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How to make a simple Christmas Themed Table Runner

Step by Step Instructions for table runner just in time for Christmas


  • Fabric longer and wider than your desired table runner
  • Chalk marking pencil
  • Needles – #75 embroidery needle, #90 metallic needle and wing needle
  • Various threads for embroidery and sewing
  • Stabiliser (tearaway)

Step 1: Marking the Fabric

Remove selvedges as per your desired width and length table runner, then measuring in inches mark the following guides on your fabric using the chalk pencil and a quilting ruler:

  • The horizontal and vertical center meridians.
  • Vertical guide 2.5” in from both ends of the runner.
  • Second vertical guide 2” in from the first guide on both ends.
  • Center points of your chosen embroidery design along the horizontal meridian, once again for both ends.

Make sure to leave enough space for the embroidery design. In my example I used 6” in from the 2nd end guide as my center point.

Step 2: Machine Embroidery

Place the fabric in the hoop making sure to line up the center point of the chosen embroidery design with the center point marked in Step 1. Embroider your design and then repeat on the opposite end of your table runner.

Step 3: Edging on the 2.5” Line

Cut two pieces of tearaway wide enough to cover the width of the table runner and at least 6” wide. Place on the reverse side of the fabric at each end under the 2.5” and 2” vertical guides.

Stabilise the Fabric:

  1. Using foot No.1 stitch a straight stitch along the 2.5” vertical guide at both ends.
  2. Using the same foot select zig-zag stitch (length 2.5, width 3.5) and stitch over the straight lines.

Satin Stitch Edge:

Still using the No.1 foot, zig-zag stitch (length 0.2, width 5.5) over the initial zig-zag to create edging. Reason for using the No.1 foot is that central needle position marker on the foot is perfect guide for sewing straight along the previous straight stitched line.

Step 4: Embellishment on the 2” Line

Select your favourite embroidery stitches from your machine. Using the 2” marked line as a guide, sew across the width of the runner to create an interesting border. Repeat at the other end.

NB: If you use metallic threads, use the metallic needle and reduce the speed.

Step 5: Marking the Horizontal Hems

Along the top and bottom horizontal edges of the runner, mark 0.5” hem in from the edge of the fabric. Then at each corner of the runner cut out a rectangle along the 0.5” hemline up to the satin stitch edge (2.5” x 0.5”), this is to reduce bulk in the corners.

(Refer to picture in Step 4)

Step 6: Preparing the Hems

Fold the 0.5” hem towards the reverse side of the runner and then iron flat. Repeat for the opposite length.

To complete the hem – fold the previous 0.5” hem over a second time and then iron flat. Once again repeat for the opposite length.

Step 7: Finishing the Hems

  1. Using foot No.20 and a wing needle, select a blanket stitch (length 2, width 3.5).
  2. Place tearaway on the reverse side of the folded hem and then with the runner right side up, stitch carefully, 0.5” in from the outer edge.
  3. Sew the loose threads back into the hem and remove all the tearaway.

Fray the raw edge on both ends to create tassels.

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