I have been working on a Thanksgiving table runner and finished it today…a little later than I wanted, but at least it’s still before the holiday! Here is a step-by-step pattern:
Dimensions: 43 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
I went to my stash of scraps and made the entire table runner from scraps. Here are the fabrics I found:
Next, I cut these fabrics into 2 1/2″ strips. I cut various links out of the fabrics, then layed them out to ensure that I had mixed the colors around and the strips would be long enough for the table runner. You need to make sure the strips total 45 1/2″ after being sewn together. Remember to leave a 1/4″ seam on both ends of the fabric for each piece. I mixed using felts and cotton fabrics. This is what I came up with:
Next, I sewed all the strips together and trimmed both ends to be the same length. My final piece turned out to be 45 1/2″ x 16″
Next, I traced circles on to my background fabric for each letter. My circles were roughly 5″ in diameter:
TIP: I like to use the following pens (Pilot – Frixon Roller Gel). You can see them when you draw, by once you iron on top of them, it completely disappears:
Next, I trace the letters onto the fabric. I, personally, either Google a font or use Microsoft Word to print out the letters that I like then cut them out of the paper and trace them onto the fabric using the pens above. After tracing them onto the fabric, I cute them out and iron them into the shape they need to be by folding at the lines I have traced. For letters that have curves, I snip along the curve to help me fold it it under:
Next, I pinned all the letters onto the circles. Then I outlined them using 4 strands of embroidery floss double-stranded. This means that I used 4 strands of embroidery floss, threaded the needle, then tied a knot at the end of the strands; so when I sewed it was actually 8 strands thick. I used a back-stitch to sew the outline.
I then pinned the circles to the table runner and sewed them down:
TIP: To help the circles lay better when pinning them to the table runner, I first sewed a stitch around the circle. I gathered it just a little; ironed the back down; then pinned it on my table runner.
I then made my own binding and sewed it to the table runner. I used the same fabric I used on the circles.
Give it one last iron; place on table and there you have your completed table runner!