I enjoy changing up a few decorations here and there according to the seasons and holidays, but I’m not the type to go all-out. And I DEFINITELY don’t like the jinky-junk decorations that just clutter up the countertops and become bait for my curious 17-month old. Well, my mom came to visit this week and brought a really fun project idea along that was perfect for my decorating needs. (The original idea came from a Utah State sewing class, but I tweaked it slightly.) It only requires four seams and about 15 minutes.
1/2 yard “feature” fabric (12″ wide)
1/3 yard coordinating fabric – for back and border (18″ wide)
First, wash and dry your fabric, clean up frayed edges, and make sure the fabric is cut squarely. Then, with right sides together, sew up one of the long sides. (I HATE pinning and tend to avoid it at all costs. If you feel the need, pin the edges together before you sew.)
Sew up the other long side, matching the edges. This will form a “tube” and will not lay evenly like a pillow case.
Turn your tube right-side-out, and center the feature fabric in the middle. Your backing should create a nice little border on either side. Press… (Sidenote: Lesson learned from my first tutorial… I need to wash my ironing board cover!!! LOL)
Next, with the “right sides” (feature fabric side) together, sew up the short ends.
Trim the corners, and then all you have to do is flip the ends right-side-out so that they come to a point. Press the triangles on each end flat, and…
Voila! You have an adorable (and reversible!) table runner. To reverse it, simply flip it over, and turn the triangle “pockets” on each end inside-out. You may need to press the ends again to make it lie flat. The table runner will now only show the backing fabric.
The way I see it, the possibilities are endless! You could attach tassels to each end, or sew on some cute trims. You could use pre-quilted fabric, or anything else that tickles your fancy. Try one for each season and holiday. They fold flat for easy storage too! (Tip, next time you buy linens that come in those handy zippered plastic bags, save the bag and use it to store things like this!) This is also a great project for using up your fabric stash, and would make an awesome hand-made gift for friends and family. I’ve already got a huge stack of fabric pairs just waiting for me to sew ‘em up…
Try it, you’ll like it! (And let me see it when you’re done!)
I finished up my pile o’ fabric, and this is the result (in seasonal order, of course… and enlarged to show detail)… I still have some gaps to fill in, but this is a great start!