How To Make a Table Runner Without Sewing

Tables are normally bland, dull, and plain. To create a little pizazz to any table whether it is a dining or buffet table, you will want a table runner. Yes, you can probably find ready-made ones at your local home supply store but wouldn’t it be much more fulfilling and a lot cheaper to make it on your own.

You may say that it would be difficult to do that since you have no skills in sewing. Fortunately, there is a way to create a table runner without sewing. With simple items such as stitch witchery, you can create your very own table runner without thread and a thimble. Here are some steps to follow.

  • Decide on the size of your table runner. Before doing anything else, you will need to determine and decide the size of your table runner. This will be dependent on the style you want. If you are looking for a long table runner that will cover the table from end to end, then know that this will be dependent on your table. Nevertheless, there are common sizes to consider based on the standard sizes of tables.

    Here are some of these common measurements, in inches, for a table runner.

        • 15 X 45
        • 15 X 72
        • 15 X 90
        • 15 X 108

  • Purchasing the fabric. Now that you know the size of the table runner you are supposed to make, you will know the amount of fabric to purchase in terms of yardage. The estimates are pretty standard. Based on the common sizes mentioned above, purchase 1, 2, 2, or 3 yards of fabric respectively. This is based on the fabric having a width of about 54 inches. You may need less if the fabric is wider.
  • Purchase the ribbon. While at the fabric supply store purchasing the fabric for your runner, you might as well purchase the ribbon for the borders as well. Again, based on the common sizes mentioned above, you can purchase ribbons at 4, 6, 7, or 8 yards respectively provided the its width is about 5 inches or so.
  • Purchase the stitch witchery. Since you are making a table runner without sewing and you are already in the store purchasing the fabric and ribbon, you may as well purchase the stitch witchery, which is really an iron on tape that allows you to attach and assemble fabric without sewing. Make sure to purchase as much tape as you need in relation to the length and width of the ribbon.
  • Making the table runner. Now that you have all the materials needed, your first mission is to cut the fabric based on the desired dimensions for your table runner. Once that is done, proceed to cutting the ribbon. Measure each side of the table runner fabric and cut the ribbon accordingly. When that is done, line up the ribbon in one side of the runner, line up the stitch witchery on top of the ribbon where it meets the runner fabric, and iron it in. This will connect the ribbon and the fabric together similar to the effect of sewing.

Repeat the same process for the other sides of the runner until you complete the borders of the table runner. Allow the stitch witchery to completely dry and turn the table runner over. You can opt to do the same ironing on the other side for a more secure connection however, this is optional.


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