Recently we had the end of an era around here, we replaced our 30+ year old dining room table and chairs. I never thought I would but it seemed a bit old fashioned. Plus it was wobbly from years of people using it to help balance themselves as they got up. And one chair needed some work and when we went in to look at new ones, I was smitten with a new set.
I was happy that they came and got it and it started a new life with a new family. In the meantime our new set arrived.
I picked up some placemats at Sur La Table and we even got the upgraded protection on the table surface. Still, I wanted an everyday table runner for added protection.
This is the fabric, super cheap and cute. My daughter wanted her runner to be only 31 inches wide and no batting. Easy peasy!
I stitched up the remaining fabric on three sides, leaving a gap.
I turned it inside out, sewed the gap closed by hand and delivered it to my daughter.
And I had 11 inches left times 2.5 yards. I cut the strip in half and tried various fabrics out for the center.
I sewed in the middle of the two strips and evened up the edges.
I really liked the way it looked. But then I thought what if it gets wrecked?
Maybe I can make it reversible and put some iron on batting in-between the two sides?
I auditioned a couple of combinations but that blue was calling to me.
Finally I paired it with the numbers fabric and that was the winner.
I had used that fabric in a quilt and had a nice chunk of it left. I only needed one strip so I still do have quite a bit left.
I stitched the strip to both, turned it inside out and closed the gap.
Ta da, for one half price 2.5 yard piece of sale fabric and some fabrics in my stash I had a table runner for my daughter and for me.
Hers is 31′ by 90″ and reversible to the same fabric.
Mine is 12″ by 40″ with batting and two different sides.
Now my problem is which is the every day side and which is the fancier side?
Or should I just change it willy nilly?
Problems like these are pretty fun to have.
Plus I got two table runners from one length of fabric and they’re reversible. And I still have some of those strips left, napkin rings?
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