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February 2014 theme : Table Runner
We'll be making a table runner. This can mean anything that is used on your table... a runner or a topper or even place mats or mug rugs! (Runners can come in all sizes, right? ;) )
Hop on over to Amanda, The Patchsmith's, blog, to see what she is making for the Sew Along! If you want to make a mug rug, you will be sure to find a pattern in her Craftsy Store!
I have a few Table Runner ideas that I 'd like to share with you:
I ran across this sweet pattern , which has applique' hearts and little Nine Patch Blocks, by Cherilyn. Cherilyn blogs at A Farm Wife Journal and has made a free tutorial on how to make the runner! pattern here I think it is just charming.
|Photo by Cherilyn at A Farm Wife Journal|
The second pattern is a basic table runner that I made recently, for the winter months. This " basic pattern " is a great way to feature some pretty fabrics , with a few fussy cut strips.
|" Fussy Cuts Featured " Table Runner by Susie's Sunroom|
Fussy Cuts Featured Table Runner
....A Short and Sweet Tutorial
Dimensions: 36 1/4 " long x 12 " wide
Fabrics: choose 4 coordinating fabrics one of which is the 'feature' fabric
Cut: featured fabric: center piece: 1- 10 1/2 " across x 6 1/2 " tall
from the 4 different fabrics: 2 - 10 1/2 " across x 2 1/2 " tall from each fabric
(this includes 2 strips of the featured fabric, too) There will be 14 strips total
from the border fabric: 2 - 34 " across x 1 3/4 " tall for the sides
2 - 12 3/4 " across x 2 " tall for the ends
from the same border fabric cut the backing: 37 " long x 13 " wide (will trim at end)
Batting: one piece of Pellon Fusible Fleece FF987 ( or batting) 37 " long x 13 " wide
Sew the strips together, using a 1/4" seam allowance, in a pleasing pattern.
Add the 7 strips onto each side of the bigger center strip. (Lay them out before you sew, in the order they will be sewn.)
Press the seams in one direction. Trim and square this pieced section.
Sew the long side strips onto each side (the 34 " x 1 3/4 ") Press the seams.
Sew the 12 3/4 " x 2 " strips to the top and bottom. Press the seams .
Iron the Pellon FF987 interfacing, or batting, to the runner piece.
Quilt as desired. I simply stitched in the ditches.
Trim and square up the backing piece and front piece, so they are the same size.
With the top and bottom right sides together, pin together and sew around all four sides, using 1/4 " seam, leaving a 3 inch gap for turning. Trim the corners close to the seam.
Pull the right side fabric out through the gap and use a chop stick to push out the corners (carefully) , and all seams. Fold the fabric at the opening spot to match the side seam .
Press all the sides.
Topstich 1/8 " on all four sides.
Place on your table and smile!
| Fussy Cuts Featured Table Runner by Susie's Sunroom|
I use mine as a wall hanging, too
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