May 21, 2013
Around Christmas time last year, my mom let me raid her craft and fabric supplies. My mom really isn’t a crafter, but she is a creative person and has been known to do craft and sewing projects every once in a while over the years. So she had a pretty good crafting stash with some things dating back to the 80s and 70s. Among some of the horrible 70s/80s fabric prints there were a couple of real treasures. One of these was the pretty blue and red floral print I used to complete my camera bag insert.
Back in the early 70s, my mom did some sort of tutoring for an Asian girl (I’m just saying Asian, because my dad thinks she was Thai, but my mom doesn’t agree). My mom received this fabric from this girl’s home country as payment. I grew up admiring this beautiful piece of fabric; a real crown jewel in my mother’s fabric stash. It had only been cut into once in all these years, so I knew I needed to do something special with it once I had “inherited” it.
My parents are doing some updating and re-decorating in their kitchen, dining room and living room to give it a more modern look. Knowing this, I thought it would be great to take this throw-back piece of fabric to create modern table runner! And this ended up being the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!
It was a tad time consuming working with this large piece of fabric, but in the end, it’s a simple design that achieves a stunning result.
So, looking for a way to add something new to your dining room table? Find yourself a fabulous piece of fabric to showcase and make this easy table runner!
Here’s what I did:
I laid out the fabric on the floor to see what I was working with. My fabric was 88” long.
My parents’ dining room table measures 40” x 84.25”. I decided that I wanted the runner to be about a third of the width of the table and for it to be 7 inches longer than the table on both sides. So to make things simple, I cut two 15” strips down the length of the fabric.
And because I wanted to increase the length of the runner by 14,” I cut both pieces in half so that I could add a center panel.