Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine's Day Reversible Table Runner Tutorial

Please welcome my first guest poster, Candice!

Hello! My name is Candice and I blog over at Made With Love, and am the woman behind Squirmy Worm Studio


As a part of the Sew Full of Love Week, I'd love to share five things that I love (of course, in no particular order!): my Miniature Schnauzer, family and friends, Gap, Real Simple magazine, and beautiful fabrics!

I have to say that I was stoked when Tammie invited me to share my tutorial, as the blogging community is always so generous with free tutorials; it excites me being able to give back to the community! A big thank you to Tammie for hosting the Sew Full of Love Week! :)



Valentine's Day Reversible Table Runner Tutorial...


Materials:
  • Main Focus Fabric (Front and Back Border): 1/2 yard
  • Coordinating Fabric (Front Border and Back): 1/2 yard
  • Binding: 2.25" x +/- 113"
  • Quilt Batting: 13.5" x 40"
  • Heat n' Bond (optional)
  • Sewing Machine
1. From the Main Focus Fabric, cut one 9.5" x 36" piece for the Front of the table runner, and two 2.5" x 13.5" and two 2.5" x 36" pieces for the Border on the back side.

2. From the Coordinating Fabric, cut two 2.5" x 13.5" and two 2.5" x 36" pieces for the Border on the front side, and cut one 9.5" x 36" piece for the Back of the table runner.

3. With right sides together, and using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the 2.5" x 36" Border pieces to the Main Focus Fabric (9.5" x 36") .Press seams toward the darker fabric.


4. Repeat Step #3, sewing the 2.5" x 13.5" Border pieces to the Main Focus Fabric (9.5" x 36"). Press seams toward the darker fabric.

5. The back of the table runner will be the inverse of the front, so with right sides together, sew the 2.5" x 36" Border pieces to the 9.5" x 36" Coordinating Fabric. Press seams toward the darker fabric.

6. Repeat Step #5, sewing the 2.5" x 13.5" Border pieces to the Coordinating Fabric. Press seams toward the darker fabric.


7. Sandwich the quilt batting between the wrong sides of the Front and Back of the table runner and quilt as desired. (Note- I quilted diagonal lines, spaced at about 2.25" which mimicked the fabric pattern.)


8. For the Binding, cut 2.25" strips and piece together for a total of +/- 113".(Note- I used various coordinating fabrics for the Binding, but you don't have to.Feel free to piece together the same fabric for a uniform Binding).To piece the strips, place the fabric right sides together, perpendicular to each other, and sew across the two strips at a 45 degree angle.Trim excess fabric at 1/4" and press seam open.


9. With wrong sides together, press the Binding in half.The table runner Binding will be sewn on just like quilt binding, so with a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the raw edge of the Binding to the back side of the table runner (leaving a +/- 6" tail from the start of the Binding).When approaching the corners, make sure to stop 1/4” from the corner, lift your needle and presser foot and fold the binding up onto itself. Fold the Binding down again, aligning the raw edges and resume stitching.




10. When approaching the start of the Binding, with right sides together, stitch the end of the Binding to the tail of the Binding (from Step #9).Finish sewing the raw edge of the Binding to the back side of the table runner.

11. Fold over the Binding to the front and hand or machine stitch the Binding in place, making sure to neatly miter the corners.


12. The reversible table runner is now complete, however should you want to add any additional elements feel free to!I chose to add 'love' to both ends of the table runner (which I cut out with Cricut), and backed with Heat n' Bond, which keeps the reversible functionality of the table runner.


13. Enjoy!

8 comments:

Sara said...

TUTE is marvelous!! I am liking the "LOVE" in there!

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for the post. This is EXACTLY what I need to get started on my project!

Party supplies said...

Thanks for this ideas for the valentine day celebrations.

Elizabeth said...

I just love this! I posted a link back on my Tutorial Tuesdays blogpost today! http://erraticallyelizabeth.blogspot.com/2011/02/tutorial-tuesdays.html

Jennifer said...

Wow, that is a beautiful table runner. I am so jealous of anyone who can sew. Thanks for coming over to my blog and entering the giveaway.

Lauranie said...

WoW!! What a nicely done tutorial! :) You make it seem so easy! It is really pretty!

craftytammie said...

love that giddy fabric!!! (psst it's on sale right now too http://stores.burgundybuttons.com/-strse-Fabric-by-Collection-dsh-Moda-cln-Giddy/Categories.bok) it's an excellent tutorial, thanks again.

aseret said...

I used your tutorial and made one of these this past weekend. It was my first go round with quilting. Thanks so much for the tutorial, mine turned out pretty good.

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