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Easy Christmas Table Runner Tutorial

easy christmas table runner tutorial

Don’t you just love how a table runner just dresses up a table, sideboard or even a coffee table.  I have a selection on hand that I use to change up the decor, and they are so easy to make, especially when you use this turn through design.

easy christmas table runner tutorial

I made these table runner using fat quarters but you can use fabric from your stash. There is such a great range of Christmas fabric available, in fact I found it hard to choose just one bundle of fat quarters.And of course you don’t have to just use this technique for Christmas table runners, it would look just a lovely in fall or summer colours, or in a nursery fabric for a child’s dressing table.

***WATCH THE FULL VIDEO AT THE END OF THIS POST***

What You Need:

  • 9 strips of fabric 5″ x 22″
  • a piece of batting measuring 40″ x 17″
  • a piece of backing fabric measuring approx 40″ x 17″. We will cut this to size once our top piece has been put together.

Christmas table runner, quilting, craft, sewing

Method:

  • Lay your strips down and sort them into the order that you want them to be, and then stack them so that the middle strip is on the top.  This just makes it easy for when you pick up the strips to place them on the batting.
  • Take your piece of piece of batting and fold it in half.
  • Finger press along the centre fold. It doesn’t need to be a dramatic fold line, just visible enough to be a guide to place down your first strip of fabric.

  • Lay your first strip down making sure that it completely covers the batting on either side.Take your second piece of fabric and lay it down on the batting along side the first piece.

  • Make sure that it is going to cover the batting. Adjust the placement of the strip if you find that you have batting showing on one side.

  • Lay the second piece on top of the first piece, right sides together.
  • Sew the pieces together with a ¼” seam.
  • Press along the seam line on the wrong side.
  • Fold the second piece back and press in place.

  • Now add each of the other pieces until you have added all the strips to one side.

  • Turn the runner around and start adding more strips from the centre out.

  • There may be a small area that isn’t covered by fabric. You can either trim your runner back to remove that area or you can simply take a piece of your waste fabric and just attach it in the same manner that you attached the other strips. I generally add a piece of fabric so that the batting piece is completely cover, but you can trim the piece back if you wish, the option is yours as to what you do here.

 

 

  • Turn the runner so that the reverse side is facing up, and trim around the batting so that all the sticky out bits of fabric are removed.

  • Now let’s just do a final check to make sure our runner is in alignment.  Fold the runner in half, match up the two short ends and one side. If you are lucky all the sides will all match up. but sometimes one side will be out a little bit. This is something that happens when you sew bits of fabric together. if you find that you need to trim, just find the narrowest part of the runner and trim the rest to match.
  • My runner was out by about ¼” on the sides so instead of 17″ I trimmed it back to 16¾”.
  • I also trimmed along the edge where the fabric didn’t cover the corner. On the other end I added an extra piece of fabric to finish it off.
  • So after my runner was trimmed it turned out to be 16¾” x 39″.

  • Now it’s time to cut the backing.
  • I cut my piece 16¾” x 39″ as you want it to be the same measurement as your top piece.
  • Lay the backing on top of your top piece so that the edges all meet up nicely

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  • Pin the backing in place.  Start and stop the pins so that there is approximately a 5″ opening at one end. I make sure that the opening is on a flat piece of fabric and not where there is a seam line. We will be turning the open ends in and we don’t want a lot of bulk when we do.
  • Starting  with a backstitch at the pin on one side of the opening, sew all the way around the runner, until you reach the pin on the other side of the opening,  with a ¼” seam. Finish with a backstitch.
  • Clip across the corners taking care not to cut your stitching and trim back a little of the bulk on either side of the corner.

  • Press your runner, making sure to neatly press in the seams of the opening.
  • Topstitch all the way around the edge of the runner with about an 1/8″ seam. This will give you a nice edge and also catch in the open seams where we turned through the runner.

  • Now it’s time to do some quilting. What I do on something like this is just sew a line ¼” on either side of the seam line.  If you do a lot of heavy quilting will pull your runner in and make it smaller and it may pucker, so it’s best to keep it simple.

 

The Last Minute Table Runner Tutorial (Using just one piece of fabric!)

Need a table runner? Do you need it right now? Well this is the tutorial for you. This is super quick and easy to make and involves just one piece of fabric. Perfect for that special occasion like Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving.

last minute table runner tutorial - quick and easy

To make this table runner you’ll need just one piece of fabric. We recommend a sturdier type of fabric, something like you would find in the furnishing section of your fabric store. Having said that however, we did successfully make one of these using quilting fabric, it’s just not going to be as sturdy, but hey, this is a last minute table runner and it will still look great on your table top.

How to Work Out the Fabric Size for your Table Runner

To work out what size that piece of fabric needs to be cut at, work out how wide and long you want the table runner to be. For example, in the video tutorial, we chose 15″ as the width and we decided to go with a length that pretty much measured the width of the fabric which was around 63″. So  we settled on a finished size of 15″ x 60″.

Once we have the measurements, we need to multiply the width by 2″ and add 1″ for the seam allowance.  For the length we just need to add a 1″.


