One of my most popular table runner tutorials is the 6 Square table runner. It has been some time since I made it and I decided it would be fun to make it again and even make it a little bigger.
I happened to have 2 mini charm packs that were the same and I used them for this table runner. In my 6 Square table runner, I used one mini charm pack but you really have to look at the fabrics in the charm packs.
This mini charm pack had quite a few light prints that I didn’t want to use. Luckily with 2 packs I had enough to make a table runner this size.
5-inch charm pack
I would recommend using a 5-inch charm pack that you cut into 2½-inch squares. You’ll have plenty left over for other projects or make a table runner for a friend.
7 Square Table Runner
20″ x 45″
Sew with an ¼-inch seam allowance.
- Cut 56 – 2½” print squares
- Cut 56 2½-inch cream squares
- Cut 7 – 1½-inch x 14½-inch cream strips for sashing
- Borders – cut cream – 2 – 3½-inch x 14½-inch cream pieces and 2 – 3½-inch x 45-inches
Sew each print square to a cream square. Repeat this step 56 times.
Each block section will be made up of 7 rows of these.
Randomly layout your blocks and sew the sections together. Make 8 sections made up of 14 – 2½-inch squares.
Sew all of the sections together and then add the 3½-inch borders adding the sides first and then the top and bottom.
Next you will want to add your backing and batting and quilt it. I have mine pinned on my cutting table and ready to go. Please ignore the mess on the shelves. I recently bought a Eight Hole Sugar Mold Candle Holder that holds my scissors and other items I like to keep handy.
I did the same straight line quilting that I did on the 6 Square table runner. I decided not to space the lines as close on this table runner.
Normally, you would add a walking foot to your sewing machine when you want to do straight stitch quilting. I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer and even though I bought a walking foot specifically for old machines, it doesn’t seem to work very well. Normally I would just put on my free-motion foot and quilt that way. If you have a newer sewing machine a walking foot works great.
Instead, I just quilted the straight lines with my regular foot which caused some stretching. I don’t recommend quilting this way.
I had to piece the backing so I added a row of some of the leftover light prints. The rest of the squares from the mini charm packs went into my scrap storage containers which are getting pretty full.
Now you can see the difference in the size of the table runners. You can always make your table runner smaller or larger. Remember, you can also use fabrics from your stash for a scrappy look. I still plan on making this again in Christmas fabrics.
Don’t forget to check out my 6 Square table runner tutorial and free downloadable pdf.
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