Christmas Table Runner using Half Square Triangles

Here we are again, it’s almost Christmas and if you are like me you will have left some things until the last minute. I really do start out the year with the best of intentions, but this year just flew by. I still can’t believe we are here in December.

So it’s time to make our annual Christmas table runner and this year is is super simple as it’s made entirely from half square triangles. I love HST blocks, they are so versatile and you can create so many different designs just by flipping them around.

This is a diamond styled table runner.

What You Need

  • Cut twenty 5″ squares in contrast 1 – I used white
  • Cut twenty 5″ squares in contrast 2 – I used blue
  • A piece of batting measuring approx 44″ x 18″
  • A piece of backing – half a yard

Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for written instructions

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We’ll start by making the half square triangles.

  • Place one piece of blue on top of one piece of white, with right sides together.

  • Draw a line from one corner to the other on the diagonal.

Use chalk, removable fabric pen or a frixion pen.
Please DO NOT use a ball point.

  • Sew a ¼” on either side of the line that you drew.

  • Slice along the drawn line.

  • You will now have 2 half square triangles.

  • Lay out the squares as shown in the image below.

  • We are now ready to sew the blocks together for form the quilt top. If you need help on how to do this, watch the video above for the step-by-step process.
  • Once you have sewn the table runner top together, you can create your quilt sandwich.
  • They the backing fabric face down, cover with the batting piece and then with the table runner top.
  • I like to use 505 fabric adhesive spray to hold the three layers together but you can use pins (or both like I do).

  • Quilt as desired. I am just going to stitch in the ditch. (Watch the video above for the exact quilting I used.) If you are going to do heavy quilting you will want to add a couple of inches to your batting and backing.
  • Add your binding. I am not going to go through that here as we do have a step by step video and written instructions on how to add a binding.

And here we have the completed table runner.