Interior designers have numerous ideas to decorate homes of their clients. Even a simple and inexpensive décor plays a part in making an iconic interior design. A small piece of clean cloth can serve the purpose of a dining table décor or an outdoor picnic table. Whether it is a regular formal dinner or you have invited someone for a special occasion, a designer table runner makes the dining table inviting. And, you have spent a boatload of dollars on your dining table. You do not want to completely cover your beautiful and expensive dining table under a table cloth. This long narrow table linen adds an accent to the dining table. It is made from various materials and there are so many options when it comes to color, size and design.
The beauty of handmade table runner is hard to beat. You can head to the market or explore an online collection of beautiful and designer table runners . Or, you can use your creativity to make a table runner at home that too by spending less than $6. So, let’ see how a homemade table runner gives a dose of beauty to your dining table. It will not take more than 30 minutes and no exceptional sewing skills are required.
Material Required For Making a Table Runner
• Fabric: Silk and polyester both are ideal for making a table runner. The dimensions of the fabric depend on the size of the dining table. Silk beats polyester in quality and polyester beats silk in cost.
• Backing fabric and thread matching that fabric.
• A tape or rural
• A Sewing machine
• A pair of scissors
• An iron
• Dressmaker pins, a rotary cutter and cutting board are optional
Making a Table Runner
It starts with the main attraction – the main fabric. Designer table runners are lovely. A fabric with patterns also works well. Take the backing fabric and spread it out on a clean and flat surface. Cut the main fabric to the required size and spread it out right side down on the backed fabric.
Line up the top and bottom edges of both fabrics on their left and right sides.
Keep seam allowance between 1/4” and 1/2” and sew pinned sides of the fabric.
Now you have a fabric tube. Turn it inside out. You can see the right sides of both fabrics facing out.
Spread out this fabric tube on an iron board or any other flat surface with the main fabric on the top. All borders of the fabric become visible when you smooth it out.
Use the ruler or tape to make sure that the same amount of border is visible on sides.
Set the iron to steam and press the table runner. Focus on the folds when you iron to make seams crisp and sharp.
Giving the Finishing Touch
Fold edges of the runner ¼” towards the backing. Press seams and sew the hem. Trim uneven and ragged edges using a rotary cutter. Finish off edges using zigzag stitches. Now the table runner is ready to give a new look to your table.
Author Rustam Fayziev has mastered the art of home décor and writes in his blogs about distinguish fabrics and decoration materials to help others to take benefit from it.