Hey there!! How’s your New Year’s Resolutions going? I already broke mine!! 🙂 Whatever! Anyhoo… In my Happy New Year post I featured this table runner. So, I wanted to share the making of…. 🙂 I purchased this runner from Ross back in Nov. when I went there looking for the tables in my post Great Finds in Metal Accents. Moseying down the aisles I also saw this table runner and couldn’t believe the price $5.99 for chenille, so I decided get it and save it for a January table runner.
I like this soft chenille fabric, but it was only 13″ wide. The runners I create are a minimum of 20″wide. and a minimum length of 72″. However, if you purchase a runner you like that is not the desired width or length, do what I do; add fabric and trims. This not only gives you the size you desire but you design it with your creativity. For this runner I added two additional fabrics. A gold, green and yellow Brocade, which was a 1 yard remnant for $8. A Cheetah Ultrasuede, I keep in stock. 🙂 (Love animal prints) and 2-1/3yds of accent gold tassel trim.
I wanted the runner to look as if a round tray was laying on top of the runner. A mixture prints, textures and trims, is what I love to do. And animal prints will always be somewhere in my sewing projects. I used the same tassel trim on Table runner makes wall art. My tip: If you ever see designer trim on sale get as much as you can afford. Designer trim rarely go on sale at 50-75% off. When they do I take advantage of it. This bell tassel fringe with braided trim can sell up to $17+ a yard. I snatched 10 yards for $5.99 a yard at my fabric warehouse. I couldn’t resist. My plan was to use a gold and black beaded trim which was not on sale, but this turned out ok.
After drawing my design, I took the original chenille runner apart and cut all my fabric sections. For the center I had to sew two sections together since it was only 13″wide and I needed a 18″ diameter. So do you think my $28(approx.) came to good use?
Runners are one of my favorite home accent pieces to design, create and sew. I love to design them using a mixture of fabrics, prints and textures giving a ethnic appeal. They are easy to create, versatile and easy on the budget therefore I change them often. I also use them on my buffet, over a chair, draped over an ottoman, coffee table, bench, an open door.
If you ever feel the need to create a table runner with a mixture of fabrics and textures, go for it. Explore your creative talents. It’s only fabric. 🙂 Until next time…sew, create and enjoy loving your home.
Here is the tutorial .
2016 note: In 2016 Center Circle Table runner was donated to GoodWill