10 Table Runner Sewing Tutorials

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10 Table Runner Sewing Tutorials

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Sew a new table runner for your fall decor, using one of our table runner sewing tutorials. Whether you’re interested in sewing, quilting or embroidery, we have a table runner idea for you.


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Nancy’s Top Ten Table Runner Sewing Tutorials

Hexagon Table Runner

At first glance, this table runner looks like it is pieced with traditional hexagons. Not so with this speedy column quilt design. The hexagon shapes are created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux hexagon halves are stitched in columns with relative speed and ease. Plus, the results are dramatic. Simple directions can be found here.

IMG 6949 impTopsy Turvy Table Runner

Make a nontraditional Dresden plate. No round shapes here—the wedge-shapes of the Dresden are stitched, well…topsy-turvy, to create a linear look. This finished table runner is approximately 18″ x 86″. You could shorten or lengthen depending upon your table size. See how to make the Topsy Turvy Table runner here.

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No-Hassle Triangle Table Runner

Many of you commented on the ease of creating triangles with the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and wanted additional projects. I’m confident you’ll add the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner to your to-do list. Made in the same style as the projects featured in  Quick Column Quilts, triangle blocks plus column strips make for a fast, easy, and no-hassle assembly of this 21″ x 56-1/2″ table topper. Find the No-Hassle Triangle Table runner details here.


Festive Fall Table Runner

You may recognize this next table runner tutorial from the 2015 Fall Table Runner Challenge (directions here). Featured is the Box Quilt Block, which dates back to 1898. Each 12-1/2″ block is made with eight half-square triangles and a center square. This pattern is included in No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, a quilt block sampler pattern book. Streamline the piecing process by  using the No-Hassle Triangle tool.

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Dresden Melody Table Runner

Think outside the traditional patchwork world and use a multisized Dresden Template to add a modern twist to a tried ‘n true design. I call it the Dresden Melody with five half-Dresden plate designs that seem to flow melodically together. The finished size is 28″ x 82″. Enjoy this patchwork tutorial!

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Heartbeat Table Runner

No matter the size—table runner to king quilt—you can sew a quick column quilt in a heartbeat! Colorful accent strips in a variety of widths make up the heartbeat pattern, while the subdued one-color strips add a perfect background for the design. In my book Quick Column Quilts you’ll find this design sewn in various sizes including a baby and queen-sized quilt. In this post, I’ve scaled down the design to a table runner size, 24″ x 57″. Grab the sewing tutorial for the Heartbeat Table Runner here.

Heartbeat Quilt Nancy ZiemanSilk and Ribbon Table Runner

Here’s a table runner that you can easily create in 2-hours—my kind of home décor project! Renaissance RibbonsSilk Dupioni, and a little thread are all you’ll need. The ribbon is the unifying element in this design. The fast tutorial can be found here.

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Combine in-the-hoop machine quilting with coordinating embroidery designs to your next fall-themed quilting project. I’m happy to introduce this exciting fall-themed embroidery pack by Amazing Designs. The possibilities for Creative Quilting Outlines…Pumpkins with Style are endless. Find the step-by-step embroidery design here.

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For sewing enthusiasts, fall is so much more than a lovely season with great weather and gorgeous foliage. Fall is the start of the holiday-gift-sewing-season! It is never too early to dive into the Christmas gifts and décor projects. Jump start your holiday sewing with this exciting poinsettia embroidery pack by Amazing Designs. Making festive holiday décor and gifts is easy with Creative Quilting Outlines…Charming Poinsettias. Directions for the Charming Poinsettia table runner can be found here.

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Novice or expert, quilting is always an exciting adventure. With so many techniques and styles to choose from, it can be tricky to master precision piecing, until now. Let your embroidery machine do the work for you! By using the software in the new Flurry of Snowflakes embroidery bundle, you can easily create quilt blocks and finish the design with outline quilting motifs. See how to use the embroidery machine to create this table runner using this easy tutorial.

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Enter the Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge by adding a photo or photos in the link listed above. It’s easy!

      •  Online voting begins September 13, 2016.
      •  Voting closes on September 18, 2016.
      •  Elected winners and one randomly drawn winner will be announced September 20, 2016.

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  • cathy
    September 3, 2016

    love all the runners, trying to decide which one to make first!!!

  • Anne Dirks
    September 3, 2016

    Love to make table runners. Quick fix!!

  • Pam
    September 6, 2016

    I have entered my table runner twice, but it is not showing up.
    Help please !!!

  • BevM
    September 6, 2016

    I cannot move the corners or sides to crop.

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    June 22, 2021

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