Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

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Are you looking for a beautiful table runner and matching placemats for your table? This is a quilt project that would look neat on your table at Christmas!

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

I used the beautiful Christmas fabrics Tis The Season by Ro Gregg to create a table runner and place-mats that will be perfect for the holidays.

The floral print used on the back of the runner and place-mats can make these reversible.

The finished size of the table runner is 18 x 40 inches and starts with three 10 inch blocks.

Tis the Season tablerunner and placemats

The placemats are 12 x 16 inches

Christmas placemats

Materials needed:

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

1 fat quarter bundle of Tis The Season by Ro Gregg or Christmas fabrics
1-yard dark red
1-yard cream
1 1/2 yard floral print

Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Make 2 blocks with red as the main color and 1 block with green main color.

Cut the following for each block:

  • A – Cut 5 – 3 inch squares
  • B – Cut 32 – 1 ¾ inch squares cream
  • C – Cut 6 – 1 ¾ x 3 inch – Dark Green Or Dark Red
  • D – Cut 6 – 1 ¾ x 3 inch – Light Green or Light Red
  • E – Cut 6 – 1 ¾ inch squares – Light Green or Light Red
  • F – Cut 4 – 1 ¾ inch squares – Light Green or Light Red
  • G – Cut 2 – 1 ¾ inch x 6 ¾ inch – Dark Green or Dark Red
Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Start out with the 5 – 3 inch blocks (A) and add the cream (B) 1 3/4 inch corners as shown.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Stitch diagonally on each square as shown, clip and press.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Each block uses 5 of these.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Continue adding the corner pieces to the 1 ¾ x 3 inch pieces. Look at the diagram to see which way the angle goes. There are also 2 – 1 ¾ inch x 6 ¾ inch pieces.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial
Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Here are the piece laid out for part of the block. You will make 2 of these.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

This is the center of the block.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Continue piecing together. Follow the diagram for placement.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

The final three sections.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Cream border:

4 – 1½ x 10½ cream

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

2 – 1 ½ x 34 ½ cream

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Block Border: Cut 2 ½ inch squares: 24 cream and 26 assorted prints.

Add 6 – 2 ½ inch squares to each side.
2 cream squares and 4 assorted print squares as shown.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Add 19 – 2 ½ inch squares to each long side.
10 cream squares and 9 assorted prints as shown.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

For the final border cut and add:

2 – 1 ½ inch x 16 ½ inch strips
2 – 1 ½ x 40 inch strips

Quilt as desired:

Binding – cut 3 strips 2 ½ inch by width of fabric. Bind as desired.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial
Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial


Make 4 place-mats 12 x 16 inches.

Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

Cut  2 ½ squares: 24 cream and 24 assorted prints

Make 6 rows of 8 squares.

Tis the Season table runner

Binding: cut 2 1/2 inch strips the width of the fabric. 3 strips will bind two place-mats using my binding tutorial.

Here is how it looks if you just want to see the backside.

Back of the table runner

 Tis the Season Table Runner Tutorial

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  1. Everything you make is so beautiful. Even the couch is rich and welcoming!! and with a great outdoors view. The table runners look so fun and easy to make. Hope I get time to make one of these beauties for Christmas!! I have just the spot for it. Christmas is in the air!!!!!!

  2. Our Quilt Guild makes table runners each year for each of the new Habitat home owners in our area. I have one started, but I just might have to make two this year to use your tutorial! I really enjoyed visiting "Inspired by Fabric"

  3. unfortuatley this year I don't have time for holiday sewing. I am trying to finish a quilt for our sons wedding, a baby quilt for Christmas and a civil war dress for myself, then helping our sons fiancé with her sewing.

  4. Gorgeous table runner, I love it! The only holiday crafting I've done so far is to make some christmas cards, but I will probably start some more projects soon.

  5. I'm in the process of starting some Christmas projects. I think this will be the year of pillows. Beautiful fabric in your giveaway bundle!

  6. I haven't started any gifts yet, but I need to decide soon if I am going to make anything and get going on it.
    Thanks for the great tutorial and the chance to win those beautiful fabrics!

  7. This is a lovely fabric collection. I am in the final stages of three quilts that are Christmas gifts for family members.

  8. I've just had a look at your tutorial. It seems verry clear and I think I might just have to add this to my to-do list!

  9. I have started making christmas ornaments. I usually hand them out as a little handmade gift along with a store bought one.

  10. I have bookmarked your tutorial. It looks fantastic. Thank you for a second chance. I commented over there too. 🙂

  11. Does having an unfinished Christmas quilt from last year count as starting a project for the holidays? If so, then yes, I have started a project. 😉

  12. I have started stockings for the newest two members to join our family this year. Yeah!!! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Judy C in NC

  13. I have started stockings for the latest two to join our wonderful family. Can't wait to start your table runner and placemats – just my style. Judy C in NC

  14. I have some ideas marked for Christmas presents, but I'm still doing up garden vegetables! Someday the yard won't call me as much and the sewing machine will get humming!

