I've got spring fever, and it has started to spread to the dining room. For the dining area, I wanted a color palette that was fresh, clean, and bright. As I began looking through my fabric scraps for inspiration, I came across these absolutely adorable prints from Marcus Fabrics. I began imagining brunch at Sundance, or a morning hike in Park City.
This quick Spring Dot Table Runner would be cute in so many different colors to fit whatever theme you are going for. If you're going for a St. Patrick's Day theme, choose lots of green dots. If you want more of an Easter-egg type of look, go with a variety of pastels.
- 2/3 yard of fabric
- 1/2 yard Heat N' Bond iron adhesive
- Fabric scraps for the dots
- 1/2 yard of cotton fabric for a binding
- cotton fabric for the back
From the 2/3 yard of fabric, cut thirty 5" squares.
On your 1/2 yard of iron adhesive, trace thirty circles on the paper side. As you can see, I used the base of a plastic cup to get my circle shape. You can use whatever is available.
The next step is to iron this paper to your scraps of fabric. Because I am using several different scraps, I first cut the iron adhesive into sections so I am only ironing 5 or 6 circles onto each scrap. Begin by placing your first scrap ("wrong" side facing up) onto your ironing board. Place the iron adhesive section over it, paper-side is facing up. Press the two layers together with your iron. (Refer to package instructions for heat setting.)
Cut out all the circles.
Remove the paper-backing from your fabric circles.
Place the fabric circle on one of the 5" squares so it is centered. I just eyeballed it.
Then, I like to stitch the circles in place.
Arrange the squares in the formation you desire. I wanted a long table runner, so I arranged them in ten rows--three blocks to a row. You don't even have to use all the squares--customize it to your table (like I did for my kitchen entry).
We will first stitch the blocks into their rows. Start with the top row.
Stitch the blocks together using 1/4" seam allowance.
Lay it back down and get ready to add the next square in line.
Iron the seams open so they are nice and flat.
Repeat until all the blocks are sewn into rows. The next step is to sew all the rows together. Start with the first two.
Lay the first row down onto the second one and pin them together on the side that will be sewn.
Stitch down the rows using the same 1/4" seam allowance.
Iron the seams open. Repeat until all rows are sewn together and you have a completed table runner-top.
Iron the table runner-top with a starch spray. Lay it on top of the scrap of batting.
Fold the table runner-top in half (on itself) so the back of it is exposed. Lightly spray basting spray onto the exposed back-half.
Pick up the corners and gently lay it back down onto the batting, smoothing away any wrinkles. Repeat with the other half of the table runner-top.
Flip the whole thing over so that the batting is on top. Lay down the back fabric to cover the batting and repeat the same steps to baste the back fabric to the batting. (Note: I happened to use a giant scrap of cream fleece for the back of mine which I would not normally recommend for a table runner. Not only is it thick and thus more difficult to quilt, but it's just totally unnecessary. You aren't going to swaddle a baby in the table runner...but it was a scrap that matched, which was the reason I used it...)
Once again, smooth away any wrinkles. Turn the table runner back onto its top and use safety pins as a reinforcement to keep all the layers together.
If you know me at all, my next step is to machine quilt this using my fabulous freehand machine quilting tutorial. After I have finished quilting my table runner, I trim away the excess batting and back fabric.
It looks so good! I love the swirls!
Next, follow my basic binding tutorial to complete the table runner. (And FYI: from my 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding, I only needed three of the 4" strips cut across the width.)
If you decide to make a table runner using my tutorial, share pictures of your masterpiece by joining Lella Boutique's Flickr.