Honky Tonk Table Runner tutorial

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Table runners are always the perfect quilt project to give as a gift or have in your home. If you are new to quilting or just looking for a fast and easy table runner, then this Honky Tonk table runner tutorial is for you!

It is always fun to see what you can make with just a charm pack……do you have as many of them as I do?

Table Runner tutorial Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk Table Runner tutorial

Finished size 14″ x 32″

They are always neat to buy so you can see all of the fabrics in a group. I happened to pick up the Honky Tonk charm pack by Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda and a 1/4 yard of the brown solid which was from the same group for the binding.

Since I bought the charm pack some time ago, I doubt you’ll be able to find it unless you have a stash like mine!

Honky Tonk Charm Pack

Cutting the fabrics

The first thing I did was to remove the solid brown charm squares that were in the charm pack (I’ll use them in another project) and then I started cutting up some of the other charm squares.

Honky Tonk table runner tutorial fabrics cut
  • Pick 24 charm squares.
  • Take each square and cut it in half. You will have (2) 2 ½-inch x 5-inch pieces.
  • Cut one of the sections in half again for (2) 2 ½-inch x 2 ½-inch squares.
  • The other section should be trimmed to 4 ½-inches – for a 2 ½-inch x 4 ½-inch rectangle piece.

Layout the assorted pieces as shown below. Each block will use (2) 2 ½-inch x 2 ½-inch squares and (1) 2 ½-inch x 4 ½-inch rectangle. (in my photo I hadn’t trimmed the 5-inch x 2 ½-inch piece to 4½-inches yet).

Cutting up the charm pack

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout the entire project.

Stitch your blocks together and then turn them in different directions until you like the way your sections look.

Sew pieces together

Measure your table to see how long you would like it to be

I started out with 3 rows of 5 blocks and then added half rows to it.

I decided to make mine to fix a chest I have so I added an additional section of 2 – 2 ½” squares to the outside rows.

laying out the charm blocks for the runner

It still wasn’t long enough so I added another section to all three rows.

My final table runner is made of 3 rows of 8 blocks.

making the tablerunner fit the hope chest

Wouldn’t this look neat on the back of a chair!

Making the runner fit the back of a chair

All of the stitching and quilting was done on my 15-91 Singer sewing machine and for this project, I used an Aurifil thread that matched perfectly. I used brown fabric for my binding.

Singer sewing machine for quilting

As usual, I attached my binding by machine stitching so this table runner was ready to use in no time at all.

I used an old fabric from my stash for the backing and Warm & Natural batting. I also had enough of the charm squares left to make another runner, I’ll show that one soon.

Instead of doing a free motion meandering, I did a simple curved outline of each block. I made another table runner with the leftovers and the brown fabric which I’ll show you soon!

quilt as desired

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13 Comments

  1. Hi Connie, just loved the Honky Tonk table runner pattern, I am using Christmas scraps to make it. I have made the HST pinwheel table runner also. Just love both of them and I just love your site. Keep on threading on!

  2. I happen to have a stockpile of Honky Tonk, I think I bought it long ago with a project in mind and have since forgotten what the project was! I might need to make a few table runners or a quilt with this pattern!

  3. I don’t have charm packs but lots of pieces in my stash that I can us. You have a great eye for colour. Does your wheels ever stop turning? Ha ha.
    You have so many lovely table runners, quilts etc. Way to go girl! Love them all and many thanks for sharing.
    We are got snow today and into the night. Looking very pretty.

  4. I love the table runner. But thinking it is so warm looking that I’d make a quilt instead. Also like the simple steps of cutting the blocks. Thank you, you are a jewel .

  5. Hi Connie! I just love your table runner patterns. Thank you for all you do. I can’t wait to see what you post next. Good luck at the vet!

  6. I love your Table Runner and tutorial! TR are always fun and usually quick projects,plus they are perfect for scraps. Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful creative day!

  7. I only have one treasured charm pack and now this would be a wonderful project for using them. Creative Charm Bliss…

  8. Very nice tutorial! Great to have so many ways to use up all our charm packs! I have a stash of those too!

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