  15. Great tutorial Connie and really lovely projects , I especially love the table runner . I have started some Christmas sewing, a wall hanging and some decorated tea towels . Thanks for the chance .

  16. I have several christmas projects started…but most are on hold for a few weeks due to cornea surgery. Off to view your tutorial-I Love runners, and yours is beautiful!

  17. I left a comment on Inspired by Fabric – and that is such a good name because I am truly inspired by fabric!

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  18. I visited Inspired by Fabric and enjoyed all the items up to day 6 of the 12 days of Christmas ideas.

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  19. I have already started on my Christmas gifts – I try to give handmade gifts for all occasions and made 5 Christmas table runners in summer so that my visiting aunt could take them back to England for me to save a bundle on postage.

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  20. I viewed your tutorial. Love the table runner and especially would like to do the matching placemats! That fabric bundle is perfect!

  21. I haven't started any holiday projects. I am finishing up several large projects at work because I'm retiring Dec. 1. I may try to get a project or two in after that?

  22. I'm following Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin.
    Tis the Season runner and placements are definitely my cup of tea and I have a project and the fabrics to start this week.
    Your tutorial is spot on!
    Thank you.

  23. Gift card holders, kitchen towel trim (w last years scraps).
    Bought charm square packs but haven't cut or sewn anything yet.

  24. I wouldn't call it new, but I did pull out the Xmas quilt that I pieced last year and started quilting it this week… Thanks for sharing.

  25. I wouldn't call it new, but I did pull out the Xmas quilt that I pieced last year and started quilting it this week… Thanks for sharing.

  26. Connie; Great tutorial.It is time to get busy making Xmas gifts and that fabric and your pattern are just what I need…Gramma Val

  27. Yes and no. Everything got put on hold for the last month due to my 6 yr old granddaughter having had to surgeries, it was a long month. I have a lap quilt started for my youngest son her Dad and i don't know if I'll even get it finished in time. Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Hiya Connie!!! Loved the tutorial, your work is awesome. I haven't started on my projects yet, but they're up there in my head, lol. Thanks for having the giveaway!!! Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

  29. I give handmade ornaments for Christmas every year and this year's are already done! Other than that, I've got some ideas but haven't started sewing them yet.

  30. Just checked out your tutorial at Inspired by Fabric. Great job!. The table runner is gorgeous. Love the matching place mats too. Now I am getting anxious to start some Christmas sewing. 🙂

  31. Two Christmas pillows done! One of me and one for my DIL's mom. Early November, my group is having a 3 day retreat with a Christmas Project theme. There is sure to be some awesome projects completed there.

  32. I have so much I want to do, I have a baby quilt for my new and first grandbaby, plus a dress for myself, I have a beautiful dress I need to finish for a friend, and something for my DIL who just gave birth to the first grandson!

  33. I haven't started a Christmas project yet as I'm still trying to get Halloween out of the way. My Sister-In-Law always had a Pumpkin Party in October and I'm trying to finish a hostess gift for her.

    Then… I fully intend to start working on Christmas. Thanks for your beautiful tutorial!

  34. I absolutely love your table runner! I visited Inspired and saved a copy of your tutorial. I want to make this for my Mother-In-Law!

  35. I'm still finishing my summer projects, but I have good intentions to finish some sewn gifts! Thanks for your inspiring blog!

  36. I haven't started any new Christmas projects… I'm still trying to find the time to do last years! Or was it the year before?? LOL Great project and thanks for sharing your talent with us!
    array-dawn at cox dot net

  37. Connie, what a gorgeous table runner!! I just love it and left a comment with Inspired by Fabric.
    Happy sewing,
    array-dawn at cox dot net

  38. I love your Christmas runner and lovey bright fabric .I have started a Secret Santa gift for our sewing class Christmas party I am now going to look at Inspired by Fabric and save your tutorial to make later as I often make what you show us.Thanks Connie

  39. I have started one holiday project – Jenny of Elefantz Holiday Hostess tutorial. I'm starting the week after everyone else finished, but that's okay. =) Sooner or later, I have to make an ornament for an exchange and the tutorial above yours, for Day 6 looks very easy to do, so maybe that will be the one! Thank you for a second chance to win. And for not having the embedded comment box. =) dezertsuz at gmail.

