Show Me How: Table Runner
Frame a panel of 2-1/2"-wide batik strips with piping for the center of a quick and easy table runner.
Hi, I'm Linda, and today on Show Me How brought to you by Baby Lock, we're going to show you how to make the strips table runner. Here we have the batik version, and you can download those instructions at allpeoplequilt.com/showmehowrunner. The batik version uses precut 2-1/2"batik strips. Today's version I'm going to show you uses precut 2-1/2" strips but in a softer palette. So let's get started. So for the batik strips table runner you're going to start with precut 2-1/2" strips, which makes this project go together really quickly. One set of about 40 or 42 precut strips will give you four table runners, so the great part is that you can really make multiples of this for gifts. Second, you need an eighth of a yard of your piping and that's just for one runner, and then you need a yard and half of backing, and that will do two runners for you. In addition you need the fusible fleece and that's for on the inside. For our project today we used a strip set that was more of a soft palette so you can see it's a nice, livable palette for any house, eighth of a yard of that trim, and then a yard and a half of the backing fabric. I started with a light center and kind of pushed the colors out going from light to dark and then back up to light at the ends. Alright, so I've got my strip set set up in order, and since I'm always going to pull from this strip set using the wrong sides or right-side down I'm going to flip that whole strip set over. Now as I pull, I'm going to pull that first strip and lay it right down on the place where it's going to be sewn. You can see now that I've sewn the first two strips together and here's my third strip. You do want to pay special attention if you've got something directional like lettering that you have them going the way you want. I wanted my letters going out, so that's how I've got it set up. Now I'm going to sew with a 1/4" seam allowance, and I'm going to use my quarter-inch foot, I really like how that just makes life easier. So sew a nice 1/4" seam. I did not trim my jelly roll edges where they're pinked. I just felt like I wanted to get this project done quickly and I don't think that really is going to make a big difference in my project in the end. Some people do like to trim those pinked strips--that's a personal preference. Once you finish sewing, we're going to cut that thread, and then you're going to press your seam allowance in one direction. So since I've been pressing towards the center here I'm going to continue and press that. And then as I said, I'm can just pick up that next strip and lay it right down. I don't have to turn anything over. That's why I like having the strip set right here. Once you've sewn all your strips together, you're ready to put on the piping. So for your piping strip, you're going to cut three strips across the width of your fabric, one inch wide. So you'll have three 1x42" strips of fabric. You're then going to piece those together and cut them so you have two 1x50-1/2" pieces of fabric. Those are your piping strips, and it's so easy to make this kind of piping. All you're going to do is fold your fabric wrong sides together, and press it well. Then just sew that on. And use a thread that matches very well because that stitching might show. You're going to sew it on at a 1/4", and you can see it's just a little flange but it really adds a nice decorative detail, because by the time you get the next seam sewn on there, you're just going to have a little 1/4" showing--really a nice contrast. So now that you've sewn the piping on both sides of your runner, you're going to cut your backing fabric and put that on. So your backing fabric is going to be 20-1/2" wide by 50-1/2" long, and it's going to form both the borders and the backing. So you're just going to match up those side seams with the piping sandwiched between and sew that backing on. And then once you've sewn that, you'll do the same thing on this side. And you'll have extra backing here, don't worry about that, because that's what's going to form those borders. And again you're going to match up these side seams and sew this seam at a 1/4" as well. So now you can see a tube. We've got a pieced runner center, your piping, and that backing fabric that's also your border. Don't turn it right side out yet, because you need to press first. So measure about 2" from your seam to the edge and that should be your measurement. If somewhere your seams are off a little, you want to make sure if nothing else, this panel is center so if this is 1-7/8" on both sides, that's okay. Just make sure you keep it even. You're going to press along that edge, making sure also to press your seams out first. so that'll give you a nice crisp edge to measure from. Once you've done that, you need to cut your fusible fleece, which I've already fused on. It's 16x50", and you'll see I've got a little 1/4" here and a little 1/4" on the other end that the fusible fleece is within, but I'm pretty close up to those edges on the fold part that I just pressed. You're going to fuse that fleece to the backing, because that's going to be the part that has least seams and bubbles so it's going to be easier. If you tried to fuse to this, you'd kind of get ridges in your runner. So once you've got that all fused in, then you can turn it right side out. So because of the way this runner goes together, there's no binding. You just have to turn in this edge, do you're quilting, and you're ready to go. Thanks for letting me show you how to make this easy table runner.