table runner
Projects,  Sewing

Making a Table Runner

A couple weeks ago, I posted about the three pillow covers I made.  I mentioned I was also going to create a matching table runner for our coffee table.  Well, I finished it.

And I think it turned out pretty great!!   (Just don’t look too closely.)

My goal was to use the same colors in the table runner, so it would coordinate with the pillows in our family room downstairs.  And I accomplished my goal.

Simple pattern

I found a very simple pattern, but could have just as easily made it without a pattern.  I liked the fact that the pattern produced a skinny table runner.  I wasn’t looking for something big.

All I did was cut 40 1.5 inch by 5 inch strips out of the colors included in the pillows.  I made some of the white strips narrower to add some interest.  However, I wonder if I really cut more than 40 strips as my finished length was 37 inches while the pattern said it should be 31 inches.  (I never have counted them since I finished.)  Now that it’s on our table, I’m glad I made this “mistake”.  It’s really the perfect length.

table runner

Finishing the table runner

Once I randomly sewed all the strips together, I simply cut two border strips, 2.5 inches wide, based on my 37 inch length measurement.  Maybe the pattern’s author knew the length would vary when she didn’t have you cut the border strips until after the colored strips were sewn together.  🙂

As usual, the quilting took the longest.  Instead of quilting the entire runner with quarter inch lines, I decided to do half inch lines on the gray border strips.  I did this to save some time, but in the end, I thought it looked better anyway.

What’s next?

My next sewing project is still something for me.  Do any of you wear aprons when you cook or bake?  I typically do (I’m kinda messy).

I saw an apron pattern a while ago that I really liked.  It doesn’t tie but simply slips over your head and crosses in the back.  And it’s reversible.  I searched and searched for a free pattern, but it’s one of those I ended up purchasing.

I’m excited to make it and I think about it every time I grab my current apron.  I found fabric on Sunday, washed it on Monday, and will cut it out later this week.  I can’t wait to share it with you!!!  More importantly, I can’t wait to wear it!

And can you believe I haven’t picked up a book for two weeks?  I must get some reading done this week.  I miss it but there have just been too many things to do!!!  What life.  😉

5 Comments

  • Jackie

    As a woman ‘of a certain age’, I think we have many things in common. I enjoy a little, crafting, sewing, quilting, cooking… but especially enjoy being retired (7years now) traveling and enjoying our family and especially 3 wonderful grandchildren. We traveled quite a bit before C-19 and look forward to doing more while we are still able, when it is safe to do so again.
    I’ve enjoyed finally reading fiction and for pleasure since retiring and enjoy following several retired bloggers. I’ve read Bob Lowry’s blog for several years and think his site may have lead me to yours.
    Hope this helps.
    Oh, one more interest, or thing I think I should be interested in and try to do, is to remain active both physically and mentally. Don’t always manage to get the exercise I feel that I should, but I try. I did better when I was a member at Curves and later attended a small exercise group. But since those options aren’t available currently in my small town, I find it harder to stay motivated when I have to do it on my own.

    • Retired Introvert

      Thanks so much for sharing all this. We do sound very similar in what we like and do. I also struggle with the motivation to exercise and miss my Curves. But I will be writing about some of that soon. 😁

    • Retired Introvert

      Jackie, as a new reader, which types of posts do you like to read? Reading, crafting, recipes, life in general? Want to make sure I’m including the types of things people like to hear about. Thanks.

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