Christmas Table Runner
Project Creator: Shirley Capon
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: BEGINNER
It’s Christmas and nothing sets the scene better for a festive Christmas lunch than the perfect table dressing. This Christmas table runner is a project both adults and children can dive into and be creative with.
>Scissors or Brother ScanNCut
>Ribbon & Cord
Firstly measure your table, and so decide the finished length and width of the runner. I decided to make my runner 2.20m long (the length of the table) and 22cm wide plus a 3cm contrast border. I needed to sew two widths of the background fabric together to get the required length.
Then I made a rough sketch. Very rough! Depending on the length of the runner, decide how many appliqués you need.
I then drew patterns for Christmas trees, gifts and baubles. You can get ideas from old Christmas cards, or the internet.
I drew my designs on the paper side of vliesofix in reverse and then ironed them onto a selection of Christmas fabrics. Scraps are good for this but make sure one fabric ties in with the contrast border.
Then iron the shapes onto the main fabric in the desired places.
Sew shapes on using the appliqué stitch on your machine. I added cord and ribbon for extra effect.
After sewing on everything you want on your runner, cut out a backing piece 4cm larger all around. Turn in 1cm around all edges.
Placing front and back pieces wrong sides together, fold backing fabric over front and pin in place. Mitre the corners.
Sew along edge right around.
Press and it is completed!