Create a beautiful table runner using fat quarters in no time at all!
Once again I’m sharing a tutorial for a fast and easy quilted table runner that I’m sure you’ll want to make!
Last week I went to a couple of quilt shops with some friends and had a lot of fun buying quilt fabrics for some new projects.
I also happened to find these beautiful yellow fat quarters on sale for just a dollar apiece and thought it would be fun to make a new table runner that I could use on my table right now as we go into our fall season.
Luckily I have a good sizes stash of fabrics so I was able to find a dark salmon fabric that matched perfectly. I don’t remember what I used this fabric for but I think it was a backing for some other quilt. The leftovers were long pieces and I even had some binding that I could use.
I am using fat quarters for two of the fabrics but you could also use yardage if that is what you have.
- (2) Yellow print fat quarters
- (1) Tan fat quarter
- (1) Dark Salmon 1/3 yard for 1½” strips and binding
- Backing 2/3 yard
- Batting 25″ x 42″
Finished table runner size: 17″ x 36″
Normally I make skinny table runners with strips of fabric but for this one, I wanted a wider table runner.
A fat quarter is 18″ x 22″
There was a selvage edge on my fat quarters so I cut off a 1½” piece that I added to my selvage stash. These are great to use for Selvage Mug Rugs! Check out the tutorial.
Using the 18″ as the fabric width, I then cut strips 2½” x 18″. I was able to get 7 out of one fat quarter. I needed 11 strips for the table runner so I used the other fat quarter for them.
Cut the following pieces:
- Yellow floral print – cut (11) 2½” x 18″ strips
- Tan fabric – cut (4) 2½” x 18″ strips
- Dark Salmon fabric – cut (6) 1½” x 18″ strips
Sew with a ¼-inch seam allowance. I like to start in the center of my table runner to sew the strips together.
My fat quarters were slightly different in width. Once I had my strips cut I made a crease in the middle of each one and matched this when I sewed the strips together. After quilting, I will straighten the sides of the table runner.
Use the following diagram to lay out and assemble your strips.
The dark yellow in the diagram below is the floral print.
Here you can see the layout of the strips a little better.
Finish Table Runner
- Layer table runner top, batting, and backing, and pin.
- Quilt as desired.
Here is a fast and easy way to quilt your table runner
Depending on your sewing machine, you may have a wavy stitch or if you are like me and using a straight stitch only sewing machine – you can do a free motion wavy stitch.
It isn’t perfect but it works for me, I stitch over the seams.
- Trim the sides of the table topper – my width ended up being about 17 inches.
- Cut (3) 2½” x width of fabric strips of the dark salmon fabric.
- Sew the strips together and machine bind your table runner using my tutorial – How to add binding to your quilt.
- I really like using Wonder Clips to hold down my binding for stitching.
This is the perfect size table runner for this library table.
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If you would like a wider table runner, cut your strips using the 22″ width.
This style of quilted table runner can be made to any width or length you want
I had to take the table runner outside and get a photo of it with my Castor Bean plants. I know they are poisonous but aren’t they beautiful! Once the seed pods dry I’ll harvest them for next year.
If you like striped table runners but like to add a little applique – take a look at my Sherbet Stripes table runner tutorial.
Remember I said I did some shopping at the quilt shops? Take a look at all of the beautiful fabrics I bought! I also was able to purchase some more of the license plates so I can make more of the Courthouse Rows placemats.
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