diy wednesdays: no-sew holiday table runner

it’s holiday party time! seriously! it seems like everyone we know is hosting a festive little get together this week, so we thought we’d whip up a super simple, super inexpensive decorative table runner that can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes. we are huge fans of burlap and like to keep a few yards on hand at all times. with its rustic texture and neutral tones, it’s the ultimate, cheap, go-to fabric. after a little rummaging around in our scrap pile, we found a few strips of lemon yellow fabric from hable construction leftover from a chair recover, which we cut into a small grove of trees and attached to the burlap using double-sided fusible webbing and an iron. click here (or click “read more” below) for the full post and how-to instructions!

have fun!
derek and lauren

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Scrap of printed fabric (Repro Depot, Purl Soho, and Etsy have great affordable fabrics you can buy online- Grace)
-Piece of burlap that is long enough to cover your table
-Double sided fusible webbing (such as Stitch-Witchery)

1. Place burlap over your table and cut to size. Ours covers about the middle third of our table.
2. To fray the edges of your runner, gently pull away 1/2″ of burlap, one strand at a time.
3. Gather your scraps of fabric and cut out whatever shapes you’d like.
4. Cut the same size shapes out of double-sided fusible webbing (Or you could pin the fusible to the scrap of fabric and cut all the shapes out at the same time.)
5. Arrange the fabric on your burlap (with the fusible sandwiched underneath the shapes) in a configuration that you like.
6. With a warm iron, gently press over the fabric until the fusible webbing bonds the cut pieces to the burlap.

  1. angelune says:

    oooh! double-sided fusing is my new favourite tool. i’ve done a few things with it in the last year.

  2. rantingpixie says:

    fun! how do you keep the rest of the burlap from unraveling?

  3. molly says:

    wonderful! I love the simplicity, and that it’s not red and green!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I did that last year minus the fancy decoration. Everyone loved it and I added other rustic table decorations like pinecones. Cheap and gorgeous!

    Just a note to anyone thinking of doing this… DO NOT decide to wash the burlap (even in cold water on delicate) because it smells funny. It makes a terrible mess and ruins the burlap!

  5. Heather says:

    Cool, you could use linen or another tighter weave fabric if you want to wash this later. To keep it from unraveling edge the back side with an ironed on seam binding or, this would include a bit of sewing, you could stitch around the 4 edges.

  6. Evy says:

    Love this project!

  7. Gwen says:

    I can’t believe how many great ideas I’m getting from this site these days. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  8. lush says:

    grace, i am sooo inspired by this post, and am now finally in the holiday spirit as of today. i’ve been needing something festive for a tiny gathering we’re having and have decided to forgo the traditional christmas tree for this —

    i think i’ll also make one of these runners for the table. thanks for the wonderful project idea!

  9. This is a lovely idea – thank you for sharing it!

  10. Tracy says:

    An idea to stop it from unraveling — use Fray-Stop (from a needlework store)on the edges of the runner. Frey Stop costs about 2 dollars and you should have enough for a few runners.

  11. Jo says:

    Love, love, love this! It’s so simple and yet SOOooooo effective – what an inspired idea! I love instant gratification crafts so I’m going to have a rummage through my stash tonight and see what I can come up with.

  12. Joanna says:

    I love this project. Grace, these DIY Wednesdays are making me crafty like never before (seriously, I never craft). LOVE it.

  13. L says:

    Beautiful! It was so easy and inexpensive to make. Everyone is getting one of these with their gifts this year!


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