Table Runner, golden chenille with ethnic appeal.

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. IMG_2541PicMonkey CollageGoldrunner

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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.  IMG_3667ETR

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.  IMG_3659ETR IMG_3668ETR  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.

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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?

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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 .

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2016 note:  In 2016 Center Circle Table runner was donated to GoodWill

 

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