2 fabric Table Runner

2 fabric Table Runner

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Time is a great artist, especially when it comes to things that are hundreds of years old like marble and granite, old buildings and floors. Over time, all of these materials crack and change color. It’s a very very unique and beautiful look. Let’s try to capture that with a table runner. The great part is we only need to use two fabrics and we get to use those fancy stitches that are in our sewing machine, and lots of different threads. For this project we only need two fabrics. These two fabrics will make a reversible table runner, or we can have two separate ones. The fabric I’m using is from Northcott. It’s the Stonehenge Oxidized Copper. It has blues and greens and a lot of these beautiful golds. I’m going to use a variety of thread colors from brown all the way to golds. With all of these threads I’m going to be able to use those fancy stitches on my Bernina. If you don’t have a machine that does those fancy stitches, you can still do this and do a zigzag or whatever stitches your machine has. We’re going to start with two really big pieces of fabric because they’re going to be cut and stitched together, and stitched together, and stitched together, so they’re going to become smaller. If you’re not sure what color threads to use, you’ll be able to follow these little colored dots on the edge of the fabric. These dots represent every color that is in that fabric. Even though you might not see them, they are here. So this will give you a good idea on what color threads to use. Both pieces of fabric just need to be the same size. In this case I have 18″ length and I’ve cut that whole width of the fabric from selvage to selvage. They both need to be the same. From here we need to make sure that they’re pressed very well and starched. The starch is going to help stabilize the fabric as we do the sewing. Even though this is going to be a quilted table runner, I’m going to change the seam allowance to ½”. ½”it’s going to secure the fabric a lot better and it’s going to be easier to do some stitching over top of those seams. We need to cut these two strips always at the same time and they’re always going to be with the fabrics facing up. The first cut we need to do at about a third of the width, somewhere between 18″–20″. What we want to do is start from the center point and come out. I want to have a straight edge, but I don’t want to have it straight on the grain. The cut goes on any angle that we want. Crooked angles are going to be a lot better than a very straight one. Take that ruler and just place it down and cut. I want to sew these fabrics back together. Switch them around so the light and the dark get put together and the dark and the light get put together. Match up your seams as best as you can. These are all going to be trimmed down so you don’t have to worry about it being exact. Stitch a ½” seam allowance. With that ½” seam allowance press it open and flat. I like to give it extra spray starch on this side and a little starch on that side. These large seams and that extra starch is going to stabilize the fabric. The next thing we need to do is use our fancy stitches on the machine. This is where we can put all those fun colors on. We can change the thread every single time if we’d like or we can keep it all the same. Just choose a stitch and stitch following that center line. If you don’t have a fancy stitch you can just do a zigzag, or leave it. With that seam allowance pressed open and flat, it makes a nice flat surface for the machine to work on so it’s not trying to go over a hill every stitch. Some of the stitches are a little bit bigger than ¼”, so this makes it lie nice and flat and has a nice finish on the right side. You can do both stitch is the same or make them different. I’m going to do each one different and with different colored threads. Once you have that first seam done, it’s important to give it a press. If you have a specialty thread you can always use a pressing cloth. Press those seams down. That helps anchor that thread into the fabric. You can get pressing sheets almost anywhere you can buy fabric. Once we have those first two seams done we’re going to be able to make a second. The fabric is going to go so all the layers are face up. Once the fabrics are put together we’re going to be able to take another cut. The pieces are not going to remain exactly the same and that’s okay. That’s what’s going to be fun about it. As long as those pieces are together as best as they can be, they’re going to be fine. We need to take another cut and, yes, we can cut right through that last seam. That’s just going to add some charm. You could put it on any angle you want; we just need one straight edge. With both those layers together, we’re just going to cut it apart. Once we have that cut down we’re going to be able to switch up those fabrics. The bottom goes to the top and the top goes to the bottom. Flip over those seams and stitch the ½”. We don’t need to match up these seams. It’s supposed to look like random cracks in marble, and marble doesn’t always crack equal so we don’t have to match them up. Stitch ½”. Press the seams open and flat; give them a starch on both sides. You can see how they’re not matching up but they’ll still look really nice. Do another row of decorative stitching on both pieces. With the seams pressed open, they will stay flat and the machine won’t have any problem going over them. Put those fabrics back together right-side up. However, they don’t always need to go in the same position. As long as the fabric is right-side up they’re going to fit together. Just match up those edges the best that they will go. Now we can make another cut. You can always peek underneath if you need to. Cut the two apart. Continue the same technique: Switch up the fabric, back to the front and the front to the back. Match up those seams, stitch ½”, press open, and continue your fancy stitching, until you get them so you like the way that they look. There’s no right; there’s no wrong. It’s all on how you want it to look. As you cut and stitch these together the seams are not going to match up along the edge. That’s okay because we get to trim this down. As you’re stitching these decorative stitches, if you find that your fabric is being pulled together, you can just use long strips of stabilizer. Stitch them right on the back as you’re stitching. That’s going to help them from pulling in. We now have two runners done. Same fabric, same idea, but they definitely look different. Each one of these can be turned into a table topper, or you can make one reversible. To make it reversible you’re just going to put your batting in-between and make sure that the good sides are facing on both sides. You can trim it a few different ways. You can trim each one individually, or put both of them together and trim both of them at the same time. If you’re going to be quilting it so it’s reversible, put the batting in, quilt it first, then trim it off. I’m going to make my table runner reversible. I’ve put my layers together. Both sides are facing out. I’m going to put my walking foot on and just do straight rows of stitching. I’m not going to follow a pattern. Put my foot down; do a straight row. Do another straight row. I’m going to continue just randomly putting straight rows all over the quilt. I already have the look of the straight rows, so that quilting is just going to blend in to all this decorative stitching. To do it all you need to do is take a ruler and draw random lines all over. Then put that walking foot on and just follow those lines. I chose the darker fabric to make the binding. I needed three strips the width of the fabric. My table runner ended up being about 15½” by 34½”. Every table runner is going to be a different size because it’ll depend on how many cuts you make and where you make your cuts. Now we have a reversible table runner that has that same feel as cracked marble and granite. This would be fun in many different fabrics like jewel tones, floral fabrics, or even fun fruits and vegetables. Two pieces of fabric: We end up making a reversible table runner, or we could make it into two different runners. It’s a fun project to make and it gives us an excuse to use all those fancy stitches on our machine. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

