Sewing DIY - How to make a table runner with decorative trim

A table runner is another great project for someone that is learning how to sew.  They are quick and easy to make and the styling possibilities are endless.  Because of their simplicity you can make many different styles and change them up seasonally.  In this DIY, I instruct you on how to add a decorative trim to the runner but you could also make a plain runner and the results are just as lovely!

To complete this project you will need:

  • Fabric (1 1/2 yards or more depending on the desired length of your runner)
  • Corresponding thread
  • Decorative Trim (the length will be dependent on the width of your runner)
  • Fabric Shears
  • Chalk Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Measuring Tape
  • Straight Pins
  • Sewing Machine
 To Make the Table Runner:

Step 1:  Determine the dimensions of your table runner.  I was in no way technical about this...I just took my measuring tape and laid it across the table.  I eye balled what I thought was a good length for the table runner to hang down over the table and measured the total inches.  To determine the width, I laid the measuring tape across my table crosswise and again eyeballed what I thought looked like a good width for the table.  Once you have your measurements don't forget to add 1 1/4 inches to both the length and width for a standard 5/8 inch seam allowance.

Step 2:  Square off your fabric.  If you are unsure how to do this, you can reference this post here.

Step 3:  Fold your fabric perfectly in half, so that you will get two equal pieces when you cut your fabric.  Use the measuring tape and sewing ruler to mark the dimensions of your table runner onto the fabric with the chalk.

Step 4:  Cut out the two pieces.  You should have something that looks like this.

Step 5:  Take one of the pieces and apply your decorative trim to the fabric on the right side.  You will want the trim to point inward towards the center of the fabric.  Pin in place.

Step 6:  Baste stitch the trim to the fabric.  It should look something like this.

Step 7:  Take the second piece of fabric and lay it over the fabric with the trim attached.  Make sure you put the right sides of the fabric together.  Pin the fabric pieces together.

Step 8:  Sew the pieces on all sides, leaving an opening on one of the sides for turning.

Step 9:  Turn the table runner right side out and slip stitch the opening closed.  A slip stitch is a stitch that is not visible on the outside of the finished piece.  To slip stitch grab a bit of fabric at the seam on one side of the opening and pull the thread through.  Then repeat this on the opposite side of the opening.  The pictures below make this a little bit clearer.

See how I'm grabbing fabric from the top piece of fabric in this picture.

In this picture I'm grabbing fabric from the bottom piece of fabric.  The stitches are hidden in the seam and you can't see them.

That's slip stitching in a nutshell.  Easy peasey!

Step 10:  Press the table runner to remove any wrinkles and get nice creases in the fabric at the seams.

Step 11:  You can put a top stitch along the edges of the runner to give it a more finished look.  To do this I just lined up the edge of my table runner with the presser foot and stitched all around.

Step 12:  Wa-lah!  You're done!  Display your table runner with pride!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you make a table runner all your own.  With the holidays fast approaching, there are so many different color schemes and trims you can do to really dress up your holiday table settings.  Till next time dear readers!

P.S.  Don't forget to check me out on Instagram @cornerofcharmandstyle


  1. Having seen this in person, it is so lovely! Love the table scape here and use of the wood candle holders.


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