Fast and Easy Table Runner tutorial

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Looking for a fast and easy table runner tutorial? You’ll be able to make this up in no time and it is the perfect quilt project to try out some simple free motion quilting.

Fast and Easy Table Runner tutorial

12″ x 28″

Quick and easy Table Runner tutorial easy to make

If you are like me, you may have a few quilt fabric charm packs or mini charm packs in your stash and have been wondering what to make with them.

One of my favorite things to make is a table runner. These can be made any size you like depending on where you’ll use it. This makes a great last-minute gift or a fast and easy quilt project.

I used a little pack of Luna Notte by 3Sisters for Moda. It has 40 pieces of 2½ x 5-inch fabric, I don’t believe you can buy this size anymore but you can use two mini charm packs or one regular charm pack. You could also cut 2½ inch squares of scrap fabrics.

Quick and easy Table Runner tutorial Luna Nutte charm squares

Fabric requirements:

  • 80 – 2½ inch squares
  • batting – 14″ x 32″
  • backing – 14″ x 32″
  • 2 – 2½” strips the width of fabric for binding

Use a ¼” seam allowance

  • Randomly piece the squares together
  • You can sew rows of 6 squares first
  • Make 14 rows

Then I just randomly picked the pieces and sewed them together. This piece is 6 x 14 blocks and used every single one of them.

Quick and easy Table Runner tutorial easy to make row to make

Place your backing and batting under the table runner and quilt as desired. I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine which only does a straight stitch.

I did a little free-motion serpentine type of quilting along all of the rows. If you looked closely at the quilting you would see that it isn’t perfectly spaced but it works great for me.

Quick and easy Table Runner tutorial quilting

I had a black fabric in my stash that worked for the binding.

I cut two widths of 2½ inch strips and sewed my binding onto the top of my runner. Then I fold over and stitch in the ditch on top using my machine quilt binding tutorial.

Quick and easy Table Runner tutorial adding binding using my binding tutorial

The next photo gives you a better idea of what the quilting I did look like. You’ll see me use this style of free motion quilting a lot.

Table runner with the back showing

The finished size of this fast and easy table runner is 12 x 28 inches. I like small table runners. If you used a regular charm pack you could make, one to keep and one to give as a gift!

Quick and easy Table Runner tutorial easy to make on table

I think the table runner looks perfect on my great-grandmother’s trunk that she brought over from Norway.

Quick and easy Table Runner tutorial easy to make on antique chest

I was planning on taking the table runner outside today but the wind is blowing so hard that it would end up in the next county…..or if it went towards the river in another state!

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25 Comments

  1. Yes Connie that is the one. Thank you so much for finding it.
    Enjoy your little fur babies!!

  2. Happy Cottage Quilter says:

    Love this table runner. And I love the quilting!!

  3. Great minds…
    I just did a quickie with another 3 Sisters line. Stop over and see it! I used insul-brite & made it more of a place mat size.
    Yours is great…just wish I had more of their fabric!

  4. I really like the quilting lines. It looks really pretty.

  5. grammajudyb says:

    Your little table runner is just what I have been looking for. Just the "kick start" I needed. I am going to use more nuetral muted squares and them applique some funky posies to sort of match a wall hanging I made from a kit. That's my plan, will let you know.

  6. That came out lovely. I'm a sucker for Moda packs! I may just have to put this one on my wish list!

  7. Love the colors, especially on the hope chest. Lovely as always Connie 🙂

  8. Cute – and I like the quilting!

  9. Such a cute table runner. Thank you for reminding me that sometimes, something as simple as sewing squares together can give stunning results!

  10. Thanks for a great idea to use some of my Luna Notte scraps.

  11. thankyou i love this simple pattern.xx

  12. Really enjoyed the tutorial. The quilting you did is perfect for the runner. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Beautiful Connie. I love how you quilted it too.

  14. Super cute table runner and perfect for a gift. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Betty Lou says:

    Love the fabrics in your little table runner. Very pretty

  16. sweet little table runner Connie. I need to make one just like that.

  17. Love the quilting you did on that! Darling!

  18. Love the fabric and your quilting on this cute runner Connie! TFS
    ~Terry~

  19. Love your runner and the tutorial looks great. I know your river is pretty beautiful as a setting for your projects, but that chest is pretty wonderful too!

  20. Nice project, Connie. I especially love the quilting pattern you did. Super!