Today’s project is perfect for beginner sewers! It’s quick, easy and you can sew it in an afternoon! (I love projects like this!)
When I decided to create a table runner, I went back and forth between creating a one-sided runner or making it two-sided. I ended up on a two-sided runner because I knew I with the fabric I chose I could use it all year round! PLUS, I had extra fabric to sew 8 double-sided place mats to match the table runner.
Place mat & Table Runner Size Chart + Dimensions
One thing I noticed when I was completing research online is there are so many different options when it comes to table runners. Typically table runners are approximately ⅓ the width of your table, but some can be wider, and most table runners hang over the table by 6-10″ on both ends. So if your table is 48” wide, your table runner should be 16” wide.
My table is 94″ long, so three yards was perfect for this project. The fabric was long enough to have just the right amount of overhang at the ends of the table. I was also able to create 8 double-sided placemats from the 3 yards of fabric. So keep this in mind if you want to make up to 8 placemats, even if your table isn’t as long as mine.
Supplies You Need to Sew Your Table Runner and Placemats
- 2 – 3 yards of fabric for each side
- Matching thread
- Fusible interfacing (optional)
Fabric I Used for this Project:
- Navy Blue Grid // Weave Fabric by Rebecca Reck Art
- Swedish Folk Art Bird Fabric by Meissa
- Cream Blueberry Fabric by Andrea Lauren (Blog post coming soon for this project)
Fabric I Used for my DIY Napkins (Shown in Photos):
- Scalloped Dots in Pantone 79-5 by Ivie Cloth Co.
- Wine Indigo Floral by Lil Faye
- Plaid Watercolor in Navy by Little Arrow Design
How to Sew a Reversible Table Runner & Place mats
Step 1: Cut out the FRONT and BACK of your runner and 1 fusible interfacing.
Step 2: Iron your material to get out any wrinkles.
Step 3: Iron your fusible interfacing to one side of the table runner or place mat.
Step 4: Pin the wrong sides of the FRONT and BACK fabrics together.
Step 5: Starting in the middle of your runner, sew a 3/8” seam around the entire runner, pivoting at each corner. Leave a 3-5” inch space between the first and last stitch.
Step 6: Trim the excess fabric and cut a notch near the corners.
Step 7: Next, turn the fabric right-side out by pull the fabric through the break in the stitch.
Step 8: Fold the extra fabric in and press the runner.
Step 9: Add a top stitch ¼” away from the edge of your runner or place mat and you’re done!
The fabric used in this post was generously provided to me by Spoonflower, but as always all opinions expressed are my own!