How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



Today I’m sharing a table runner that you can easily create in 2-hours—my kind of home décor project! Renaissance RibbonsSilk Dupioni, and a little thread are all you’ll need. The ribbon is the unifying element in this design.

Fabric and Ribbon Supplies:

Note from Nancy: I selected the ribbons first, fabric second. This collection of Renaissance Ribbons has five options, well, really seven. The narrow ribbons are reversible!


How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



Cut and Stitch the Table Runner

  • Cut one 18″ x 48″ section for the center of the table runner (dark brown)
  • Cut two 18″ x 10″ sections from the lighter fabric (beige)
  • Serge or zigzag the edges.
  • Pin the lighter fabrics to each end of the darker center fabric, matching the 18″ cut edges.
  • Stitch a 1/4″ seam; press.
  • Cut the ribbons in half, creating 18″ lengths.
  • Position and topstitch the ribbons over the seam. Use monofilament thread in the needle.

Note from Nancy: Oops, we forgot to take a photo of the table runner before turning and stitching the hem. Please visualize the table runner as a flat piece of fabric! 


How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



Miter the Corners of the Table Runner

The instructions will result in a 1″ hem.

  • Measure and mark 2″ from each side of all corners on the wrong side of the fabric.


How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



  • Place a strip of tape, such as Sewer’s Fix-It Tape, on the wrong side of the fabric between the two marks, extending the tape at each end.


How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



  • Fold the corner to a point, right sides together, aligning the marks and the tape.
  • Stitch from mark to mark, following the tape.


How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



  • Trim the seam to 1/4″; remove the tape.


How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



  • Turn mitered corners right side out. Fold up and press the remaining 1″ hem edges of the table runner. Topstitch 3/4″ from the folded edges.
  • Your table runner is complete. Find more time-saving sewing tips like this one in The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, a beginner’s sewing guide that includes my tried and true sewing tips.
  • The size will be approximately 18″ x 48″.


How to sew a table runner in 2-hours Nancy Zieman



Get Stitching!

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