STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

How to make a table runner

How to make a table runner

You will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Beaded edging
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tailor's chalk or pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Set square
  • Ruler

A bare table can seem, well, a bit bare. On the other hand, you don't want to smother the beauty of natural wood with a heavy tablecloth. The answer is a table runner. Our clever reversible table runner will add a touch of class to your decoration scheme, setting off candlesticks or similar accessories a treat.

Time to complete the job: 3 hours
Approximate budget: This depends on the fabric quality you choose and the size of your table but £30 should cover the materials for a two-metre dining table.

  • Step 1: Prepare the fabric

    Step 1: Prepare the fabric

    Using the set square and ruler, accurately measure two pieces of fabric 30cm wide and 40cm longer than your table (to allow a drop of 20cm at each end).

    Place the first piece of fabric right side up on your work table.

    Tip: Choose an accent fabric for one side of the runner to create a more striking impression.

  • Step 2: Shape the ends

    Step 2: Shape the ends

    To shape the ends, measure 6.5cm from a corner along each side of the fabric. Mark a line between the two points you've measured and cut off the corner.

    Repeat for the remaining corners on the first piece of fabric.

  • Step 3: Add the beading

    Step 3: Add the beading

    Double-check the fabric is still right side up.

    Pin the beading along one end so that its beaded edge is 1.5cm in from the edge of the fabric. Trim away the excess beading.

    Hand stitch or machine stitch the beading to the fabric and repeat for the other end.

  • Step 4: Shape the second piece of fabric

    Step 4: Shape the second piece of fabric

    This is the easy part! Simply place the second piece of fabric on the work table and carefully lay the first piece on top of it, lining up the edges. Then trim the corners of the second piece of fabric to match the first.

  • Step 5: Pin the fabric together

    Step 5: Pin the fabric together

    Carefully place the two pieces of fabric on top of one another, making sure the right sides are together.

    Line up the edges precisely and pin them together carefully. This part is time-consuming but don't hurry it - your seams will look much more professional if you take care at this point.

    Leave a gap of 20cm in the middle of one long side, so that you'll be able to turn your runner right side out when it has been stitched.

  • Step 6: Stitch the fabric

    Step 6: Stitch the fabric

    Machine-stitch the runner, placing the seam 1.5cm from the edges. Remember not to stitch the unpinned bit, otherwise you'll have to unpick a section before you can turn the runner right side out!

  • Step 7: Turn right side out

    Step 7: Turn right side out

    Before turning right side out, fold back one seam edge and firm it down with your fingers. This will give you a much neater seam once the runner is right side out.

    Now for the exciting bit. Reaching through the unstitched gap, pull the runner right side out and you're nearly there.

  • Step 8: Finish off

    Step 8: Finish off

    Take a pair of closed scissors and gently poke out the seams to make neat edges and corners.

    Carefully hand stitch the gap and your smart new reversible table runner is ready to rev up your décor.