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ruffled table runner

so i had to make a cute table runner…

cause what’s a new dining room table without a cute coverup. it’s like a pretty lady in a pretty dress.
okay.it’s not. whatever.

walmart just got in this set of navy blue and red polka dots and stripes…it’s very nautical and cute..but i just wanted this cute polka dot! i bought two yards …..and have PLENTY to spare. one yard would be enough!

i cut a strip (if you have a yard you will sew two together to make is long.) measure your table..you are going to want to add 8 inches on each side for the hem and hangover…

this is how i hem…i WAS taught to fold over..sew then fold over again. i don’t. hello. we’ve met. it’s called lazy shortcut way mkay? i take my iron and iron over the edge (on all sides)

my fabric has a big bold pattern so i was able to line up my hems so the dots were right on the edge and not cut off…

then i fold over and iron again..and pin and sew!

cut some fabric in strips…these are about 3 inches by 44 inches…

quick little ruffle tutorial…..center it (you can do the edge but this will give the effect like a skirt..gathered top and then looser at the bottom…which would be pretty also!

the regular setting on my sewing machine is 2.5…i move it the highest possible (4.5)

DON’T backstitch! you just run it right through…see the big stitch?

then you just pull the one of the strings and it will start to gather. you just move those ruffles down and you can space them out however you please!

you can pull just a little and get a nice large ruffle…or pull it medium..or pull until you can’t pull anymore and get a nice small tight ruffle (this is the one i did) and i used all 44 inches of the strip…if you are doing a large one you will not need a strip that big!

 then i just pin on and sew as normal!

 okay…so the pin right above my thumb? that is the where the table edge is..i wanted my ruffles to hang below the edge so i marked it so i would make sure not to forget!

  (i added a piece to make my fabric longer…and i made sure the ruffle covers it!

i laid it out shortened so you can see that any size looks good
(and this was mid making of the table so bear with me!)

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.