Thursday, March 8, 2012

Birthday Table Runner

I've been on a table runner kick lately. I had bought three 8 ft. white table runners for only $9.99 from Pottery Barn's outlet awhile ago. They've been sitting just waiting for the perfect project. One of them is a birthday table runner for my buffett. Below is my inspiration that I had pinned on Pinterest.

First things first though I didn't want an 8 ft. table runner, I wanted a 4 ft. one for my buffett, so I cut it in half. The table runners have mitered corners so I had to finish up the end that I cut off before I could even get to the applique.

The original table runner had a 2" hem plus another 1/2" so I had to rip the seam down 10" to give me room to miter the end. I did this on both sides.

I ironed the runner really good and then folded in a 1/2" for the first hem. I folded again another 2" to match the hem for the whole table runner. As you can see from the picture above I also made sure that I matched the creases (that I couldn't iron out) from the original 2" hem on the side.

I matched my corners from the long end to the short end with the right sides together. I'm now ready to miter the end. I don't know if this is the right way or wrong way but this is what worked for me.

I took my square ruler and matched up the lines. As you can see where the crease is the ruler is marked at 2 (I hemmed 2") and then I matched up the skinny line on the ruler. I marked the line in a water soluable pen from one end to the crease. (Since I'm known to do things a few times no matter how many times I measure I did a basting stitch to make sure it was right.) I then turned it right side out to make sure the hems lined up all the way around the table runner. Flipped it back over and cut the end down 1/4".

Done! I now have 2 table runners but first things first we need to get on with the project at hand - the Birthday Table Runner. I printed out a font that I had downloaded. I loved everything about it but it was just to thin for what I wanted to do. So I thickened it up with a marker on both sides and transferred them onto fabric.

I used Steam-A-Seam for the letters. I've used it before and I like how I can re-arrange the pieces to my liking but also having the pieces only temporarily still stick.

Once I had the letters displayed how I liked them I was ready to sew. I ended up using a zig zag stitch and a variegated thread from Sulky in Black and White.

Once the letters were finished I debated on adding small presents, cupcakes, hats or even confetti all around the runner but it would have made it to crowded. I didn't want that.

As you can see I just placed the letters all over in a slanted and uneven manner.


We're ready now for cake and ice cream on our next birthday celebration.

Have a Great Day!

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Anonymous said...

This is great! I have a very small sewing machine and honestly I'm scared to death of; not much of a sewer :-). Maybe when I get over my fear I'll attempt something like this. Thanks for sharing! Visiting via CSI Project Pinterest Challenge.

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I just love that. I think your version is great. Love the bright colors!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

That turned out so adorable! Love it!

Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom said...

Dropping by as the CSI guest judge this week. What a great project. I so wish I knew how to sew! I love that you took the idea from Pinterest and made it work for you. Great job!

Bron said...

I love have done such a lovely job...we have birthday bunting that we hang...I might have to add a birthday table runner to that. xx

Kristi said...

I am visiting from the CSI Pinterest Project link up. I love this idea and can't wait to make it to celebrate the birthdays in our house. Thanks so much for linking up!

Renonda said...

I'm dropping by to let you know that I passed the Liebster award along to you. You can see it here.

Renonda @ Snickety Things

I Quilt for Fun said...

Cute Cute Cute! Jan

Anonymous said...

Looks cute and easy. A great addition to any birthday celebration. Peggy

Toodie said...

Totally cute~!

patchouli moon studio said...

I love that 8-foot table runner that you pinned, but yes a bit too long for me, plus I have a round table! Your birthday runner came out darling. I may have to make a runner for my grandson and daughter. Thanks for sharing a cute idea.

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