Christmas Tree Runner Tutorial

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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″

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial with plant

The table runner is made using 2½-inch strips of fabric and then sub-cutting them to the right size.

Fabrics needed:

  • 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?

Christmas Trees Tablerunner tutorial pieces

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
Christmas Trees Tablerunner tutorial making HSTs half square triangles

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
Christmas Trees Tablerunner tutorial measurements of the blocks

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.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial block rows

Here are the tree limbs ready to be sewn into a block.

The completed Christmas tree block is 10½ x 10½ inches square.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial block completed

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Make 3 blocks, I switched the color order on the middle tree.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial 3 blocks

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.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial block sashing

Sew them together as shown below.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial block sashing

Sew the sets to both sides of your center block. Now sew the other trees to the centerpiece.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial block sashing

I used premium muslin for the backing and Warm & Natural batting. I did a simple free-motion stipple quilting on the background.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial add batting

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.

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial on the deck

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.

Christmas tree table runner resized bigger

Looking for more Christmas quilt tutorials? Check them out!

Christmas Tree Tablerunner tutorial on oval table

Would you like a downloadable PDF?

Christmas Tree Table Runner tutorial
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  1. Why didn’t you just make the green’s longer and add the square at the end with a diagonal stitch and trim? It would be less sewing and looks better. You did that on the dividing sections.

  2. Cecilia Thex says:

    I can’t find where to print out this tutorial?

  3. Love the trees – I might throw a couple of your trucks on there too! One with a tree, one with gifts….your truck pattern is a big hit here. Used it for 3 quilts so far in different colors, for different seasons.

  4. Sandy Wootten says:

    Very cute runner. Appreciate your generosity and lovely patterns

  5. Cheryl Collins says:

    This is gorgeous. Would love to see this in a round version for a round table,

  6. So sorry!! Decided to make a tree–and discovered that adding a completed strip provides a lovely point!!

  7. As a quilter looking for a gift for a dear friend in this time of avoiding stores, I loved this runner. However–you show an impossibility: if you have a pattern piece divided in half diagonally, you cannot attach another piece to the side with the point without destroying the point! Yet, photos show beautiful points, How did you manage that?

  8. Thank you so much for the great tutorial and such an adorable gift idea!

  9. Carol Kolosso says:

    I love the simplicity of your tutorial and your pattern. This will be a great gift for my married kids for Christmas! Thank you! Carol Kolosso

  10. My first visit to your site and I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful patterns and finished projects. You have given me the confidence to create something beautiful.

  11. Cassandra says:

    Hi Connie! I like ve thys runner so much. Do you happen to know the yardage needed for this runner? Thank you!

    1. Hi Cassandra, I believe I was using fabrics in my stash and didn’t pay attention to the yardage I used but I’m sure you could use fat quarters of the greens, a half yard or less for the background and one fourth of a yard for the striped binding. Good luck!

  12. Tracy Smith says:

    I am glad I spotted this on Pinterest, going to make it this week. Thanks!

  13. Mari Keenen says:

    Hi . . I’m a little late to the party, and just found this tutorial. I love it . . definitely on my to do list. I see mention of a mini table runner, but I can’t seem to find it . . . can you direct me to it ?

    Thanks !

  14. I love your table runner and your easy to follow tutorial made me believe I could make it for next Christmas. Who knows maybe my friends will find one in their stockings too!

  15. This tree runner is very nice, it adds some more Christmas atmosphere to the house!

  16. Excellent tutorial, Connie!! Thanks sew much!

  17. The Quiltwhinny says:

    Thanks, Connie. A real eye catcher. Thanks for the great tutorial. Barb

  18. The Quiltwhinny says:

    It,s simple and eye catching! Your tutorial is so clear. Thanks, Connie!

  19. This is great. Going to have to get hot spot so I can show this to my mom she doesn't have internet

  20. I love the tree table runner. I was trying to figure out what I was going to make this year. Now I know. I thank you for the pattern.It is darling.

  21. Connie, I love your creativity and especially this Pine Tree block! I posted your site on my facebook wall. Our church quilters are going to have "Christmas in July" and this is a super block for us! We make lap quilts for Veterans, Child Protective Service, Elder Care & Domestic Violence homes and your ideas will stitch up into lovely, comforting quilts.

  22. I found your tutorial for this beautiful Christmas Tree runner at Madame Samm and I have finished it yesterday evening. I love it and it is laying just in front of me.
    Thank you and Happy Christmas to you.

  23. Bue sydonie says:

    C'est très joli… Merci de nous expliquer comment faire ….

  24. Jenniffier says:

    What a cute little table runner.

  25. vtquilter says:

    That a great tutorial and table runner. Very cute.

  26. Great tutorial! Love the pines as we live in the middle of pine trees! I may need to put this one on my list!
    Thanks for linking up to the Minutes for Me Linky Party!
    Have a great weekend!

  27. Cool table runner, Connie! I like that you used different fabrics for the tree to give it more depth. Thanks for the tutorial — I'll definitely be back to use it, but it may not be for this year. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  28. Oh, this is so gorgeous! I have some green batiks that would be just perfect to make one of these too… thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  29. Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives says:

    Hi, Connie, the Christmas tree runner is beautiful. And thank you for doing a tutorial on it.
    Merry Christmas

  30. Fabulous idea for the pine tree runner. It is so nice of you to share it as a tutorial.

  31. Melissa @ Happy Quilting says:

    This table runner is so adorable!!! I love it!!! Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial. I need to get one of those rulers for the HST 🙂 That would save me some serious time 🙂 Thanks for linking up 🙂

  32. The table runner is so cute – I really like the fabric you used for the trees.

  33. Connie, your tutorial is wonderful! You are a definite pro with your explanations and pictures…a gorgeous table runner and love the mug rug as well!