Brighten up your table with this colorful table runner. It uses the Cherry Blossom or Pumpkin Pie pattern, which is quilted as you go. Try it with or without batting for a more or less dimensional look. It is a simple circular quilt pattern, that easily lends itself to any length necessary to fit your table size. Add additional circles or use fewer to accommodate your desired length. It also easily adapts to placemats.
BEFORE YOU START
- Practice working with the OLFA Circle Cutter to get used to the motion of the tool. Watch the demonstration video to see how to hold the circle cutter, change the blade, and more.
- Consider your fabric choices. Silk or satin make for a fancier look, while seasonal fabrics are always a good choice.
- Finished table runner measures approximately 60″.
1 yd. fabric each, in two contrasting colors
2 yds. batting (optional)
Thread to match
- Cut (16) 8-1/2″ circles from both fabrics using your rotary circle cutter. (32 circles total)
- Place two circles right sides together, using one circle from each fabric.
- Sew together using a scant ¼” seam allowance, leaving a small opening for turning.
- Turn circles right side out. Slip stitch opening closed. Press carefully. Tip: To keep the shape of your circles, “press” them, don’t iron.
- Place two circle sets together, right sides (or desired top fabric) facing out. Pin.
- Using your ruler, measure 1 inch from pinned edge and mark with pencil.
- Stitch circles together using pencil mark as seam line. Press petal shaped seams open to expose fabric underneath.
- Continue sewing circle sets together into rows until desired size. Table runner here is 2 rows of 8 circles. Stitch rows together, as above, using the 1 inch pencil marks as your seam allowance. Press.
- If you like, topstitch the seams in place using a decorative stitch in contrasting rayon thread.
- To create a padded runner, place 8″ circles of batting in between circles before you sew them together.