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!
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