  40. I love your table runner/placemat set. I tried to leave a comment on the other blog, but it has the embedded comment box that a lot of us can't use. It won't post it. The tutorial was very easy to follow, and there's still time to get this set done! Thanks for the giveaway – how generous that is! dezertsuz at gmail

  41. I just looked at your tutorial— and left a comment on the blog. Your tutorial makes this project look completely do-able! I'm adding this one to my list! 🙂

  42. I haven't started my Christmas projects yet, but have been thinking that it is HIGH time that I get started! LOL I love your table runner– it is beautiful!

  43. Love the table runner! Have some wool table runners in progress for gifts for my daughter, daughter in law, stepdaughter & stepdaughter in law. Thanks for reminding me to get going on them. Beautiful fabric bundle, would make a great table runner from your tutorial.

  44. I visited Inspired by Fabric and left a comment.
    I just love your table setting, Connie. The table runner and the place mats are so beautiful together. Thanks for the tutorial.

  45. I was trying to decide what pattern to use for a new Christmas table runner & you have solved my problem! Thank you!

  46. I came here from Inspired by Fabric. I've got to go check out the other tutorials because I need some more ideas.

  47. The only place I've started Christmas projects is in my mind 🙂 Love the table runner. tric99ciaatyahoodotcom

  48. I haven't started any yet, I'll make a couple of small things though, I'm just not sure what yet.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  49. Hi again! A few years ago, I started a Christmas/winter quilt. It's an ongoing project and I'm planning to start quilting in the following weeks.
    I'm currently crocheting houses and I last night I started to add snow and Christmas decorations on those houses.
    Also, I'm making Christmas cards with cardboard, fabric and buttons.
    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win such beautiful fabric!

  50. Hi! I visited Inspired by Fabric's blog and read your tutorial. As I said in their comment section, you beautifully arranged the various colors in the table runner. As you always do. I also like the fact that the place mats are not identical to the table runner but clearly match it.

  51. Great tutorial. the runner project is such a good one for giving. I have started totes to hold baked goodies for gifts! Left comment on tute, too!

  52. Yes bought the fabric for a Sidelight's pattern for Christmas and there it sits. Maybe this weekend at our guild's retreat (HA HA – have several others ahead of it.) Good tutorial. Keep that needle going. (Think might have been down in your neck of the state on a quilt bus trip this last weekend.) From northern Iowa . . . .

  53. Hi Conni.
    I have not started any christmass-projects yet, but I realy like your tablerunner, so maybe…… 🙂

  54. I have made a Linus quilt for a local Special Care Baby Unit as there like to have Christmas quilts for Christmas babies.
    And I am making some tote bags as gifts.

  55. Well, if ironing the fabric I am using for the Christmas quilt I am making this year counts. Then yes, I have started and I am hoping to get it finished before Christmas so the sewing will start soon.

  56. Your tutorial is terrific. Thanks for doing that. I know it takes a long time and is great that you share it for free!

  57. Alas we are painting the entire house, which means my sewing studio will be out of comission for several weeks!! No holiday sewing for me right now!

  58. I have been making 'snap bags" and have been making flannel sleep pants for the grandkids. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  59. I haven't started any holiday projects yet and really don't know if I'll get much done this year. But I hope to.

  60. I was at Inspired by Fabric's site first before coming to your blog and found your awesome tutorial. And yes, I made a comment there too before seeing I'd get a second chance here if I did.

  61. Oh my gosh Connie! THIS has to be one of my favorites of yours, if not the most favorite. I just adore the rich colors in this fabric collection and especially love the design you created for your runner using them.

    Darn it! Now I can't do anything at all considering my fingers will be crossed until the winner is drawn because this is the one I would love to have.

    Beautiful work Connie.
    OH guess I'd better follow the rules if I want a chance. Have I started any gifts yet? HA! You are just too funny. Me? Does buying the fabrics for things I want to make for certain people count as me having started already? That's the extent of what I've done. I printed some options for some of those on my list and have bought some of the fabrics already.

  62. Wonderful tutorial at inspired by fabric. I love a tutorial with photos and diagrams. It always makes it easier for me to follow.

  63. I love your tutorials. I will try to make this table runner. I have made two wall hangings,one is a gift. Plus stitching ornaments to add to my gifts. Happy Stitching.

  64. The ribbon table runner is wonderful inspiration for Holiday sewing. I haven't started yet. Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. u have been a busy lady,,,,,your table runner tut and placemats are lovely…i just finshed a tablerunner for halloween but a very very simple one, your a jewel for the tutorial, thanks bunches,,,i have left a comment at inpired by fabric also,,,,,,,My holiday projects are finishing two xmas lap blankets. Would love winnng a bundle,,,,,oh yesssss…

  66. Yes…. I'm working on Christmas projects right now for a blog hop. I do love Christmas fabrics! Saw your tutorial….. great job!

