This Charm Square Christmas Table Runner is a quick and easy project to dress up your Xmas table or sideboard. These table runners also make great Christmas gifts for friends and family.
The completed table runner measures 18½” x 40½”, but you can make it longer or wider by adding more charm squares.
I used a charm pack for the white squares and cut my own 5″ squares from the blue fabric that I had on hand. If you need to know how to cut 5″ squares you can see our tutorial here.
What You Need:
- 36 squares @ 5″ x 5″ – 18 squares each of 2 contrasting colours.
Backing – 20½” x 42½” ( for light quilting – add approx 4″ for tight quilting or if you are using a longarm machine.
- If your backing fabric measures 42″ across the width of the fabric you will need 3/4 of a yard.
- If your backing fabric isn’t longer than 42″ across the width of the fabric you will need 1 ¼ yards.
Batting – 20½” x 42½”( for light quilting – add approx 4″ for tight quilting or if you are using a longarm machine.
Fabric for binding – 4 strips of fabric measuring 2¼” x Width of Fabric
TOOLS USED IN THIS TUTORIAL
- Lay out your squares out so that you have 9 rows of 4 squares.
- Arrange the squares how you want them to look when the table runner is finished.
- Sew the squares in each row together.
- Sew with a ¼” seam.
- Press the seams in each row in the opposite direction to the seams in the previous row.
- Once the squares have been joined into 9 rows, it’s time to start sewing the rows together.
- I usually sew the top two rows together, then the next two rows together and so on.
- As we have 9 rows there will be one row of squares left over that will be added on to the last 2 rows.
- The rows will nest nicely because of how we pressed the seams.
- Once the rows have all been sewn together it is time to add the backing and the batting.
- I have cut the batting and the backing approx 2″ wider and longer than the quilt top. I am only going to do linear quilting. If you are going to do heavy quilting or quilt with a longarm quilter then you will want to add at least 4″ to the batting and the backing.
- Form the quilt sandwich (top, batting, backing) and spray the layers together, or you can pin the layers together with quilting pins, or you can even do both.
- Now it’s time to quilt.
- Using a walking foot, I am going to sew ¼” down either side of the seam line.
- I start quilting on the center row and work out to the sides.
- Trim the quilt.
- Add the binding.
- If you need help with adding the binding here is a link to our binding tutorial.
Please note that in the binding tutorial we used a 2½” strip. In this video I used 2¼” strips. But this is a personal choice and the binding works with either size.