I told you that the table runner ideas below inspired me to make a table runner of my own.
In considering both of the ideas, I really liked the overlapping ‘forest’ in the one on the left, but since I was planning on using it on the dining table, I didn’t really like the idea of the trees being upside down to half the people at the table. The idea on the right does solve that problem, but as cute as it is, it was just a little too symmetrical for me. I also tend to put candles or some other type of display in the middle of my table, so I wanted to leave that center section plain.
Thinking through it, I decided to make my runner with applique on the ends. I still may add some sparkle on the trees for a little Christmas spirit.
This project was really pretty simple. The cutouts consist of six green triangles for the trees and 6 brown rectangles for the trunks. I repeated the same three-tree design at both ends. Before sewing, I ironed the shapes in place with a fusible craft interfacing called Wonder Under. Basically it is a double-stick interfacing that you iron on in two stages, first onto your shape, then after peeling off a layer of paper and placing the shapes where you need them, ironing again.
This isn’t essential– you can pin the shapes in place– but the interfacing fastens it down nice and securely so you can then easily zig-zag stitch around the edges of the design. The interfacing also adds a nice weight to the design so that it lays nice and flat. I went around the design 3 times to fully cover the edges and prevent fraying. You could do it with a decorative stitch if you want.
Below is a closer view of the trees. I was especially happy with the fabric I used for the trunk. I bought it to make a computer bag several years ago. I found the fabric at WalMart. It is designed to look(kinda) like tooled leather. I wasn’t sure how well it would last, and in fact suspected that the brown would wear off quickly– it kind of looks like flocking.
Well, I’ve had that bag for years, and have dragged it ALL over the place and the fabric is still in perfect condition. I liked it so much that I just grabbed a couple more yards to make a Christmas gift. It is only $8 a yard, and just has a really nice design and feel. There are several designs available, actually. Anyway, end of WalMart commercial. But if you’re feeling crafty and looking for something fun to sew with, you might check it out.
I ended up being pleased with my table runner too. I might still add some bling– stars or maybe some little red birds here and there. Not sure. But this is as much energy as I had for it yesterday, and I am really enjoying it on the table already! This final picture shows the color most truly. Don’t you think the center tree at least needs a star on top?