Last year my in-laws felt like their Christmas decoration was lacking especially when it came to table wear. We don’t often have formal sit-down meals around a table and come together as a family, but at Christmas, we really pull together and come together for dinner. Cora only has a younger brother and her parents, we don’t have kids so when one person isn’t present for dinner it is a big gap.
I really like to make Christmas special for them as they always make it special for me. Last year I made patchwork wreath placemats, they were a great success and looked great. This year I want to make a present table runner go with the placemats.
Equipment And Materials
- Quilting Ruler – I still haven’t got the right one I want and am still searching for the best one.
- Fabric Scissors
- Chalk Pen/ Tailors Chalk
- Tape Measure
- Fabric 2 or more different ones. You can always use a fat quarter pack to create this runner.
- Wadding – I usually get mine from HobbyCraft and buy it by the metre.
- Backing Fabric- I used plain white cotton but you can use something more decorative to make it double sided
Creating The Shape
When creating your pattern you can create 2 shapes, this will mean that you have 1 smaller present and 1 larger. The other way is that you can create your presents the same shape and symmetrical. I have created mine to be symmetrical. This will make the turning through process easier. Measure your squares to be 10 inches tall by 8 inches.
Cutting The Shapes
Measure your table length and add 10-15 inches extra to allow for overhang, you can add more if you want to create a larger overhang. Then divide this by 8 inches and this will give you the number of presents you will need to cut out. For example, my table is 54 inches in length so I would add the extra 10 and then divide the 64 by 8 and so I need 8 presents to cover my table. Cut out the shapes with your fabric and put to one side.
For example, my table is 54 inches in length so I would add the extra 10 and then divide the 64 by 8 and so I need 8 presents to cover my table. Cut out the shapes with your fabric and put to one side.
Creating The Ribbon Effect
Start by cutting a strip 2 by 10 inches strip of fabric, cut twice the amount of strips then you have present blocks. This will create the ribbon effect on the present. Start by cutting your present block into half lengthways (vertical), sew 1 strip into the middle of that block. See image below. Then do the same for the horizontal and sew the strip into the gap. Trim off any leftovers from the strip, and put to one side.
Sewing Presents Together
Press the seams and presents individually. Pin together in the order you want the presents to sit. Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam. Press all seams to open once sewn together to create a flat and neat block.
Measure the length of your top present layer, use this length to create your backing piece of the table runner. Do the same for the wadding/padding you are using. Pin the three layers together at every seam to hold together top and bottom. Quilt as you wish, I stuck to the lines to keep it simple.
Create another length of fabric to the same measurement as the backing, pin together the right sides together. The front of the present runner and the backing fabric. Leave open 1 end of the runner to turn through. Sew with a 1/4 inch, cut down any bulky seams and press. Sew up the open end with a slip stitch or top stitch on the machine. You have now got a table runner! You can hand sew on handmade bows for the tops of the presents.
Sew up the open end with a slip stitch or top stitch on the machine. You have now got a table runner! You can hand sew on handmade bows for the tops of the presents.
There you have it, you can change up the colours, style and try different shapes. If you have made a Christmas table runner or just a table runner before let me know in the comments and tell me how you did it.
Until next time.