Wednesday, November 30, 2011

easy burlap christmas table runner {tutorial}

I found this pretty red burlap at Hobby Lobby the other day and couldn't resist buying a couple of yards! It's perfect for a quick and easy Christmas table runner with lacy snowflakes. I put this together in under half an hour! This tutorial is for a 90" long runner, which fits my 56" long table beautifully. But you can adjust the length for your table by adjusting the main part of the runner.  I'll also show you how to cut burlap so you don't have wonky edges!

Easy Burlap Snowflake Christmas Table Runner Tutorial
*2 yards burlap (I used red, but it would be cute in regular burlap or green, too!)
*Variety of shapes and sizes of crocheted doilies (you can buy them at antique shops or at JoAnn like I did. I've also heard you can find them at dollar stores, although mine didn't have any)

*Fabric glue (I like Fabri-Tac)
*Sewing machine & coordinating thread

1. Before starting, be sure that your burlap has been cut straight. To do this, lay it out on your table and examine the cut ends. If it's not, even it out. Here's a little trick I learned at the cutting counter. To ensure your burlap is cut straight, pull a thread where you want it cut. Pull it all the way out. This will leave a gap in a very straight line that you can use as your cutting guide. Brilliant, right? I had burlap cut at another store where they did not use this method, and I was horrified at how badly it was cut! I lost a lot of fabric trying to straighten it out.


Once your ends are straight, cut your burlap to be 21" wide by 70".  Turn the raw edges under 1/4" and hem (so your edges won't fray, because they will!).

2. Cut two pieces of burlap 13" x 35" each for your ruffles. Hem raw edges 1/4".

3. (Pretend I hemmed the raw edges before taking this picture!) Ruffle the long edge by pulling a thread one inch from the top of the 13" side. Be careful not to break it! When you're ruffled half of the length, pull the same thread from the opposite end. Ruffle it to match the width of your main runner piece (about 20.5")

Pin your ruffles to each end, about 2" from the bottom.

Sew your ruffles on about 1/2" from top of ruffle. If you sew along the line where you pulled the thread, you should have pretty straight stitching!

4. Now for the fun part! Arrange your doilies on the runner.  I left the center a little open since I will be putting a centerpiece there and they'll just get covered up anyway.

Using fabric glue, dot glue on the back of the doily in the densest areas (so it doesn't go through too many holes). Glue in place. Repeat for all doilies.

Ta-da! That's it! I just need to finish one more project and then I'll show it to you again fully decorated. I love how cheery it makes my dining area!

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9 Responses to “easy burlap christmas table runner {tutorial}”

Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs said...

Super cute! Love the way the doilies look like snowflakes!

Amanda said...

The runner looks gorgeous, I never would have thought doilies could look so lovely!

Sandy said...

I was just going through my stash yesterday and found some red burlap I bought awhile back. I was trying to figure out what kind of runner I wanted to make and now here is your post... thank you so much!I can't wait to get started.

tina said...

love the burlap cutting tip! looks really nice.

Sheila said...

Beautiful! I've been looking for a new table runner and this might solve my problem. :)

Karen said...

So pretty! I love Burlap and I love it in Red. Gorgeous! The doilies look fabulous too:)

MommaWard said...

Very pretty! I have some natural burlap that I've never done anything with because I knew I'd never get it nice and neat. No worries now!

Lauren said...

This looks beautiful!

I'd love for you to link up and share:

Becki and Jeff said...

I LOVE THAT!! Glad I have burlap and old fashion doilies!!

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