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Alrighty then…so, in addition to being a great fabric to craft and decorate with, burlap has become quite popular for use in wedding details. And today’s tutorial will work for both as well. Whether you’re looking for a fun craft project that will look gorgeous in your home or if by chance you want to use burlap in your wedding, but maybe you want something more elegant than just a piece of the fabric, this tutorial is definitely for you.
Here’s what you’ll need.
The length and width of this runner is really a matter of preference, therefore you do not need to follow these measurements if your table size is different than mine. Use my measurements here as a base and adjust accordingly to suit your specific table size.
My table length is 72 inches so I made the runner 90 inches which gives 9 inches of over-hang for each end of the table. You may adjust more or less here for the size of your table. The width of my runner is 12 inches
Step 1: Cut Four 4″ wide by 91″ long strips of burlap. (Hint: Another advantage of ordering burlap from BurlapFabric.com for making a runner, it comes in a nice big roll that makes it really easy for this project!)
Step 2: Fold over and iron all four edges of each strip at 1/2 of an inch. Then sew a straight stitch on all 4 edges of each strip to secure pieces from fraying.
Step 3: Next cut your horizontal pieces and repeat process. Cut pieces 4″ wide by 13″ in length and sew a straight stitch at 1/2 inch around all edges to prevent fraying. (Note…if your burlap has a line of red thread on one side like mine, you will need to pull out that thread before you sew up the side.)
Step 4: Take your 12 inch sewn pieces and begin to weave them over and under the 90″ long pieces and pin the edges to secure the runner in place.
Step 5: Once you’ve sewn enough 12″ pieces to finish the length of your runner and all edges are pinned, sew a straight edge around the entire runner to secure it in place. Optional…for a more finished look you may sew a double stitch around the edge.)
And that’s it. Now you have a beautiful new table runner. (PS…if you are making a bunch of these for a wedding, a special thing to do with the extra runners would be to pick some important people you’d like to give the extras to as gifts after the wedding or perhaps for their birthday or a holiday.)
I hope you enjoy this tutorial. As always, if you have any questions please leave a comment or shoot me an email.
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