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.
- 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
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.
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.
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 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?
What are the colors of the Irish flag? Green, white and orange and I love orange!
I sewed an orange strip at the top.
Then I sewed one in-between each section.
I pressed as I went along.
I had another piece of shamrock fabric and cut it to match the size of the front.
The quilting went super fast.
I trimmed it up and added green binding although I considered orange.
And there it is, all done!
Now I can't decide whether to have it on the table or on the island.
Creating my own design as I went along? That made me sew happy!
Want to see what else I love and post about? Check out my Facebook page. Like the page, check the get notifications and join the conversation! 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.