Monday, November 21, 2016

Burlap Table Runner

I have been doing a few little updates around the house.  This rug that I had ordered has arrived .  I really like the distressed look.

My assistant immediately ran over to inspect the new area rug.

I think I have her approval.  She seems to love it and has barely moved off it for the last two days.

 For my new table runner I chose sage green burlap and ivory and white laces and white ribbons.  I thought the sage green burlap was a little dressier look than the normal brown burlap. I plan to use it through the Holidays into New Year's.

  I began by making my table runner by pulling 2 threads, one on each side, were I wanted to cut the width out of the burlap to get the size I needed.  I chose to cut the fabric about 16" wide and used salvage to salvage for the length.  So I pulled one thread out 16" apart.  That is the easiest way to get a straight cut on burlap.

Here you can see where I followed the missing thread to cut my straight side.  You can also see how crooked the piece is  and what I cut off from where the fabric was cut at the store.

Next I took everything to the sewing machine.

I turned over a 1/2" seam to the wrong side and used a wide zig zag stitch on each long edge.

This made a very neat edge without a lot of bulk.

I measured the laces to be sewn to each end and hemmed the ends of all the laces to make a nice finish. Again I turned the edge to the back and zig zagged the raw edges.

Next I stitched the widest lace to both ends of the burlap first.

On top of that I stitched the narrower white lace on top of the ivory lace again using a wide zig zag stitch.

Next I used the two pieces of white satin ribbon to make a bow for each end that I hot glued in place.
I used a lighter to lightly singe the ends of the ribbon to avoid any raveling in the future.

And here is my finished runner.

Happy Crafting!

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