31 Days of Shut Up and Sew: Patchwork Table Runner

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Day 29 of...

Today I have a super easy tutorial for a patchwork table runner!  Remember the patchwork placemats that I did earlier this month and then decided that I can't make any two things the same size so I decided to scrap them?  Well, after lots of seam ripping, I put together this patchwork table runner which is just like a long version of the placemat, but I only had to make one!  Therefore I won't go into too much detail with this tutorial (just refer back to the placemat) but will provide a few tips along the way.

Jelly Roll (I used Amy Butler's Lark line), each strip cut in half
Coordinating fabric for back (approximately 12.5" x 40.5", but don't cut this piece until I say to!)
Fusible interfacing (I like Pellon 808 CraftFuse)
Coordinating thread

2-3 hours

First, determine the size of your runner.  I wanted mine 40" long by 6 strips wide.  I determined the pattern by laying out my pieces on the floor.  I wanted to use a brick pattern so I wouldn't have to worry about my seams lining up (yes, I have learned a few things about myself this month... I can't make any two things the same size!!)

First, sew each strip together on the short sides, going row by row.

Iron your seams flat, then sew the rows together, making sure your seams are where you want them to make your desired pattern.

I found it easiest to iron my seams flat after I added each row, as opposed to ironing them all at the end.  But do whatever works for you!

Lovely!  But now I have these uneven ends...

...so just chop them off all even-like and you're good to go!  I thought it was a good idea to wait until the end to chop off the uneven parts so that way I could make sure my ends were totally straight.

Okay, now lay your patched piece on top of your backing fabric and cut around it.

Oh, and while you have your scissors out, cut a piece of interfacing about 1/2" smaller on all sides than your patchwork piece.  I just eyeballed it.

Iron your interfacing to your backing fabric, then pin the patched piece and backing piece right sides together and sew all the way around, leaving 4-5 inches open for turning.  Turn it right side out, poke out the corners, and give it a 1/4" topstitch.

There you have it!  Much easier than making 4 matching placemats.  Seriously, if you can do that, you are SUPER WOMAN!

Come back tomorrow for the last tutorial of 31 Days and start getting pumped for the huge giveaway I have planned for the 31st!

To read all 31 Days of Shut Up and Sew, click here.

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