How to sew a table runner, using a Dresden Plate variation by Nancy Zieman



Riley Blake Designs sent me a collection of grey and white prints that really caught my eye. Teaming them with a lime-colored solid, I knew a table runner was soon to be created. The design I chose is a nontraditional Dresden plate. No round shapes here—the wedge-shapes of the Dresden are stitched, well topsy-turvy, to create a linear look. This finished table runner is approximately 18″ x 86″. You could shorten or lengthen depending upon your table size.

Supplies for the Topsy Turvy Table Runner:

Cutting Instructions:

Twenty-four 18-1/4″ long wedges are needed for this project.

  • Select eight coordinating fat quarters. Press fat quarters.

Note from Nancy:  The instructions reference using fat quarters (18″ x 22″ cuts.) In lieu of using fat quarters, you could also cut wedges from standard yardage. Cut 18-1/4″ crosswise strips of coordinating fabrics. Consider using four coordinates, rather than eight, to save on yardage.

  • Position Template A on the wrong side of a fat quarter. Align the template at a corner and along one straight edge.
  • Trace along both sides of the template.


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  • Rotate the template 180-degrees. Align one edge of the template with the previously traced mark, trace along the opposite side of the template. 
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  • Rotate the template a second time. Again, align one edge of the template with the previously traced mark; trace along the opposite side of the template. 
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Note from Nancy: Stack 3–4 fat quarter sections together to save time tracing the wedge shapes on each fat quarter.

  • Place the traced fabric on a cutting mat, align an acrylic ruler along the traced marks, and cut. (The Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates are designed for tracing, not cutting.)
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  • Cut 12, 3/4″ crosswise strips from the solid fabric to use as sashing.
  • Cut seven 2-1/2″ crosswise strips to use as binding; set these strips aside. 
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Stitch the Wedges to the Sashing Strips

  • Seam the sashing strips. Align right sides, cross the ends creating a 90-degree angle, and stitch across the fabric strips as pictured. 
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  • Trim the seam allowances to 1/4″ and press. 
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  • Align the first wedge to the sashing strip, right sides together, with the narrow end at the top of the sashing strip. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Notice that the wide end of the wedge is at the end of the sashing strip. 
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  • Place a second wedge on the sashing strip, wide end first, leaving 1″ between the wedges. Stitch the second wedge to the sashing strip. 
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  • Continue adding wedge shapes to the sashing strips, alternating the wedges and again, leaving 1″ between the wedges. Position the wedges on the strip with the wide end of the wedge following a wide end or a narrow end of the wedge following a narrow end. 
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Note From Nancy: In order for the wedges to be sewn together in the topsy-turvy manner, half the wedges will have sashing on the left side and the other half will have the sashing sewn to the right side. That’s the reason for alternating the position of the wedges on the sashing strips. 

  • Separate the wedges, cutting between the 1″ space.
  • Press the seam allowances toward the wedges. 
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  • Align the ruler along the cut edge of the narrow end of the wedge, trim off the excess sashing. Repeat on the wide end. 
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  • Determine the layout of the wedges, alternating the wedges in the topsy-turvy layout!

Note from Nancy: Learn from my mistake! My staff and I didn’t alternate the positioning and stitching of the wedges on the sashing strips. Half of the sashing strips had to be removed and restitched. Oops! That’s why this photo shows some of the wedges without sashing strip.
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  • Pin and stitch the wedges together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. 
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  • Straighten the narrow ends of the table runner. Place a pin at the center of the end wedges. Measure 1/4″ from the pin to add a seam allowance. Extend the seam allowance the length of the wedge. 
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  • Cut along the seam allowance mark, trimming off the excess fabric. 
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  • Back the table runner with batting and a backing fabric. Pin the layers together using safety pins.
  • Straight stitch the layers together. Stitch, guiding the edge of the presser foot along the sashing seam. Repeat stitching on each side of all the sashing strips. 
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Download the instructions for the Topsy Turvy Table Runner

For your convenience, the Topsy Turvy Table Runner instructions are available to purchase as a downloadable file. Click here to download and have the instructions close at hand.

Table Runner Pattern Instructions by Nancy Zieman



A special thank you to Birch Haven—a Place to Retreat

The feature photo and photo below was taken at Birch Haven, a center that offers a unique and quiet atmosphere to relax and enjoy your favorite craft or hobby. There are beautiful rooms, creative center, superb kitchen, and relaxing outdoor area. Thank you Susie for the use of your facility.


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Click here to create another table runner, using the same template. This is such a versatile template!


How to sew a table runner with a Dresden Plate designs. Dresden Melody by Nancy Zieman



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