64 Replies to “2 fabric Table Runner”

  1. If I would use this technique to make a quilt, what sized pieces would you suggest working with? Go with full width of quilt and do four sections, top to bottom(add extra strips of binding to adjust for fabric lost with seams)? Or maybe four quarter pieces? Six blocks? I have only confused myself trying to plan it out, so I thought you might have an idea to help me out. Thank you for your time and effort in putting these videos together. Peace.

  2. Thanks for the fabulous idea Laura…I’m going to do one in Xmas fabrics …I love an excuse to play with my decorative stitches on my Bernina πŸ’

  3. Great idea for some of my stash and Christmas… and I have been in love with Northcott fabrics for every… thanks Laura

  4. Love the fabric. The table runner turned out beautiful. Some one mentioned using Christmas fabric; I think I’ll need to give that a try… maybe as placements.

  5. This is a great table runner!! Thanks for sharing. Plus, I learned something new. I had no idea WHY those dots of color were in the selvage!

  6. Absolutely stunning!!
    I can’t get the Northcott link in the description to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  7. Laura, thank you for sharing this. It's beautiful and you could make them for any season. It's also a quilting project that I'm pretty sure I can do and not screw up. Love all your tutorials!

  8. Thanks Laura for this is a great idea.I will do a table runner with matching reversible place mats using the same technique for Christmas. I always enjoy your tutorials, they are very precise and easy to follow.

  9. Gday Laura. How are you? This was great to watch, the two fabrics you picked work well together to create your beautiful runner. I think I will give this a go. Thanku for sharing.

  10. Laura, I am trying to locate both of these fabrics in yardage but can only find it in precuts. If you happen to have the fabric Northcott codes on selvage or the name of the blue one…I think you said the gold was Oxidized Copper?

  11. Such a great tip about using the color dots to choose thread! I always learn something new from your tutorials. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  12. Just have to put it together and now time to have some quilting fun now. Loved doing this and my 770qe had some fancy stitch fun too.. Thanks again Laura, Jules from Oz aka justascrappyquilter on insta βœ‚οΈβœ‚οΈβœ‚οΈ

  13. I found that same exact fabric while visiting Yellowstone National Park. There's a darling little quilt shop in West Yellowstone. I just feel in love with it but didn't know, until now, what I was going to make with it. What a great technique for creating a table runner. Thank you Laura.

  14. Love this Laura. I have just bought my fabrics and chosen my threads. Now all I have to do is find the time to sew it. Have a lot on the go at the moment but can't wait to sew it. It's for my cousin's new kitchen table.

  15. Hi Laura, I just loved this project, I'm a novice male sewer, and wanted to give quilting a try for gifts for my friends in Italy… Marble, granite, travertine look… Wow…. Will send pics. Thank you so much for such great instructions! Baci!

  16. Such a different and fun idea for a table runner. I really like your narrow binding – just a good size for a table runner. What size is it finished – looks about 1/4"? What size was your binding strip?

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