I want to share a quick tutorial for a fast and easy tablerunner tutorial. Summer time is the perfect time to sit out on the deck and have one of my beautiful batik string tablerunners on the table. Fresh flowers picked from my garden adds a nice touch. Updated post from June 2015
When I designed my Summer Flowers quilt, I used a 10 inch stack of batiks from Island Batik and had quite a bit leftover. This collection was called Budding Blooms and isn’t available anymore but this would also be a great project for bright scraps in your stash.
I decided to cut the leftovers into little strips for a string runner.
I couldn’t wait to layout the quilt strips for my tablerunner.
I have several tutorials that go into more detail on making a String Tablerunner so I’m just going to make this a short little tutorial, I’ll list the links to the tutorials below. This tablerunner can be made any size, just cut more strips for the strings. I had a small narrow cabinet in the basement and I wanted so cover one end with a runner.
- 40 – 1.5 inch x 10 inch strips
- 12 inch x 40 inch muslin for backing
- 12 inch x 40 inch batting
The fastest way to make a quilted tablerunner is to do the QAYG method – quilt as you go. Layout your backing, place the batting on top of it and then sew the strips on top of this.
I always start in the center of my tablerunner. With batiks you don’t have to worry about a wrong or right side which is one of the reasons I always love working with them. If you are using any other fabric then you would want to place the first strip on your batting/backing right side up and then lay the next one right side down on top of it.
Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Finger press open and then add your next strip, continue to do this across the entire tablerunner.
You could also sew all of the strips together and then add your quilting when you are done, both methods work.
There are forty 1½” x 10″ batik strips in this table runner. I decided to just sew them all together and then added batting and a backing and did a free-motion wiggle stitch on the seams.
I cut two strips of binding from a matching blue batik and sewed the binding on by machine. I used my 15-91 vintage Singer sewing machine.
It measures 10″ x 38″ and is perfect for using leftovers. It could be made smaller but this is perfect for the space I want to use it. I have a green table runner that I made last year for this spot but I thought the bright fun colors would be perfect for this summer.
I have been making printables lately and thought this would make a neat background for a Free Weekly Planner that you can download and use.
What is your favorite way to make strip tablerunners? One more question for you – if you like printables is there something you would like for me to create? I am working on a printable that I’ll be able to use when I create a blog post and I’ll be able to check off all the things that need to be done before the blog post goes live. Enjoy!
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