I have a super simple project for you today. Last week I was shopping at JoAnn’s and out of the corner of my eye I spotted burlap in array of designs ranging from chevron, to mustaches to spiders to pumpkins. I had a mini-creative-heart-attack. Since I’m obsessed with anything gold these days, the one that really caught my eye was the burlap with gold polka dots. It is perfection.
So my brain immediately went into overdrive, thinking of project ideas. I finally decided on a table runner. This would be great for fall and could possibly transition into the holiday season. (There was also a silver polka dot, for those of you not feeling the gold love as much as I am.) I quickly grabbed the bolt and bought three yards. The burlap was priced at $9.99, but I had a coupon for 40% off one item, so I ended up paying about $6 per yard.
I had never sewn burlap and didn’t want to screw up my sewing machine, so I also picked up a pack of fusible webbing.
After about an hour of work this morning. I had a brand new table runner that’s perfect for fall.
Let me show you how easy this is to make.
DIY No Sew Burlap Table Runner
Here’s what you will need:
burlap fabric (see notes below to determine how much you will need)
seam ripper (or pointed tool)
cotton dish towel
First, you’ll want to determine how much fabric you need. You can make your runner any size you’d like. Personally, I like my runner lengthwise on the table with a little extra falling off each side. So, to determine the length, measure the length of your table. Then add 26 inches. This allows for 12 each inches of overhang on each side, plus a one inch seam allowance for both sides. (My table is 76″, so the length of fabric I need is 102″) For the width, measure the width of your table and divide by two. Add two inches to that. (My table is 40″ wide, so the width of my fabric needed to be 22 inches.)
Next you want to cut your burlap. If you are awesome with cutting straight lines, you can begin cutting. If you want to insure straight lines (and I highly recommend this) I have a little trick for you. Begin by marking where you are cutting your burlap and make a tiny cut.
Then begin to pull out one of the threads. Pull slowly and carefully with even force. The burlap will start to buckle and gather, but just keep pulling. Pull until you have the entire string out. The painted gold dots may give you some trouble as the paint tends to hold the thread in place.
If the whole string doesn’t come out, use your seam ripper to pull up the string where it broke off and continue the processes. Once the string is out, you’ll be left with a perfectly straight line.
Cut along this line, being careful not to cut the lines above or below it.
Continue this step on all four sides.
At this point your runner is cut out. Next, you’ll want to prepare your fabric for the fusible webbing by ironing down your seems. Let’s start with the two shorter sides.
To do this, flip your burlap so that the patterned is facing down. Using your fingers, fold the edge of the fabric back one inch.
Place your dish towel over the fabric and iron down the seam. Using the dish towel is essential with this particular fabric. If the iron makes direct contact with the gold dots the paint will come off and be transferred to your iron. (Trust me, it’s not pretty.)
Once you have a seam, you’ll want to put your fusible webbing in between the two layers of fabric. Again, cover with your towel and, with your iron on medium-high, heat for about 5-7 seconds.
Repeat this step until the two layers are bonded. Then do this to the other short side.
After both short sides are complete, you will repeat the previous two steps with the longer sides. To reduce any fabric bulk at the corners, when completing the longer sides, trim off a section of the fabric on the corner on a diagonal.
Once all of your edges are complete, give your runner a quick iron (Don’t forget to cover with a dish towel.), and it’s finished!
For under $20, you have a beautiful, festive, and custom table runner.
And seriously, the gold polka dot is almost too much for me to handle. I’m in love!
Also, as much as I love sewing, this fusible webbing is pretty fabulous stuff. Especially when it came to making this particular runner. Once you give this a try, you may never buy a runner again. You can easily use this tutorial with any type of fabric you’d like.
I did an impromptu table setting using the wood colorblock candle holders I made several weeks ago.
A few springs of bittersweet and a pumpkin completes the look for a fall-inspired feel.
Next week I’ll be doing a full centerpiece with some beautiful purple vases I picked up at Target. Stay tuned for that.
What do you think of this easy no sew table runner? Will you be making one (or two, or three, or ….) for your table?