Tutorial! Quilted Christmas table runner
We have such a fun Christmas project for you today! Caroline designed this quilted table runner based on the simplest of briefs (I want a table runner! made of triangles!) and it is seriously adorable. It brightens up our shop and it is just the perfect thing to decorate your table for Christmas lunch or to put under the mince pies and carrots you leave out for Santa and his reindeer!
The finished table runner you see here is 18” x 28 ½” but you’ll have enough fabric to customise your size if you grab one of the skinny quarter bundles we put together for this project. Our bundle mixes traditional red and green with pops of peach, gold and icy blue. There are so many opportunities for fussy cutting too, using the adorable designs by Aless Baylis from Festive Friends. You can find this bundle in the shop here.
Cotton and Steel Basics – Netorious in Anna Peach (Cotton and Steel)
Festive Friends – Friends in Aqua by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)
Studio Christmas – Mini Candy Cane Stripe in Red (Michael Miller)
Twist – Gold (Dashwood Studio)
Festive Friends – Friends in Pink by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)
Handmade – Dot in Red by Bonnie & Camille (Moda)
Kona Cotton Solids – Willow (Robert Kaufman)
Festive Friends – Puddings by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)
- 8 skinny quarters of fabric for the top
- ½ metre backing fabric
- 1 skinny quarter for binding or use your scraps
- Insulating wadding
- 60° triangle ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Coordinating thread for piecing and quilting
- Basting pins or 505 spray baste
- Optional: Wonder clips for holding your binding in place
1. To make the table runner in the same size as the pictures, cut 40 triangles + 8 corners on grain using the 5 ½” triangle measurement on your ruler. I used 23 triangles + 1 corner of designer fabric and 17 triangles + 7 corners of stash builders and solids.
2. Arrange your triangles in rows at random until you’re happy with the layout. When planning my layout, I arranged the directional pieces to face one way on half of the table runner and the opposite way on the other side, so when you’re looking at it from your side of the table it will look right-side-up.
I used four rows of triangles to fit my table but you can adjust the layout with your own table measurements and add more triangles to fit to size. You should have enough fabric to cut additional triangles but keep in mind that fussy-cutting takes extra fabric.
3. Sew your triangles together into strips and press the seams open.
4. Sew the strips together.
5. Spray or pin baste. Quilt as desired and bind. I used very simple straight line quilting and bound the quilt by machine.
Top with decorations or treats and enjoy!