How to Make a Table Runner

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Whether you’re preparing for a dinner party, Thanksgiving or just an everyday meal, an easy way to take your dining room table from plain to company-ready is to add a table runner. Making a table runner doesn’t require much fabric and is a simple-sew project, great for beginners.

DIY table runner

With only around a yard of fabric you can make a festive table runner for your main dining table or even a buffet or sideboard. A brightly colored or patterned runner reduces the amount of décor needed on your table, leaving more room for delicious food (and less decorating stress!). You can make table runners in festive patterns for all holidays and seasons and rotate between them.

We were making our table runner to decorate a Thanksgiving table, so we wanted a fabric with warm, fall tones. We chose this Checkered Past Harvest from HGTV Home Fabrics. In the video, we started by making a standard table runner, and then added pointed edges to the short edges of the runner and put a little tassel at the point.  You could make your runner reversible with a different fabric on each side, leave the edges square, or add little buttons to the triangle. These aesthetic choices are all up to you!

Take a look at our video to see how easy it is to make a fashionable table runner.

Video Chapters:

  • Cutting & Seaming Panels - 0:18 min.
  • Hemming Edges - 3:30 min.
  • Creating V-Shaped End with Tassel - 5:16 min.
  • Materials List - 7:26 min.

Materials List:

  • Indoor fabric (we used HGTV Home Checkered Past Harvest 57" Fabric)
  • V-69 Polyester thread #20203
  • Sunbrella® Decorative Fringe 2" Buttercup Wheat #503671

Tools List:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Comfort Grip Rotary Cutter 60mm #9655
  • Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat 18" x 24" #102990
  • Multiuse Pins 1-1/2" #102985

Find great fabrics for every season right here at Sailrite.

Have you sewn any crafty decorations? Share with us in the comments!