Saturday, June 23, 2012

Burlap table runner

Hi everyone and happy weekend! We made it safely to New Jersey yesterday afternoon. Audrey is taking her morning nap right now, so I thought I'd put this post together for you! I've been dying to share this tutorial!

This is a project I did a few weeks ago for my mom. She has been redecorating her house with my help, and we thought this burlap runner would be a great addition to her dining room table. All of these pictures are from my house of course (for staging purposes) but, I like the runner so much that I'm going to make one of my own pretty soon!

Here's what you'll need to create your own:

  • Burlap
  • Cotton fabric in the color or print of your choice
  • Thread 
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Before you get started, you should know that burlap is messy to work with! I learned that quickly. It sheds like crazy and kind of smells bad. Well, at least mine did, but maybe that's because it came from a brand new bolt that was wrapped in plastic. Although, the finished product doesn't smell, so that's a good thing!

1. Cut your burlap to 16" wide. As for the length, it really depends on your table. I cut mine the length of the table, plus about an extra 8" (about 3" to hang off each end, after seam allowances). 

2. Once you have it cut, pin the raw edges down, and sew (no ironing needed!).

Now, set your burlap aside.

3. Cut your cotton fabric 26" wide by  7" long. Iron and pin one of the long sides, then sew.

4. Now, flip the fabric right side up. We're going to work with the other long end of the fabric with the raw edge. Adjust your straight stitch to its longest length, and without doing a backstitch, sew a straight line with your fabric facing right side up. Leave some extra thread at the end of your fabric. Again, do not back stitch when you come to the end.

5. Grab one of the threads (it shouldn't matter which one), while holding the edge of the fabric and gently pulling the thread. Your fabric will begin to gather.

Keep going until the entire piece of fabric is ruffled.

6. Grab your burlap and attach the ruffle to one of the ends. Right sides should be facing each other. Just pin the raw edge that you just ruffled to the raw edge of your burlap. Then just sew!

Trim any excess fabric at this point.

7. Now fold over the ends, pin and sew.

Trim the excess fabric.

8. Repeat steps 3-7 for the other end of the runner. Then, you're done!

Sit back and admire your pretty new runner!

I'm hoping to share some before and after pictures of my mom's house all redecorated. It's so cute, and this runner fits right in! In fact, I'm headed to her place this afternoon, so maybe I'll snap a quick picture for you to show you how the runner looks on her table!

*Update* We just got back from my mom's house! Here's the runner on her table! Isn't it adorable?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Don't forget, if you're looking for a fun night out, and you're local to the PA/NJ area, go see the Bucks County School of the Performing Arts Spring Showcase! Audrey and I will be there tomorrow afternoon. I have yet to see one of their shows, but I've heard they have some amazing talent and I have no doubt the show will be fantastic. We can't wait!


  1. I love it - such a good idea to sew different fabric to the ends!

  2. I love that table runner! And the kitchen table is to die for!


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