Quick & Easy Table Runner Tutorial

My date for the wedding.

My date for the wedding.

Last weekend my youngest son and I had the pleasure of attending my college roommate’s wedding reception. It was a gorgeous day, nestled at the foot of the Cascade mountains, at a family cabin on a river…. Are You getting the picture? A perfect Pacific Northwest affair.

I always prefer to make something for someone, rather than buy something. Homemade gifts are so special, especially when you know how much love and time went into making it. At least this is what I tell myself… My friends might get tired of it though!

I made this table runner in an afternoon, so it actually didn’t take that much time at all. But everything about it made me think of Kate.  It’s a simple yet classy design and only requires beginning sewing skills.

DIY Reversible Table Runner

Supplies needed:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 13″ x 42″
  • 1 piece of batting cut 13″ x 42″
  • 1 fat quarter for binding
  • Safety pins for basting
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting ruler




Step 1: Cut

Start by cutting your front and back fabrics (13 x 42). When selecting them remember this runner can totally be reversible. Don’t be afraid to select two different prints

Step 2: Baste

Lay the bottom fabric wrong side up on the floor or table top and tape in place. Place batting on top. And then sandwich with your top fabric, right side up. Smooth out each layer as you go. Use safety pins or straight pins to baste the three layers together, starting from the middle and working your way out every 3-4 inches. Then remove tape.

Step 3: Quilt!

Simple straight lined quilting

Simple straight lined quilting

There are no rules here, you can quilt any pattern you like, or just male simple straight lines like I did here. A walking foot for your sewing machine is very helpful but you can still do this with out one.

Step 4: Trim

Square up each side to make sure you have straight lines on each side. It’s ok if you have trim 1/4-1/2″. The finished size is just a suggestion (😜).

Step 5: Binding

Take your fat quarter (or any fabric) and cut 2″ strips. My finished size for the runner was 42 x 12 which is 108″ along all four sides. I add an extra 6-8″ for working on the end pieces. So I cut a total of 115″ of 2″ strips. Sew the strips together and iron in half, lengthwise. Use this long strip to bind the runner together as you would a quilt. If needed, checkout this awesome binding tutorial by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.

Step 6: You’re finished!

We now have a completely reversible, simple, and modern table runner to place on your own table… or give as a gift!

Finished Table Runner

Finished Table Runner

Now I’m ready to make one for each holiday too!

Happy Sewing,




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