I am having fun with fabric this Summer and saving money too, I even brought out my sewing machine and threaded my bobbin, it scared me.
Seriously I am totally intimidated by a sewing machine.
Oh I know for you savvy seamstresses this sounds easy peasy, but to me it sounds a trifle well… gulp, nerve racking.
I am really working on overcoming my fear of the sound of the buzzing sewing machine as it gobbles up the fabric and spews out a finely sewn seam…that is just pure magic.
Today I am sharing my very affordable French Table Runner with you and also with a group of Ladies who have taken the same challenge of sharing crafts and thrifty finds for all around ten bucks.
You will find their links at the bottom of this post.
Without any further delays let us go right into the project that I am sharing with you.
This is a three part series on a DIY project that includes designing and making coordinating table decorations.
This entire three part project began with 3 yards of contrasting fabric and I was able to make vases, table runner and plates using this yardage.
Are you wondering how to make plates out of fabric…I’ll be sharing that tip next week!
I would say the cost of this French table runner was about $2.00.
You know a table runner just dresses up a table so nicely and why on earth would we buy one when we can make one.
If sewing isn’t your thing, trust me I understand! How about making a no-sew table runner?
Just follow this link.
I found my inspiration for this project from nature, gardening and my farming roots.
The older I become the more connected I feel to my rural roots and this is influencing all facets of my creativity.
Shopping just doesn’t do much for me anymore, I’d rather create it than buy it!
The French Table Runner Project:
The standard size of table runners vary from 10 to 15 inches wide and 36 to 108 inches long so feel free to adjust the dimensions to your liking.
Materials You Will Need For Table Runner:
*Needle & Thread
*Iron & Ironing Board
How To Make A French Design Table Runner:
( I have also provided a link below to a great tutorial)
1. Determine the size of your table runner
2. Mark your French design fabric to determined finished width and length plus 1 inch.
Pattern the polka dot fabric to the same length and a width of the finished width plus 3 inches. Cut out your panels.
3.With the right sides facing, lay your fabric panels so that one long edge of the French design fabric is flush with one long edge of the polka dot fabric. Sew a row of straight stitches down the side about 1/2 inch away from raw edge.
4. Line up the opposite long edges of the fabric panels so that they are flush and sew a row of stitches down that side as well.
5. Turn the runner right side out. Lay out the runner so that the French design fabric panel is centered with a polka dot border on both sides.
6. Top stitch the polka dot border where it meets the design, along both long sides of the runner.
7. Create a 1/2 inch hem on short end of the runner.
8. Fold the corners of the short ends of the border to form a triangle. Sew a row of stitches across the bottom of the triangle to secure.
9. Iron and enjoy!
I followed this Tutorial and I think you’d enjoy it too. Great photos included.
I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby and it was 30 % off.
I tell you I am all about finding the sweet things in life at a discount.
Wishing you all a super weekend and here are the rest of the participants for 10 on the tenth!