Aisle runners are relatively easy to make. Even if you are just armed with a few basic skills in sewing, you can come up with your own aisle runner, which can enhance a look for a wedding or any other occasion needing one. Most of the time aisle runners are used as decorations in formal or fancy events. By making your own, you can customize the color and type of fabric and design that will be used for your aisle runners.
- Safety pins
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine with the appropriate sewing needle attached
- Accurate tape measure
- Top fabric (the fabric you will use as the main design)
- Backing fabric (preferably non-slip, which will be used as your runner’s backdrop)
- Measuring your runner. First thing you need to do is know how long of an aisle runner you need to make. You can do this by taking your tape measure and checking the entire length of the corridor or any venue that you will use the aisle runner for. You also need to check the necessary width that you have to make so that your length is proportionate to the width.
- Getting your materials. When you are done measuring, you will now know the total amount of fabric you will need for the runner, plus some allowance for mistakes. This is especially helpful in printed fabric since you may not be able to source the fabric as easily if in case you suddenly run out of fabric. Make sure that you get the longest type of fabric possible so that there will be the least amount of visible seams when you need to join your fabric to make the entire length of the runner.
- Cutting your top fabric. You then need to cut your top fabric the desired finished length. If you cannot do this in one continuous piece, you need to cut in segments. Then you must add an additional 10 inches in length and another 10 inches in width. This is the allowance for each length of the segments.
- Cutting your backing fabric. Do the same with your backing fabric, meaning, you must also cut them in segments if necessary. Then instead of adding 10 inches, you subtract 6 inches on the width and the length.
- Press your fabric. With your iron and ironing board, you must then press the two types of fabric to make sure that they are flat during your sewing process.
- Pin your fabrics together. Hold one end of the top fabric (short end) and measure 5 inches from its end. Pin this section to the backing fabric and sew. Make sure that their right sides are facing each other. This means that you are sewing on the “wrong” side of the two fabrics. Repeat this until you have all of the segments sewn together. You will notice that when you are done, the top fabric is a bit wider compared to the backing fabric.
- Pressing the tube. The next step would be to press this tube fabric, which will make the 4-inch part of the top fabric folded unto the backing fabric’s side.
- Mitering the corners. After you have pressed the fabric, miter the edges of the top fabric against the edge (raw edge). Miter all corners. You need not fret too much about doing a perfect job since in essence; these edges will not be seen, especially in big events. The most important thing is that the runner will stay flat.
- Finishing the short ends. Finish off the short ends by carefully hand stitching your top fabric to your backing fabric. Press the finished fabric again and roll them up for easier storage.
Making your own aisle runner is a repetitive and yet simple task. Now in
the future you would double check when renting that aisle runner since
now, you know how to make one yourself.