  67. I made some travel pillows with pockets and handles for my grandchildren. Those will be Christmas gifts. And I made Halloween pillowcases for the 2 youngest ones since they didn't get any last year. I love the holiday sewing.

  68. Hi Connie, I love your projects! Your design is wonderful and the fabrics are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.

  69. I left a comment @ at Inspired by Fabric too! (as I run to the stash drawer to see what holiday fabrics I have on hand…)

  70. Started and finished 2 of 3 mantle runners.. the 3rd is mine so I'm in no hurry to finish it before Thanksgiving! Generous BEAUTIFUL bundle! thanks for the chance!

  71. I have done some Holiday sewing…got a few gifts done and even did a Christmas tabletopper for an exchange I am in 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  72. I checked out the tutorial and left a comment too! I am definitely going to make a couple runners like it! Thanks!!

  73. I always make table runners for the ladies in our family, so your table runner interests me very much!! Love that fabric collection too, so pretty!!

  74. I have started making some small quilts for hanging on table top hangers.

    Thanks for a chance at the great giveaway

  75. I haven't started any Christmas gifts yet, but the ideas are churning away in my brain! Love the table runner and how it looks like the ribbon is twisting!

    Sandy A

  76. I have made many projects in the last several months that I will give for holiday gifts, although they are not holiday-themed. I did make one Christmas table runner over the summer. It will probably be given as a hostess or thank you gift at Christmas time.

  77. I'm well on my way with Christmas projects for this year. 2 quilts have been started as well as several small size gifts. Love your tutorial for the table runner. Very straight forward.

  78. Looove the Tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing it! Would look Awesome on my Table! lol Want to make if I win the Fabric too… Beautiful set!

  79. Loooove your projects & fabric!!! Gorgeous job! The Christmas projects going on here already are: I am finishing up 2 different Hand Appliqued Wall Hangings now… and always make new Jamma's for Kiddo's…& have added some Grankiddo's along the way! Lotsa fun Jammie makin goin on!

  80. Yep. I've got a couple big items planned for Christmas this year. Although I technically started two of them back in Januaury, I've been working exclusively on Christmas stuff for the past month or so.

  81. I am working on a couple of quilts to have done for holiday gifts and from an idea off another blog, I am making plush pillowcases to wrap the children's gifts in.


  82. Sad to say I have not started – well I have got the pattern I need for sewing new holiday stockings! I need to get moving on those! thanks!

  83. Beautiful! I have started a lap quilt with a bundle of Christmas fabric that I've been hoarding. Loving it so far 🙂

  84. Have a couple of things started and several more with the pieces in baggies. Thanks for a great tutorial and a wonderful giveaway.

  85. GULP… nope! And I sent my long arm in today to see if they can fix it!! So the tops I have finished (and wanted to complete) might not even get finished!! 10 more weeks till the big day!!

  86. I started some, finished some, and the rest are on hold until I finish my current project. How's that for a mamby-pamby answer!

  87. I did go and read your tutorial – and of course I bookmarked it! The directions seem so clear! Thank you!

  88. I have not started yet — EEEK! I want to make table runners, and am thinking about decorating some nice dish towels with hexagons.

  89. Hi, Connie! No, I haven't started any holiday projects. I sure would like to make myself a tree skirt this year. Maybe I should just 'pencil it in' my date book!

  90. Oops look like I leave another comment saying I have visited your tutorial Thanks for the giveaway! Sure hope they will post internationally!

  91. I love your tutorial Connie, I think it will be amongst my Chiristmas sewing this year! I have started a few things, but finished nothing yet!

  92. I pieced a Modern Trees wall hanging just before Christmas, but I never got to quilt it. Now I am starting the free motion quilting, lots of negative space!

  93. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial over on Inspired by Fabric. I left them a comment to let them know that I enjoyed your tutorial

  94. I am in the middle of one project and have another on my cutting table. There are three more in the wings. I love christmas and am at my most productive when working on Christmas projects. Your tutorial project is lovely and the tutorial itself is great. Thanks for the chance to win the awesome bundle of fabrics.

  95. I see you are 'back in the saddle' Connie. That is a beautiful runner. I haven't started any Christmas projects but am thinking about it. 😀

  96. After seeing your tutorial I think I'll be making Chandra a table runner for her house, it's just way to pretty not to. Left a comment at Inspired by Fabric.

  97. What a wonderful start to holiday stitching. Great tutorial and fabulous fabrics. Can life get any better? 🙂

  98. I left a comment at inspired by fabric. Thanks for the great tutorial. Love the tablerunner and placemats very much!

  99. Nope, no holiday projects started yet. I am still working on some others that need to be finished asap. Thanks for the chance! Really like this table runner.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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