I decided to make a table runner that's a grown up version and create a little tutorial for you. Mine is made out of burlap but coarsely woven linen could also be used for a more sophisticated version. This looks great as a Christmas runner but would also work well for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Make another one in a pastel color for spring holidays.
Materials and supplies:
3/4 yard burlap
matching sewing thread
1 skein size 5 Perle cotton either matching or contrasting
blunt end tapestry needle
***Please read through the entire set of instructions before beginning. If you are confused by anything feel free to contact me in the comment section. I'll respond promptly!
When you buy burlap, undoubtedly the edges will be crooked and fraying and it needs to be straighten it. Pull on a thread that runs the width (in this case the longer edge) of the fabric and pull it out. It will leave a ditch in the fabric. Cut along the length of the ditch.
|cutting in the ditch created by the missing thread|
On the short edges of the runner is the selvage. The first thread on these edges need to be cut off because otherwise it will be impossible to fringe.
|Cut off first thread along selvage edge|
at that mark. You will pull out a total of four threads, two the length and two the width of the piece.
|Threads pulled out showing where the "ditches" intersect.|
Now that the fabric has been secured with machine stitches it's time to make the fringe. Pull out the threads from the outside edges and stop at the sewing machine stitches. It should look like this when you are done.
|fringe on all four sides|
|measure in from corners and mark with pins|
To prevent the threads that were clipped from coming loose, put a small bit of Fray Check along the edge. Test this on a scrap to make sure it doesn't discolor the fabric.
|Fray Check the clipped threads|
|pulled thread decorative stitching|
|Happy Holidays! Enjoy your runner!|