Fusible fleece makes sewing this table runner a snap!
Need a set of placemats and a table runner in a hurry? Our patterns are quick and easy. It takes just one yard of top fabric and one yard of back fabric,
plus one yard of fusible fleece to make six place mats. It takes just a bit more to add the table runner. Besides being quick to make,
this project is very economical.
If you are making table runners only, just 1/3 yard each of top and backing fabric makes TWO runners!
Kathy spotted an error in our instructions while making this table runner. We had listed the width of the top layer as 12". She notified us about the error; the instructions have now been corrected. Thank you Kathy!
1/3 yard top fabric (or one piece measuring 10.5" x 20.5")
1. Cut main top piece to 10.5" x 20.5". Cut two end pieces, each 10.5" x 2.5".
2. Cut 1 bottom (backing) piece 10.5" x 24.5".
3. Cut 1 fusible fleece piece 10.5" x 24.5".
4. Stitch one end strip piece to each end of top fabric, right sides together. Press seams open. Refer
to photo above. We used a green leaf pattern as our contrast end strips. Trim entire piece to 10.5" x 24.5".
5. Lay fusible fleece with adhesive side up. Lay top, pieced layer over fleece, right side up (wrong side of top layer is toward fleece).
Iron top layer to fleece. Your fleece will now be adhered to the wrong side of your top layer.
The photo on the right shows it in the opposite direction. It was flipped over before pressing. It is best to press from the fabric side. When you are finished, the fusible fleece will be adhered to the wrong side of the top piece. If you prefer, you can fuse it to the backing instead.
6. Pin the top piece to the bottom piece, right sides together. Stitch around perimeter using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Leave a four or five inch opening for turning right side out. See diagram at right. This is a diagram of the easy placemat, but the table runner
is put together the same way.
7. Trim corners (cut corners off, diagonally, close to stitching).
8. Turn right side out. Use a turning tool or blunt end of a crochet hook (or something similar) to push
out corners. Turn open edges under. Press all edges and corners with iron.
9. Topstitch around entire outside edge, 1/8" from edge.
See diagram at right.
NOTE: It's difficult to get perfectly square corners. They will probably be at least a tiny bit rounded. If you
make a sharp corner with your topstitching, your rounded corners will show more. Therefore, I stitch up to within a stitch of the corner,
then turn the corner slightly and make one or two stitches diagonally to the corner, then turn slightly and stitch on down the next side. Be sure
your needle is DOWN when you come to a corner. This allows you to turn your project without pulling the needle away from the fabric. Some machines
allow you to designate a needle down position when stopping (a very nice feature).
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