It’s been a while since I did a craft tutorial around here, hasn’t it? It’s high time I fix that, because I love crafting, and I love sharing it with you guys! Today, I want to talk to you about how to make a super easy, no sew burlap table runner. It’s perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner table!
This runner is really cheap to make (wayyyyy under $10), and is done in less time than it would take you to watch that Friends rerun where Rachael makes her “traditional” English trifle for Thanksgiving dinner. Yuck.
It might come as a surprise to you, but I love no sew projects. I’d consider myself an intermediate seamstress (sewist? sewer? girl who sews things?), but even I will always pick the easy, sewing-free way out of a project if I can get equally awesome results. And honestly, I think this burlap runner is actually way more cute as a fringed, no-sew project than it would be all clean, neat and hemmed. I love the look of the rustic fringe! And I love that I didn’t have to get out my sewing machine.
All you need for this burlap table runner is, you guessed it, burlap! You can get “utility” burlap (meaning it’s not dyed or decorated and is way affordable) at almost all fabric stores. It’s normally around 47 inches wide, which is plenty big to do two or three runners, depending on how wide you’d like your runner.
And I was able to find it for a whopping $2.79 per yard. I have a pretty small kitchen table, so I only got two yards, but even if you have a giant table, you could still get by with not spending a lot of cash. You’ll probably want the runner to overhang the side of your table some, so measure the length of your table, then add 18-24 inches for overhang, and you’ve got how much burlap you need.
When you hit up the burlap section, you’ll probably see the non-utility burlap, too. The fabric that has pretty polka dots painted on. Or is dyed beautiful colors. Be warned! That stuff is a lot more expensive. As in $15 a yard more expensive. Too rich for my blood!
I think a plain burlap table runner is beautiful, but if you really want to jazz it up, you can grab a bottle of acrylic paint and a paint brush for a couple of bucks and do your own decoration. I decided I wanted to do some gold polka dots, so I went for some metallic gold paint. I spent $8.47 total (with tax) on all my supplies to make my table runner.
Now let’s make the runner. First up, let me show you the trick to cutting burlap in a straight line. It works for all burlap projects!
Measure and cut
Measure from the edge of your burlap how wide you want your runner to be. I went with 12 inches, because I wanted enough room on either side for my placemats. Measure in, and mark it.
Now take where that mark is, and pick the vertical thread and pull.
Keep pulling (you’ll probably need to bunch up the burlap to move it along the thread), until the thread is all the way out.
Once the thread is out, voila, you have a magical straight line to cut along. Sorcery! Go ahead and cut along that line.
I love a rustic style fringe on my burlap table runners, so I pull threads along all sides until I get the desired fringe length.
This also helps it from fraying during use.
Decorate (or not).
You can use your runner as is—you might want to run it under a warm iron first—or you can jazz it up a little bit. I used my gold acrylic paint and sponge paint brush to paint on polka dots.
Important to note, whether you decorate it or not, you won’t want these runners to go through the washer or dryer—they will fray quite a bit. Just spot clean them with a wet cloth if needed, and then fold them up and store them until the next time you need them.
And that’s it! Put it on your table. Decorate with some cute pumpkins and wait for the compliments to roll in from your dinner guests.
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