I always enjoy decorating for the Christmas holidays and the other day I decided to make a new Christmas truck quilted table runner that is fast and easy to make.
You may remember that I was bidding on a vintage truck that I wanted to put in our yard and use as a prop for my quilt photos. Well, I didn’t win it but I couldn’t get the idea of an old truck out of my mind so I decided to make a table runner that has a vintage truck carrying a Christmas tree.
What do you think? Isn’t it cute!
13½” x 41½” table runner
Heat n Bond Lite is my favorite lightweight fabric adhesive to use when doing applique. I normally have tons of it on hand but with packing to move I couldn’t find any and finally ran to Walmart and picked up a pack.
I pulled out some pieces of batiks that were leftover scraps from quilt projects that I have made for Island Batik in the past.
This is a super fast and easy quilt project!
- Scraps of red, green, black, brown, and grey batiks (a layer cake of 10-inch squares will also work)
- ½ yard of a background fabric (I’m using a mini dot fabric)
- ¼ yard of green batik for the binding
- ½ yard of a backing fabric (I’m using premium muslin)
- Heat n Bond adhesive
- Black thread
- Schmetz Universal Needle Size 80/20
- Templates for the Christmas truck
- Cut your background fabric 13½-inches by 41½-inches or the length of your fabric
- Trace the Christmas truck templates onto the back of your Heat n Bond Lite. I have included templates for a truck facing left and right
- Cut out the template pieces and apply to your background fabric about 2½-inches from the edge on both sides
- Apply the truck first and center it, then add the other pieces
Tip: The Christmas truck applique can be used on a smaller table runner or even placemats – I plan on making some with different color trucks!
I like to place a piece of typing paper behind my fabric and applique to give it some stability before doing my free motion outlining. A Schmetz 80/20 needle works well for my applique work.
Below you can see the backside of my applique before I tear off the paper.
Here is a closeup of my stitching. There is nothing perfect about it but it works for me. I decided to stitch three times around everything.
Looks like I’m getting a flat tire on the back tire. I guess I didn’t do a very good job cutting out that tire.
I used my vintage 15-91 Singer to do my applique. It is just a straight stitch sewing machine.
If you have a newer sewing machine, you could do a zig-zag stitch or even a buttonhole stitch. I always seem to want to get mine done as fast as possible.
Quilt your table runner
Once you have your applique finished, tear off the paper, and add your backing and batting.
Once again I’m in a hurry, so I just did a simple stipple quilting. At first, I thought about doing diagonal lines and using the dots as a guide but then my sanity returned and simple quilting seemed best.
Trim your table runner and then add the binding. I cut three 2½-inch strips of the green and added my quilt binding by machine.
I found a few Christmas decorations that I could use for my photos.
Mr. Mickey was patiently waiting for me to get finished so we could go for a walk.
I didn’t add any quilting to the Christmas trucks on the table runner, this photo shows the quilting better.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing and includes the Christmas Truck templates.