Example 1:

Here are our calculations for a finished 15″ x 60″ table runner.

For the width – (15″ x 2) + 1″ = 31″

For the length – (60″ + 1″) = 61″

So now we need to cut our piece of fabric at 31″ x 61″.


Example 2:

Here’s another example for a 16″ x 40″ table runner

For the width – (16″ x 2) + 1″ = 33″

For the length – (40″ + 1″) = 41″

So we need to cut our piece of fabric at 33″ x 41″


  • Once your piece of fabric is cut, fold it in half with right sides together and sew along the long edge with a half inch seam.

last minute table runner tutorial

last minute table runner tutorial

  • Move the seam to the middle of the fabric tube and iron it open.

last minute table runner tutorial

  • If like us, your selvedges are still attached, now is the time to trim them off.

last minute table runner tutorial

  • Centre the open seam in the middle of the fabric. Just line it up your mat to find the half way mark or you can eyeball if you wish. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Pin and sew the edge with a half inch seam.

last minute table runner tutorial

  • Repeat the process for the opposite end but leave an opening of about 4″ to enable you to turn the table runner through.

last minute table runner tutorial

  • You can see how the opening will look in the image below.

last minute table runner tutorial

  • Clip each of the 4 corners taking care not to cut through the stitches. This will provide for sharper corners when you turn the table runner through.

last minute table runner tutorial

  • Reach into the opening and pull the fabric through.

last minute table runner

  • Iron the table runner.
  • Top stitch around the entire edge of the table runner with a quarter inch seam. This will seal the opening.
  • Top stitch a second stitch approx 1 ½” inches from the edge.
  • You can use decorative stitches if you prefer.

last minute table runner tutorial

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Brother Scan N Cut Tutorial: Corner Pop-Up Card Using ScanNCut Canvas

pop-up corner card tutorial using scanncut canvas

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to start creating and with this tutorial, you will be able to make a cute little corner pop-up card that you can embellish in so many different ways to make it unique to you.

In the video below, we take you through the process of creating the card template using ScanNCut Canvas and it’s actually pretty easy. Once the template is created, you can use it again and again for all sorts of different occasions.

What You Will Need

  • Card Stock
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Glue
  • Embellishments of your choosing
  • Ribbon (optional)

You can access ScanNCut Canvas here.

corner pop up card scan n cut canvas

corner pop up card scan n cut canvas

corner pop up card scan n cut canvas

—Watch the full video tutorial—

Quick & Easy Strip Placemat Tutorial Using Jelly roll Strips

We love ‘quick and easy’ sewing projects and this one certainly fits the bill. This placemat goes together with just a few strips of fabric (you can use jelly roll strips) and some backing fabric. This is a great one to use for special holidays like Halloween or Christmas by simply changing up the fabric.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

***Watch the video tutorial for this project at the end of this post***

What You Will Need

  • 6 strips fabric – 2 ½” x width of fabric (we used Moda Jelly Roll strips, but you could cut your own strips.
  • 2 strips for the sashing – 1 ½” x 12 ½”
  • 1 piece for backing – 19″ x 14 ½”
  • 1 piece of batting – 19″ x 14 ½”
  • 2 strips for binding – 2 ¼” x width of fabric

  • Take your 6 strips and sew them together using a 1/4″ seam.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Trim off the selvedges at one end.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Cut at 17″.
  • You will have enough in this sewn strip to create two placements so you can cut another 17″ section from your strip.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • From that 17″ piece, cut 4 ½” from one end and then another 4 ½” further from that cut.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Take the middle piece and flip it.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Now it’s time to add your sashing pieces. Simply sew each piece onto the rectangular pieces with a quarter inch seam.
  • Then sew all three pieces together.

  • Create your quilt sandwich, pin the quilt and quilt. Place your backing fabric face down, add your batting and then your quilt top face up.

  • We quilted the placemat using straight 1″ lines and we drew the sewing lines with a Frixion pen which disappears after ironing.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Once you have finished quilting, trim the edges and attach the binding.
  • You are done!

 

Brother ScanNCut Blooming Flower Popup Card Tutorial

How many times have you been looking for a pretty card for that special friend or family member and just can’t seem to get the right one? Well we have a number of card and envelope templates  available in our store that are sure to help you out. But here is one that is sure to get that WOW response and we have provided a free tutorial to show you how to create it using ScanNCut Canvas.

There are a lot of videos on YouTube on how to make these types of cards, but we have gone one step further and converted the pattern to Brother ScanNCut cutting files. After all why fiddle around cutting out bits of paper with scissors when you have your ScanNcut to do it for you. And we all know it does a fantastic job of cutting out your shapes, neatly and cleanly.

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This video shows you how to create the template fcm file for the Blooming card in ScanNCut Canvas.

Flower Pop Up SVG file:  Download (right click to download)

Products used in this tutorial:

More detail on how to assemble the card:

Once you have folded the petals as shown in the video:

  • Place the glue on each piece as shown by the dots in the images below. Place the glue on the tips of the petals, not the entire petal.

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

blooming pop up flower card tutorial, brother scan n cut

 

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