Oh yes, it's the perfect quilted runner! And it will be perfect for my Thanksgiving table.
I came up with this table runner when I was planning my Thanksgiving table (yes, that's a thing) and wanted something homemade, yet elegant as the centerpiece of the table.
Enter patch 9 (or 16 in this case!) patch runner of your dreams. I'll admit…it took me longer than I expected, but that's mostly because I was stopping too often to watch Christmas movies on Netflix (don't judge).
The other fun element of this rug is the unique effect of hand stitching (but so much easier!) along the rows.
Try this exclusive Bernina stitch, it was so fun! And now it has this really nice homemade feel. Perfect for the holidays!
When I was thinking about fabric, I really wanted linen, but just one color was too boring. So I went crazy (as crazy as possible) and used a pack of Essex Linen Fat Quarters (FQ) from Missouri Star Quilt Co (you can find the same one here, It’s an affiliate link!)
I didn't use them all and I'm glad because I like having leftovers to use for other projects.
If you end up making this for the holidays, you probably don't have much time, let's get this tutorial started!
- You're going to need an FQ packet of some sort (to make it unstitched), I used the warm Essex linen one from MSQC (Affiliate link here – also 15% off)
- Backing fabric, the amount depends on the length of your runner. Mine was about 7.5 meters
- Stick, the same length as your runner plus a few inches on all sides. I used leftover batting from quilt scraps (you know, those long strips on the sides of the quilt, totally perfect for this).
Cut the fabric
To make this even faster, we're going to use strip stitching. I actually use strip piecing in almost every quilting project.
I've seen others create 9 patches with 9 squares and cried inside, there's an easier way! And ours will be even bigger than 9!
Start by cutting 1.5″ strips from your FQs, you will need a good amount of them. Keep them folded and cut starting from the selvage side up.
Start pairing the strips randomly. Sew 4 strips right sides together and repeat with the remaining strips.
I used about 44-50 for a long 7 inch runner (I wanted it to extend past the ends of my table). Don’t hesitate to size down!
Flat iron strips, seams in one direction.
Cut each set of strips perpendicularly into 1.5″ strips until you reach the end of the set of strips.
Repeat this with all tape sets.
Now comes the fun part, ok, it was really hard for me, I've never done anything scrappy, I'm such a perfectionist!
Start dividing the strips randomly into squares or 4 strips at a time. I tried to randomize everything as much as possible (dark/light/etc.)
Sew the 4 undercut strips right sides together.
Iron the squares flat, I ironed the seams in one direction.
You will now have lots of fabric squares. See? Wasn't it easier than you thought?
You can guess what will come next, match the squares together. I tried to avoid having similar colors touching each other, so I turned them in different directions to make them work.
Sew pairs of squares together right sides together and iron flat.
Start ordering the rectangles on the ground, once again I avoided having similar colors.
Pin and sew right sides together to complete a long column.
The length of the runner is entirely up to you. I ended up making mine really long, I wanted it to go over both edges of my table.
Iron the rug flat.
Finish the runner
Lay out your batting, I used long pieces of leftover quilt batting that I sewed together using a zigzag stitch, it was the perfect way to use them!
Lay your runner right side out on the fleece and baste it in place (I used basting spray).
I chose to quilt the top and batting (not the backing) together using this faux hand stitch (1304) and it turned out SO cute.
Next, I trimmed the excess batting around the edges, leaving a few inches on each side.
Lay your backing fabric on top, right side down, I used a very thin muslin fabric in one long piece cut in half.
Pin the backing to the top of your runner top and cut off the excess if there is any.
Because my fabric was quite thin, it was easy for me to see through it to sew around the perimeter. If your backing is not transparent, you may want to use a disappearing ink marker to mark the edges of the mat.
Sew using a ¼” seam allowance around the entire perimeter of the mat, making sure to sew inside the edge of the fabric so that no batting shows when turned inside out.
Leave a 4-6 inch hole, backstitch to secure.
Turn your runner right side out and iron flat.
Carefully fold the hole inward and close the stitch by hand.
Optional: sew around the edge to secure it and flatten the mat a little.
And that's all! Your beautiful runner is finished! I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed making mine – don’t tell my mom but I’m going to give her this one for the holidays!