Do You Like to Sew Table Runners?

Are you a table runner person? I’ve never actually made a table runner, nor do I have one adorning my dining room table at home. But I’ve been seeing a lot of really neat table runner patterns lately, which has gotten me thinking about them.

Ann Scholosser Modern Wave
Shannon Schlosser – Modern Wave

Looking back on my childhood, there was not a table runner to be found in my house. When entertaining, my mother would decorate our dining room table simply, with candlesticks, wooden trivets, straw place mat, and linen napkins.

Now that I have a house of my own, my dining décor tends toward my mother’s simple style. But I do have one table runner—a wedding gift from a family friend—that makes its home on the farmer’s table in my dining room. It adds a touch of color and interest when I set up food and drinks on it when entertaining.Back when I learned to quilt, place mats became a go-to gift for the loved ones in my life. I made them for two sets of grandparents, my great aunt and uncle, and an aunt and uncle. I never really thought to make them table runners!

If you’re looking for a great table runner pattern, check out Shannon Schlosser’s Modern Wave Table Runner from the spring issue of Easy Quilts, 2015. The issue is great year-round if you’re looking for quick projects or gifts to make for family, friends or one-of-a-kind gifts. 

It seems like my sewing to-do list is ever growing, but I might have to add table runners to my gift-giving wheelhouse. What about you? Do you enjoy stitching table runners, for yourself or others? I can’t wait to hear. 

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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

10 thoughts on “Do You Like to Sew Table Runners?

  1. I think making table runners and table toppers are two of my favorite quilting projects. You get the fun of designing a quilt, but it goes so much faster. And I can store a lot of toppers and runners in a small closet, so I can change the look of my tables quickly. They are most appreciated gifts too, I’ve found, as most people I’ve given them to don’t have any.

  2. Hi
    Not only are table runners fantastic in terms of something fun to design but they have also proven to be a wonderful fund raising tool. I sew several per year, using techniques that I am unfamiliar with in order to expand my sewing/quilting knowledge, then save them in a special bin to donate for various fundraisers in our community. The local library receives one every year for sale in their annual silent auction. The runners have raised money to help people with cancer, people recovering from strokes, helping families that have lost their home to fire, to benefit local youth…the list is endless.
    Another bonus is that my legacy from sewing includes smiles not only from friends and family but also from strangers.

  3. I love sewing table runners because they are quick projects! They are also a great way to try out a new technique. If you don’t love the technique you haven’t invested as much as if you were making a bed spread or other large project. I have many and switch them out with the seasons…an easy, inexpensive way to redecorate my dining room table!

  4. I love to make table runners, am making one now for a wedding gift, have made some for my daughter so she has each holiday and others for her house decor. I seem to give them all away so right now I am making 2 for myself.. It is easy, fast and gives me the opportunity to try new techniques in a small way.

  5. I like to make table runners out of the leftover blocks from a quilt. Sometimes the table runner is more interesting than the quilt itself because I’ll mix and match the leftover pieces of the blocks. It’s a great way to Not have orphan blocks!

  6. Abby, thanks for featuring my runner in your post. I find runners are a great way to make a smaller, more doable quilting project and dress up your home. They also make great wall hangings for those narrow spots around the house that need some color. I like what others had to say about using a runner as place to try new techniques without the commitment of an entire full sized quilt. Good idea. Runners are great so give one a try.

  7. Table runners and mats are a great way to play with a quilt design idea or practice free motion quilting. Here is the last one I made, where I was playing with color and composition.

  8. As the creative force behind Skinny Quilts & Table Runners and the sequel, SQ&TR II, you KNOW I love table runners. A great way of trying out a new technique with just a slice of the effort a larger quilt would take. A wonderful narrow format for an art quilt, whether on a horizontal or vertical surface. A VERY welcome gift to drape across a coffee or side table, kitchen island, piano, wing back or ladder back chair, railing, or hang between two windows or over a narrow space. As art or craft, I love to go Skinny!–Eleanor Levie

  9. I really like to make table runners and I like to make up my own designs. I bought a kit and it had thermo fax designs in it, so I am going to make a design using the screens. My sewing room has drawers and shelves and a place for my reg. sewing,serger,and embroidery machine.I have shelves under the sewing counter for my threads etc. One side is for my serger and machine and the other side are for my embroidery machine. I have more shelves to keep all my books and magazines. Across from that is my craft counter where I bead, paint, metal work and scrapbooking. Under each side of the counter is where I store all my equipment for such crafts. Then I have drawers to keep my fabrics and a cabinet for interfacings, etc. I really enjoy working and being in my room.

  10. I really like to make table runners and I like to make up my own designs. I bought a kit and it had thermo fax designs in it, so I am going to make a design using the screens. My sewing room has drawers and shelves and a place for my reg. sewing,serger,and embroidery machine.I have shelves under the sewing counter for my threads etc. One side is for my serger and machine and the other side are for my embroidery machine. I have more shelves to keep all my books and magazines. Across from that is my craft counter where I bead, paint, metal work and scrapbooking. Under each side of the counter is where I store all my equipment for such crafts. Then I have drawers to keep my fabrics and a cabinet for interfacings, etc. I really enjoy working and being in my room.

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