Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pink Lemonade Table Runner

Hi Everyone!

Here is the Pink Lemonade Table Runner.  As I posted at The Intentional Momma........

But first I just want to share how much I long for Fall to arrive. 

Fall..... I can feel you coming.........  
This morning in the cool dawn of the day, I felt a glimpse of you.
I want to see those bright colors again
and feel the chilly air.

          Ok, enough of that......


How about a 15 Minute table runner.....

 Well....  technically depending if you want to put embellishments on it it could take a few more minutes.    

 Let's go ahead and begin.

What you will need:
sewing machine
thread of your choosing
2 fabrics of your choosing:
        *one fabric 1/3 of a yard (12 inches wide) for the center fabric
        *one fabric 1/2 of a yard (18 inches wide) for the border and back of fabric
(fabrics about 46 inches wide)

(if you didn't have your fabric cut to the above measurements)
rotary cutter 
cutting mat (with measuring marks)
quilt ruler

These are the fabrics I chose.  I had them in my stash of fabrics already, so I had to cut them to size.

When I showed them to my mother-in-law she said it reminded her of pink lemonade.  So I just had to use that for the name
 "Pink Lemonade Table Runner". 

 Because I had the fabric in my fabric stash, I had to cut mine to size.  I used my mat to measure after ironing and squaring my fabric.  If you did buy your fabric to measure, go ahead and skip to the part where I start sewing. 

To square your fabric:
  • Iron about 1 yard of fabric (I ironed it while still folded).  
  • Place the fabric on your mat with the fold toward you.  
  • place the ruler close to the end of the fabric (left or right doesn't matter) 
                              *the cut edge not the selvage edge.   
                              *the cut ends wont be matching
  • Place the ruler on the fold so that the fold goes straight across the ruler on the same line.  Then cut along the rulers edge. 

Here I have already squared my fabric and measured out my first piece.  12 inches. 

Let's start sewing!

Lay your fabric out one on top of the other, with right sides together, butting up two cut sides together

like so...

You can pin your fabrics together if you'd like.

Sew your two fabrics at a small 1/4 inch.  I use the end on my foot for a guide to make a small 1/4 inch. 

Lay your table runner out and butt up the fabrics together again on the other side, and pin if you'd like, and sew again a small 1/4 inch. 

Iron your seams to stabilize them.  

I can not emphasize how important it is to iron each seam.  This is the trick to having professional looking sewed crafts and garments. 

Your table runner will look like so. You can see that your seams will want to lay toward the back fabric...

So go ahead and iron them toward the seams in the direction they lay. Toward the border fabric.

Turn your table runner inside out.  Center the middle fabric by eyeballing it.
Yes, you can most certainly take your ruler out and make sure it's centered.

Iron your table runner flat. 

Fold your table runner in half toward the back side. 

  Like so.

Pin one of the corners to hold your fabric in place while you sew the ends. 
Do this to both sides.
You can use more pins if you'd like.

Sew just below the selvage edge on both ends of the table runner. 

Now you will need to trim the seam to 1/4 inch, and clip the corner of the fabric on the fold, just above the thread. 

Turn the corners on each side. 

And this is what your table runner will look like after turning the corners in. 

And you are done. You can add embellishments if you'd like but you don't need to. 

       time for embellishments........ 

To add an embellishment, like I did here, all I did is cut the ribbon to the size I needed to cover the opening of the table runner.  Pinned every other flower and stitched right over them with a thread the same color of the petals making sure I also stitched down the opening of the table runner. I repeated the process on the other side.

Another idea is just to make a decorative stitch.

Like so...

 I hope you enjoy your new table runner.

I know I do mine. 

Here are some other ideas and styles to spark your creativity.

 One for Halloween....
Embellishments: Lace ribbon and orange flowers

One for Christmas......
Embellishments: ribbon that had little white balls that reminded me of snow

One For Tea Time.....
(click on the picture to take you to the tutorial)
Embellishments: decorative stitching.

Mamita's Next Thing:

Wow, getting accustomed to only having one child in the house takes some getting used to.  I thought for sure I would be blogging up a storm,  but alas,  seems like I need to get my brain straight.  Tuesday was my sons first day of 1st grad.  Wow how time flies!  It feels like just yesterday I was changing his dipper.  Any way,  enough of that.

So wants next.....  

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  1. Saw your guest post on Robyn's view and came over. The apron looks simple enough for me to make and so does this table runner... I am going to have to get back to sewing. I haven't done any for at least 20 years. Newest follower.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Marly. I do hope you can get back to sewing. You'll have to send me pictures of what you make.