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Christmas Table Runner

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

Project by Gill Rich

Why not adorn your table with a bright and cheerful Christmas Table Runner. This easy to make project is fun to make and you can make it any size to suit the size of your table.

What you will need:-

  • Fat Quarter bundle – I used  'Santa and Reindeer'

  • Co-ordinating threads

  • Quilting square

  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat

  • Wadding

  • Backing fabric

  • Stick and spray temporary adhesive (optional)

All seam allowances are a  ¼”

1. Firstly you need to cut your fabric. I cut my squares at 4.5” and used 37. This made a table runner approximately 17” x 46”.

To start the runner, you need to place two squares next to each other for the first row. For the second row you need four squares. For the remaining rows you need 5 squares in each row until you reach the desired length of your runner. You then need to finish off with the four squares and two squares to match the other end. I had 5 rows of 5, 2 rows of 4 and 2 rows of 2.

2. Once you are happy with your placement of the squares, you then need to stitch them together as follows.

Stitch the two squares together, then stitch the four squares together. Press the seams open. Stitch the two rows together so that the row of two is in the middle of the row of four.

Take the next five squares and stitch together, again press seams open. Now, place these five squares in line at the top with the four squares and stitch together.

3. With the next row of five squares, place the first square next to the second square of the previous row, this will give the zig zag effect. Carry on in this manner until you have added all your rows of five squares.

4. To finish off, repeat the last two rows as you did for the first two rows. When you add each row, press the seams to one side as opposed to pressing them open.

You now have your finished table runner top. Give it a good press.

5. Now to add the backing and wadding.

Place your table runner on top of your wadding and backing fabric and cut around with a generous few inches either side. Make your quilt sandwich by placing your wadding on the bottom, your backing fabric right side up in the centre and your runner on top, facing down. Pin generously to avoid slipping whilst stitching. You can, if you wish, use a temporary spray to hold them in place.

6. Stitch around your quilt sandwich ¼” from the edge. I started on the two squares on the end and left a gap of approximately 6”  in the middle for turning right side out. Once you have finished stitching, you will need to clip into the corners to give a crisp edge when turning out. You will also need to cut off the corners on the outside edges of the squares. Turn right side out through the gap and give your quilt a good press ensuring that all the outside corners are turned through and the inside corners are neat.

Now to finish it off.

Top stitch all around your table runner ¼” from the edge.

7. Finally, decide how you want to quilt it. I decided to just stitch in the ditch in all the seams.

And there you have your finished Christmas Table Runner. The fabrics look great in this style runner and will brighten up any table during the festive season.

To see more from Gill, visit her on Instagram @designbygill66

Made by Gill Rich for The Craft Cotton Company 2020

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