Are you thinking about the holidays and wishing you had a beautiful quilted table runner?
Well, keep reading as I have a fast & easy Christmas Tree Runner tutorial to share with you!
This Christmas tree table runner could easily be made before the holidays and can go along with the little mini Christmas tree mug rug that I showed yesterday.
Christmas Tree Runner Tutorial
10″ x 38″
The table runner is made using 2½-inch strips of fabric and then sub-cutting them to the right size.
- 4 Fat Quarters – different greens for the Christmas trees or 1/8 of a yard of 4 different greens for the 2½-inch strips
- 3 – Scraps of brown fabric at least 2½-inch square each
- 1½ yards cream for background and backing
- 1/3 yard stripe fabric for blocks and binding
Here is the layout of each block, can you tell I am a visual person?
I used 4 different prints for each tree.
You are going to make easy half-square triangles by cutting your background fabric and tree fabric into 2½ inch x 2½ squares so let’s get started on the half-square triangles.
- Cut 2 – 2 ½ x 2½ blocks of each tree fabric and 8 – 2½ x 2½ background fabric
- Place the tree fabric right side up and the background fabric right side down on top of it
- Draw a line diagonally across, this will be your stitching line
- Stitch the seam
- Press the seam toward the tree print and trim off the 2 back pieces – this will make one half square triangle block
- Repeat the steps to make one more of each color
Now that you have your half-square triangles (HST’s) we are going to add the rest of the pieces.
I have marked the sizes on the photo below so you can save this to your computer for easy reference. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Cut the following to complete each tree in the Christmas Tree Runner Tutorial
- Row 1: add 2 – 2½ x 3½ cream rectangles
- Row 2: add 2 – 2½ x 2½ cream squares and add 1 – 2½ x 2½ matching green print square
- Row 3: add 2 – 2½ x 1½ cream squares and add 1 – 2½ x 4½ matching green print rectangle
- Row 4: add 1 – 2½ x 6½ matching green print rectangle
- Row 5: add 2 – 2½ x 4½ cream rectangles and add 1 – 2½ x 2½ brown square for the trunk
I have marked the sizes on the photo so you can save this to your computer for easy reference. I used a 1/4 inch seam.
Here are the tree limbs ready to be sewn into a block.
The completed Christmas tree block is 10½ x 10½ inches square.
Make 3 blocks, I switched the color order on the middle tree.
Cut 2 background cream strips 2½ x 10½ and 4 – 2½ x 2½ squares from the binding fabric – I used a stripe fabric.
Sew the stripe squares to the ends the same way you did the HST’s. Then sew them together. You will need 2 sets of these.
Sew them together as shown below.
Sew the sets to both sides of your center block. Now sew the other trees to the centerpiece.
I used premium muslin for the backing and Warm & Natural batting. I did a simple free-motion stipple quilting on the background.
I cut 3 – 2½-inch x 40″ strips the width of the striped fabric, I really like the way that turned out and used my machine binding tutorial for it.
The runner looks a little funny on my table but that is okay as this is going to my daughter and she has a long buffet in her dining room, I hope she likes it!
I also used my Christmas tree block to make a wider table runner that you might enjoy.
Looking for more Christmas quilt tutorials? Check them out!
Would you like a downloadable PDF?