How to Make an Outdoor Table Runner

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Add a splash of color to your outdoor dining table with a DIY table runner. We made this lively, two-tone runner as part of our Outdoor Dining Area Makeover to make our table extra special. For this project, since we knew the runner would primarily be outside, we added weights to the ends to help keep the runner in place, even on a breezy day. We also made our runner from cleanable, outdoor-friendly Sunbrella® fabric.

Today we’re going to break down the steps so you can make a runner for your patio’s dining table. The steps are the same for making a runner for inside your home, too. Let’s take a look at how it’s done!

  • Decorative Outdoor Fabric (we used a Sunbrella Upholstery Fabric)
  • Coordinating Fabric (we used Sunbrella Spectrum Kiwi #48023-0000)
  • Drapery Weights #100186
  • Outdoor Thread
  • 1. Measure your table and determine the desired length and width of your runner.

    2. Mark your patterned fabric to your desired length and the width to your desired finished width + 1 inch. Pattern the solid fabric to the same length and a width of the finished width + 3 inches. Cut out your panels.

    3. With the right sides facing, lay your fabric panels so that one long edge of the patterned fabric is flush with one long edge of the solid fabric. Sew a row of straight stitches down the side, about 1/2” away from the raw edge.

    4. Line up the opposite long edges of the fabric panels so they are flush and sew a row of stitches down that side as well.

    5. Turn the assembly right side out. Lay out the assembly so that the patterned fabric panel is centered with a solid border on either side.

    6. Carefully topstitch where the solid border meets the patterned fabric along both long sides of the runner.

    7. Create a 1/2” hem at each short end of the runner.

    8. Fold in the corners of the short ends to create a triangle. Sew a row of stitches across the bottom of the triangle to secure.

    9. Hand sew a drapery weight into the tip of each triangle.

    10. Enjoy your new table runner!

    If you want to start with a more simple table runner design, check out our How to Make a Table Runner Video (200610XHT).

    Would you put a table runner on your outdoor table? What do you think of weighing it down? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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