Batik String Summer Table Runner

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I want to share a quick tutorial for a fast and easy batik string table runner tutorial.

Summertime is the perfect time to sit out on the deck and have one of my beautiful batik string table runners on the table. Fresh flowers picked from my garden adds a nice touch.

Batik String Summer Table Runner
Batik String Summer Table Runner

Easy Batik Strings Summer Table Runner
10″ x 38″

When I designed my Summer Flowers quilt, I used a 10-inch stack of batiks from Island Batik and had quite a bit left over.

Island Batik Stack of 10 inch batiks

This collection was called Budding Blooms and isn’t available anymore but this would also be a great project for bright scraps in your stash.

I decided to cut the leftovers into little strips for a string runner. Isn’t this a beautiful photo? All of the colorful batiks are on a glass tabletop.

Budding Blooms batiks stack cut into narrow strips

I couldn’t wait to lay out the quilt strips for my table runner.

Cutting the batik strips outside on the deck table

I have several tutorials that go into more detail on making a String Tablerunner so I’m just going to make this a short little tutorial, I’ll list the links to the tutorials below.

String Runner Batik Strips on table

This table runner can be made any size, just cut more strips for the strings. I had a small narrow cabinet in the basement and I wanted to cover one end with a runner.

Narrow cabinet in the basement with string runner

Batik String Summer Table Runner Tutorial


  •  40 – 1.5 inch x 10 inch strips
  • 12-inch x 40-inch muslin for the backing
  • 12-inch x 40-inch batting

The fastest way to make a quilted table runner is to do the QAYG method – quilt as you go. Layout your backing, place the batting on top of it and then sew the strips on top of this.

I always start adding the strips to center of the table runner and work my way to each end.

Sewing the batik strip strings together QAYG style

 With batiks, you don’t have to worry about a wrong or right side which is one of the reasons I always love working with them.

If you are using any other fabric then you would want to place the first strip on your batting/backing right side up and then lay the next one right side down on top of it.

Sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Finger press open and then add your next strip, continue to do this across the entire table runner.

Sewing together the batik strips for the string tablerunner

You could also sew all of the strips together and then add your quilting when you are done, both methods work.

Sew the string strips together first

There are forty 1½” x 10″ batik strips in this table runner. I decided to just sew them all together and then added batting and a backing and did a free-motion wiggle stitch on the seams.

Free motion wiggle stitch quilting on table runner

I cut two strips of binding from a matching blue batik and sewed the binding on by machine. I used my 15-91 vintage Singer sewing machine.

String Batik Tablerunner outside in garden

The batik strings table runner measures 10″ x 38″ and is perfect for using leftovers. It could be made smaller but this is perfect for the space I want to use it.

I have a green table runner that I made last year for this spot but I thought the bright fun colors would be perfect for this summer.

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If you liked this post, you’ll want to take a look at my more detailed tutorials for string tablerunners:

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  1. I love working with strings too. I usually put mine on a slight diagonal to give it even more effect. Your runner is very bright and cheery. How’s Mr. Mickey doing?

  2. Valerie Reynolds says:

    That table runner adds the perfect spot of color doesn't it! Enjoy!

  3. Lorna McMahon says:

    Wow! Your (er… I mean his) new kitchen is beautiful! And your bright and fun runner is perfect for adding a dash of happy. Nice work, as always, Connie!

  4. Faythe Fukumoto says:

    very pretty and colorful table runner..looks really nice there on your patio

  5. I love that runner! So bright and cheerful! Gee, can you guess what I'll be picking up when I go to the quilt shop this afternoon?

  6. Nope, I did not guess table runner when seeing the strips the other day. I wasn't sure what you may have been making. You crack me up with the 'one kitchen is enough for me' comment. LOL My Grandma had a second kitchen, VERY small, just oven, refrigerator, and a bar type counter with storage below in their basement. I don't know it was used other than for the holidays for extra space and cooking, but it came in handy when the whole family was there. They only had 3 children, but from those 3 children, one had 2 children, another had 3, and the last had 5 so there were a lot of people.

  7. He did a great job Connie. Looks good! Can I say I am once again totally jealous of you? More and more we seem to have the same likes because I spotted the one thing I SO much want in my own kitchen before I looked at the ceiling. LOL You have my kitchen table and chairs. I wanted to remodel my kitchen into a 50's type look with the black and white floor and those chairs and the table.

  8. What a beautifully bright runner! And a great way to get some color in to your life!!

  9. Your runner is so pretty and looks great with the yellow flowers. It looks so inviting.

    It looks like Bob has a good summer project going.

  10. Catherine says:

    Hi Connie,
    I love your colourful table runner. Happy colours! I started following yesterday on Bloflovin and have posted on your link party page for the first time today.

  11. Createology says:

    Summer is in full bloom with this Island Batik table runner. Bright and cheerful! Builder Bob certainly knows how to have fun…kind of like my double engineer Mr. C. June JOY…

  12. Anastasia Solovieva says:

    It's beautiful! I love those bright summer colors! 🙂

  13. Libby in TN says:

    I thought about you as I was driving along the Mississippi River this morning leaving Fulton, IL — imagining one of those riverfront homes was yours!

  14. Missy Shay says:

    What a fun colored table runner!

  15. Two kitchens? I'm jealous. I feel like I only have half a kitchen these days.

    Your runner is so bright and pretty.

  16. Very bright and cheery! Two kitchens? Since cooking isn't on my list of favorite things to do, one is sometimes one too many!