Monday, November 10, 2014

Burlap & Lace Table Runner

Burlap is the perfect fabric for styling a Thanksgiving table, but it's also great for all year round. I especially love burlap with hydrangeas and peonies in the spring! I'm hosting Friendsgiving and my husband's and my first married Thanksgiving in a few weeks, and since I have two tables, I decided to make two table runners, both out of burlap. If you missed my guest post on Melanie Gets Married last week, you have to check out this No-Sew Burlap Table Runner! Today's table runner is a burlap and lace combination, and it's gorgeous. My friend, Tracy, and I spent a Sunday afternoon making it, and thanks to her help, we ended up with a beautiful product. There is some sewing involved, but it's the most basic kind. A little time and a couple fabrics, and you will have this beauty, too!


For this project, you will need: burlap fabric (2-3 yards depending on how long you would like it to be), lace fabric of your choice (1-2 yards depending on how long you'd like), sewing machine, off-white or white thread, scissors, measuring tape, pins.

Step 1: Measure the length of your table and decide how long you would like the table runner to be. Most runners hang about 12-18 inches off the end of each side of the table. We made ours 66 inches for a 40 inch table. 

Step 2: Measure and cut the burlap to the length you'd like.

Step 3: Decide how wide you'd like the table runner to be, and cut any excess off.

Step 4: Decide how much of the burlap you would like the lace to cover. I put mine in the very middle with about 4.5 inches of just burlap on each side. I also had around 5 inches of just burlap at the ends. Cut the lace to fit these measurements.

Step 5: Measure 1/2 inch on all sides of the burlap, and fold this under. Pin every inch or two. 

Step 6: Iron the burlap to make it smooth, especially over where you pinned.

Step 7: Sew a 1/4 - 1 inch hem around the entire burlap runner. This will prevent it from fraying.

Step 8: Knowing how much of the burlap the lace should cover from your previous measurements, place the lace on top of the burlap. Measure again to make sure it sits the same distance on each side and each end.

Step 9: Pin the burlap and lace together every inch or two.

Step 10: Sew a 1/4 - 1 inch hem around the edges of where the burlap and lace meet.

Ta-da! You're done, and you have a beautiful burlap & lace table runner for much cheaper than it would cost to buy! Happy sewing!

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  1. What a cute and simple way for a table runner! Thanks for this, totally pinned it :)
    Neive xo

  2. Bravo! I always admire crafty women. I'm just so not one of them. :P


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