DIY Fun and easy Irish table runner tutorial

I love being Irish, I just love it. I am not 100% Irish, more like 75% but it's the part I claim and celebrate. We always had fun on St. Patrick's day growing up so I have continued that into my adult life. I have Irish china, shirts, buttons and all kinds of green linens for my kitchen. When I put it out this year I was underwhelmed. I needed to give a fresh Erin Go Bragh to my collection. Doesn't everyone need a new fun and easy Irish table runner? Yes, they do and here's how to make one.

Materials needed:

  • One quarter yard of three different fabrics for strips
  • Half yard for contrast strips
  • Quarter yard for end strips
  • Quarter yard for binding
  • Yard and a third for back if you don't want to piece it
  • Batting, thread

Irish tre 1I cut up three strips of white, green and shamrock. I made all my strips 2.5 inches wide. This was going to be an Irish table runner, why not a modified IrishIrish tre 2 chain?

I sewed the first three green-shamrock-white order. Then the second set I sewed shamrock-white-green. And the third set was white-green-shamrock.

When I sewed the strips I would sew going down on the first pair.

For the third strip I would sew going up.

This way I avoided the strips curving. And yes, I did learn that lesson the hard way.

Once I had a group of three strips together, I would press them all going one way. The next strip I pressed the opposite way. This will come in handy when I am piecing them together.

Irish tre 3I evened up each group of three strips.

Then I cut it into three 12.5 inch chunks. Irish tre 4

I lined up each section next to each other and sewed those together.

I did this with each different strip.

I sewed them together taking care not to always sew in the same direction.

I pressed them following the same pattern I had already began.

Irish tre 5When the 3 groups of three strips were all sewn together I cut them into strips.

I made the strips 2.5" wide. I wanted it to end up with squares of 2.5 inches. If you want you can make yours wider to begin with and cut them wider now. It's your table runner.

I got five strips from each group. Irish tre 7 I was making this up as I went along so I thought cool.

I sewed one strip from each group to make sections of three strips.

I made sure to have them go in the same pattern A - B - C.

When I had them all made I played around with them.

How did I want to join these together?

Irish tre 8I was making an Irish table runner, yes?

What are the colors of the Irish flag? Green, white and orange and I love orange!

I "borrowed" a piece from the collection for my husband's t-shirt quilt and at first I cut 3.5 inch strips. It didn't look right so I cut them down to 2.5".Irish tre 10

I sewed an orange strip at the top.

Then I sewed one in-between each section.

I pressed as I went along.

When I got done I thought it needed a little something so I sewed an extra strip of shamrock at Irish tre 11each end. I made them 3 and a half inches wide.

I had another piece of shamrock fabric and cut it to match the size of the front.

I added a piece of batting in-between and quilted it by machine, right on my domestic.Irish tre 12

The quilting went super fast.

I trimmed it up and added green binding although I considered orange.

And there it is, all done!

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Now I can't decide whether to have it on the table or on the island.

Or do I need to make another new table runner?Irish tre 14

Creating my own design as I went along? That made me sew happy!

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