This year we’ll be hosting our traditional St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner party. When developing a plan for the table, I knew I wanted to use a shamrock fabric that I had purchased last year at Joann and make a new table runner. When I sew a table runner, I usually line it with a coordinating fabric. But, this time I decided to make a no sew version, and not to line it.
The materials I needed for my project were:
1. 2 yards of seasonal fabric
3. Stitch witchery tape in two widths, ½ inch and ¼ inch
4. 4 spools of decorative ribbon (each spool contained 9 feet of ribbon)
5. An Iron
For this project, I made two runners which are used across the width of the table. Each of the runners is 18”x60”. For each runner, I cut a rectangle that was 19 ¾” x 64”. Note: If I was making a single runner to use down the length of the table, I would have needed additional fabric to achieve the desired length. For a 90” runner, cut the rectangle 19 ¾” x 94”, from 2 ¾ yards of fabric. For a runner 108” long, cut the rectangle 19 ¾” x 112”, from 3 ¼ yards of fabric.
1, Press the fabric rectangle. Then along one of the long sides, turn under ¼” fabric to the wrong side and press.
2. Along the same edge, fold under a 5/8” hem and press.
3. Cut a 64” length of the ½” width Stitch Witchery tape. Place it under the folded hem and iron to adhere. Repeat this process along the other long side of the fabric rectangle.
4, Fold under ¼” along the short side of the rectangle and press. Then fold under a 1 ¾” hem and press. Cut a piece of the ½” wide Stitch Witchery tape 18” long. Place it under the edge of the hem and press the hem to adhere. Repeat with the second end of the rectangle.
5. Cut a piece of ribbon 65” long. Cut a piece of the ¼” width Stitch Witchery tape the same length. (I needed one roll of ribbon to cut each piece of ribbon because I didn’t want to piece it. Since I only paid 99 cents for each roll, I didn’t feel like this was too extravagant. I will use the leftover ribbon on another project that I will share soon.)
6. Adhere the ribbon to the length of the runner on the edge using the Stitch Witchery and the iron.
7. Extend the ribbon 1 ½ “ beyond the hemmed edges of the runner.
8. Turn the runner over and fold the extra ribbon under. Press. Cut a piece of Stitch Witchery tape the appropriate length and iron the ribbon to adhere. Repeat the procedure to attach the ribbon trim to the second side (length) of the runner .
That’s all there is to it. So simple! And here is the result.
This project can be adapted to suit your needs or preferences. You might add a second row of ribbon, or place the ribbon in a little from the edge, or place it on the width of the fabric rather than the length. Another possibility would be to place strips of the ribbon across the width in several places. Lots of options for adapting this simple no-sew project.
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