You might have noticed the table runner that I made for our Ladies Tea back HERE. It was a very simple and inexpensive project to make, especially since I had the burlap sack on hand.Here's another view of how the runner looked with the table settings. I just used simple whites to go with the burlap to keep things simple and clean looking.
- Burlap sack
- White material - I used 100% cotton sheets, but you could use muslin or any material you'd like. Just be sure the weight is light.
- Thread - matching and contrasting
- Sewing Machine
|Here's the sack I began with. I found it at a rummage sale for $3! I only bought four of them, but wished I had more in my budget for them all! I've already sold one of my table runners and recouped my costs, plus made a little extra.|
The first thing that I did was cut off the side seams of the sack. I left the entire length of the sack. The first time I made one, I lamented over trying to undo the seam, but decided that it wasn't worth the time. I've used the side seams for other projects, so if you hate to cut them off, keep them for another project.
Next, I cut two strips of white material (I used a sheet that I had used the rest of for the backing on a quilt.) that was 7 inches wide and about 2 1/2 times longer than the end of the runner. There's no rocket science on this, I literally held the material up to the edge to make sure it was at least twice the length of it.
Fold the strip of material in half length-wise and sew a 1/2 inch seam down the edge, forming a long tub with your material. You could even use a quarter inch seam for this, but I like to do a little larger seam so it doesn't unravel later on.
Baste 1/4 of an inch and 3/4 an inch away from the top edge of your ruffle. You can change these measurements if yo would like a larger top edge on the ruffle. Then pull to make the ruffle the same width of runner.
Next you are going to pin like crazy! Pin the seam on the back side of the ruffle, so it is not visible. The more you pin the ruffle in place the better it will look in the long run. This is not a place where you can just put the ruffle in place as you go! Pinning is key.
Now, you get to sew down the center of the two basting stitches with a regular stitch in the thread you want the runner finished in. Then the fun part, remove the basting stitches (the orange thread, in my case.) And really, that's it! You have a rustic, yet beautiful table runner to use. I am listing this one in my Etsy shop, so please consider supporting my family (right now, we are raising funds to send my son on a trip to Japan as a 4-H delegate!). Here's the link: Prairie Scraps Shop.
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