Thursday, December 13, 2012

Two Weeks Of Handmade Christmas Ideas {Day Three}

Hello and welcome to the Two Weeks Of Handmade Christmas Ideas series! 

Did you see Days One and Two? If you missed out you can catch up here and here. Let's get on with the fun.

{Day Three}

Festive Table Runner

I love a table runner. It is such a simple way to add a little something extra to an otherwise simple table setting. And adding ruffles? You had me at hello.

Here's what you'll need:

3 types of fabric (the choice is yours, I went with a really open weave linen and some red and white Christmas fabric for the ruffles.)
For the centre piece I used 1/4 metre width by 2 metres length - this should be adjusted for the size of your table.
For the ruffles I cut 2 strips of each fabric - 2 x 6.5 inches x 20.5 inches, and 2 x 9.5 inches by 20.5 inches

To keep things nice and simple, turn under each side of the length of the runner by 1/4 inch and press. Sew a straight stitch along the length. 

Here is my fabric ready for the ruffles. The red with birds is the larger pieces to be the underneath ruffle and the white with red snowflakes goes on top.

Turn under by 1/4 inch, press and sew the two short sides and one of the long sides of the pieces for the ruffles. It is important to leave one long edge un-stitched at this stage to make the ruffle.

Pin the smaller strip on top of the larger strip, and 3/4 inch down from the top sew a straight stitch in the longest length possible on your machine. Make sure to leave plenty of thread each end of the fabric to pull into ruffles. 

To make the ruffles gently pull a piece of thread left long and gently push the fabric back against it. This can take a little practice and you may accidentally pull a little hard at first and break the thread. If you do this simple unpick and start again. 

Once the ruffle is to the same width as the centre of the runner, tie off each end of the thread.

Now pin the ruffle to the end of the centre piece with the right sides of the fabric facing in (facing each other)

Now sew a regular length straight stitch all the way across. Repeat for both ends of the runner.

Turn the ruffles out, press the centre piece of the runner along with the joins of the ruffles. Don't press the actual ruffles or they will go flat.

And you are done.

I love mine! And I hope you make one and love it just as much too.

Head back tomorrow for {Day Four} and fun fabric strip Wreath.

Until then happy Christmas sewing! 

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