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Embroidered Saint Patrick’s Day Table Runner

by Grace Bonney

There’s no question about it, green has quickly become my new favorite color. Emerald, mint, forest, turquoise- I love it all. With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I can’t help but want to embrace this color even more.

Most of the St. Patrick’s Day decorations I’ve seen are a bit over the top, so I decided to make a hand embroidered table runner for today’s project. The touch of green is a subtle nod to the holiday, and you can easily reuse the runner for other occasions. –Kathleen



-Cotton fabric
-green embroidery thread
-embroidery hoop
-black marker/pen
-straight pins
-iron and sewing machine (not pictured).


Step 1: Cut your cloth into a long runner to fit your table. I cut mine to about 44” long and 11” wide. Don’t forget to include seam allowance – I allowed for about ¾” on each side. Warm up your iron and press the edges down once and then again, so that you have nice pressed hems on all sides. Pin in place to secure.


Step 2: Use your sewing machine to sew around the hem you just pressed and pinned.


Step 3: Use a black pen to draw your edge design on a piece of paper. I drew open-ended triangles, but you can use any shape you like. Place the paper behind your table runner and trace onto the cloth using a pencil. Make sure to keep the design lined up with the edges.


Step 4: Put your table runner into the embroidery hoop and thread a needle with green embroidery thread – I split the 6-strand thread in half so that I only used 3 strands at a time. Tie a knot at the end of the length of thread and starting from the back, start embroidering over your design. When you run out of thread, tie off, and replace with more. When finished, give the runner a good press with your iron.





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    • Exactly – although the stitches could be in red for a Baseball/Softball party. Hot Dogs, Cracker Jacks, beer – bring it on!

  • This is so striking, and surprisingly simple! One question: do you wash the completed runner to get rid of the pencil marks, or are they well-covered by the embroidery thread?

    • Hey Joanna – I found that the stitches really covered the pencil marks, so I left it as is for now. If I do need to wash it in the future, I’ll treat it as a delicate so that the stitches don’t do anything funny.