DIY Round Chevron Table Topper

We just finished a major redecorating project which we started shortly before the youngest child left for college.  She graduated two years ago so you can tell this was a long project and there are still a few little details we haven't taken care of.  When we had younger kids in the house, we had the office at the front of the great room with a computer that we tried to completely monitor even if we had to have them teach us what they were doing.  We changed that area into a conversation pit/sitting area which I adore. We have a round table there which is brand new.  How can we keep it looking brand new?  I will tell you how, I will protect it by making a DIY round chevron table topper.  And you can too!

rt1reHere's the cute table in question.  Don't you just love it?  I do too!  It is actually metal so what I am wanting to do is protect it from scratches.  If it was square or rectangle creating the pattern is as simple as measuring it.rt2re

For a round table, you have to be more clever and we all know that I am nothing if not clever! I taped 4 pieces of newspaper together and put it on top.  Then I created a crease along the edge and drew along it so I would know where to cut.  My husband had to help me rt3reas the first sharpie was dry and I suddenly realized I had left the good scissors in the kitchen.  Thanks honey for being my production assistant! I took those good scissors and cut along the Sharpie line and ta da, a pattern!

I was tremendously proud of this by the way!

Up to the sewing room went the pattern and me.  I had four final chevron fat quarters left.  I thought I had finished them with the lastrt4re project but I was wrong, these guys were hanging at the bottom of the pile.  I knew I wanted one side to use them.

I also had yardage left from my summertime chevron crush so that was the obvious choice for the flip side.  I folded the pattern in half and placed it on the fold of the fabric.

When I was cutting it out, I had to be careful to add a seam allowance as the pattern was the exact top but the fabric would be sewed to other fabric.

rt5reOnce I had the back cut out I took a look at my chevron fat quarters and played with them on the table. I had one strip cut but for the lighter fabric, I just put it there to see how it would look.

How about if I made 4 different quadrants and joined them with a 2" solid strip?rt6re

On the left you can see the idea and on the right, the execution.  Fast and easy and this time I have used up all my Riley Blake chevron fat quarters.  For real this time!

And we have a finished project to protect the table!

rt8reHere is the plain side which I like maybe better than the fancy side? rt7re

I won't keep this on the table, it's just for that moment when I actually get to sit in my conversation pit and have civilized conversation with perhaps some tea.  And a crumpet?  Hey, let me have some fantasies!

Here's the fancy side.  Fun!  I guess I like them both.

This project only took a couple of hours from start to finish.  That made me Sew Happy!

Want to see what else I am working on? Contrary to how it looks here, it's not all chevrons all the time! Check out my Facebook page. Like the page and join the conversation or at least chuckle a at my quilt jokes! If you want to keep reading my blog, you can subscribe. To do so, type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. That's all, you're done. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

These chairs are by the side table which I protected with a chevron table runner.  Check it out here.

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