at the ends.  Center and PRESS.


  9)  TACK or SEW down edge to the back of the table runner.


10)  PRESS well.  REPEAT for other end.


~~ OR ~~
Here's another option to finish the ends: (Steps 6 through 10)
6A)  FOLD runner in half lengthwise, with BORDER print inside.
PIN ends, matching up the border seams.

7A)  STITCH through all thicknesses,
backstitching at the beginning and ending.


8A)  PRESS seam open, then TURN right side out
to form a point at the ends.  Center and PRESS.


9A)  TACK or SEW down edge to the FRONT of the table runner.


   10A)  EMBELLISH if desired - applique', buttons, rick-rack, fancy stitches... 
All set for Christmas!  (I like the first option -
Gotta go to town and find some red tassels for the ends!)

That's it - sweet and simple.
Whip up a 10-Minute Table Runner for any holiday!

This and other free sewing and quilting projects are available here:
This has been a great resource for me, working as a 4-H leader
and quilting teacher with projects for kids, beginning quilters...
well, they're great for anyone who likes to sew!  

And...speaking of 4-H,
Be sure to stop by Quiltscapes today for more "Comfort & Joy"
and to see what inspired today's fun little giveaway!

Happy Sewing!

32 comments:

  1. what a great quick project,thankyou

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  2. Wow, too simple even for me to mess it up! Thanks!

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  3. Such a sweet little project and perfect for holidays. I think I like the second option the best, with the border/backing fabric making the pointed ends. Thank you!

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  4. That looks a great quick and easy project to dress up a table, instructions look easy to follow.

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  5. Hello,

    very clever! Thaks for sharing.
    Beatrice.

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  6. Brilliant idea...thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great tute! I think I like the 2nd finish option best!

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  8. Thank you for sharing! Such a lovely table runner!

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  9. Great way to make a quick gift, thanks!

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  10. Good Morning Deonn, YES super quick and perhaps the perfect one I could whip up today along with some pastries for my dh staff party tomorrow...I can send it along with him to display the pies and shortbread ....now that is a festive idea if I have heard of one ...Thanks for whipping this one up especially for us all...Merry Christmas x

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  11. Thanks for a quick and easy table topper! Love the quick way to make the ends so distinctive! It really looks elegant - they'll never know it was so easy! Thank you, Deonn, and Madame Samm!

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  12. Thanks Deonn for the quick and easy table runner tutorial. Maybe I still have 10- minutes to whip one up before Christmas!

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  13. thank you for this quick and easy pattern Ive made about 8 already and going to send some to my neices in Mass and Conn and to my sister-inlaw in Fla and have given 2 away to other family so thank you so very much I love it

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  14. Now this is my kind of project! Thanks so much - I just may have ten minutes to spare! Merry Christmas! Nan

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  15. I made a couple of these this year to brighten up my Mom's hospital room...they were are a big hit!

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  16. I received one of these for Christmas last year (in a care package) and when I pulled it out this year, I again tried to figure out how to make it....thanks to you I now know. Instead of topstitching in the ditch, they used a decorative machine stitch on the seam between the center and border. So pretty!

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  17. Thanks for the lovely, quick runner tutorial. I was a 4-Her as was all my siblings. Loved it. Kudos to being a leader as it is labor, albeit a labor of love.

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  18. I love this table runner, I like your version with the button. I ahve made several already this season. I was great when I followed the instructions. When I improvised, long story, it took me almost 3 hours. There is a reason why people like you are so valuable, thanks for sharing.

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  19. Deonn, I love this table runner -- so pretty! I think this would make a perfect, easy stuffer gift for a couple of gals I know. Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

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  20. Love the table runner, both versions. I'm going to try to get one done before Christmas. Would work great for other holidays, birthdays, and regular days.

    Thanks!!

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  21. That's so pretty! Nice to have a quickie project and one that doesn't require a lot of fabric. Thanks so much for sharing. Merry Christmas

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  22. This is a great projest! Thanks also for the link!

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  23. Eureka! that's the table runner i am now going to go make for our table. we have christmas eve and christmas day guests coming over and it will PERFECT! thanks for sharing this!

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  24. I have a beautiful piece of Christmas fabric that I don't want to cut up. Wow-I must have been waiting for this pattern. Thank you.

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  25. I've made several of these and just love them! Thanks for sharing Deonn. :) blessings, marlene

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  26. great tutorial thanks for sharing!

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  27. Have made a couple as gifts, and everyone liked them. Very easy and quick! Want to make some with other seasonal fabric.

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  28. Sometimes simple is best. It's very pretty & festive!

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  29. Susan,
    I have made a few of these and I love them except they are small is there any way they can be made longer? I'm not good trying to figure those kind of things out and have them look righdst ,so if you could help me with this I would greatly appereciate it. Thank you and have a lovely day.

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  30. great tutorial thanks for sharing!

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