Some times the simplest things are the best things, like this Burlap Table Runner.
I like to have some sort of fabric on my tables to soften all the rough edges and harder textures like metal and glass but for day to day a tablecloth is just too much. A table runner is the perfect way to add some softer texture to your table. I have recently become quite fond of burlap because it is so easy to work with, inexpensive, and versatile. Use alone, with fabric, paint, or ribbon-burlap it adds a warm and casual touch to your home. I have used it for everything from napkin rings to curtains for everyday use and to create a festive mood for the holidays. I have plans for some really fun and creative table runners coming up in November but thought I’d get started with this basic look that anyone can do. So here is my simple DIY tutorial on how you can make this classic look for your table too.
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A good standard width for a table runner is 12” so cut your fabric to this width, the length will depend on your table size so measure the length of your table from edge to edge and add 8” to that length.
A great tip for cutting burlap that I learned at the fabric counter of my favorite craft store is to pull a thread out of your burlap fabric where you want to cut, this creates a perfect line for you to cut straight.
Sew up a ¼” seam all the way around your runner, if you haven’t already removed the threads on the outside of the seam go ahead and pull them out right up to it, making a nice, neat frayed edge.
To press any creases out of your burlap use an iron on the steam setting and spray generously with water. It’s THAT SIMPLE!
Have you ever worked with any type of burlap before? Tell me what you made.