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Make a 10-Minute Table Runner

Posted October 10, 2012 in Advice Column, Greene County

This easy table runner really can be made in just 10 minutes. You will need a third of a yard of your center focus fabric and a half yard of coordinating fabric — 100 percent cotton quilting fabric works well, but other fabrics could also be used. Both fabrics should be non-directional. This table runner is made without batting, It’s so fast and easy, you will want to make one or more for each season.

Leave the selvedges on the fabric. Place the two fabrics, right sides together so the long, raw edges of the two fabrics are even. Don’t worry if the ends don’t match as they will be trimmed later. There will be extra fabric in the center because one piece is wider than the other. Sew each long side with a quarter-inch seam, forming a tube.

Turn fabrics right side out. Adjust tube so the focus fabric is centered as shown in the illustration. There will be approximately 1½ inches of “border” on each side. Press. Trim the two short ends, squaring up fabric and removing the selvedge. figure 1

    Fold in half lengthwise so focus fabric is facing out. Sew a quarter-inch seam across each end, backstitching at each end of the seam.(figure 2) Press seam open. Turn this seam inside out so a triangle of the coordinating fabric will form on the front. (figure 3)

    If desired, topstitch the wide ends of the triangles in place. You can also embellish by adding buttons or crystals. Finished size is 14 ½”x 42.”

Information provided by Suzanne Sievers, The Stitch, 217 E. Lincolnway, Jefferson, 515-386-2014.


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