Handmade Holidays Nov. 14: Table Runners

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 Welcome back for the 14th day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Sew a new table runner for your home decor using one of these table runner sewing tutorials. Whether you’re interested in sewing, quilting or embroidery, we have a table runner idea for you. With so many options, it will be hard to select just one runner to make. Good thing, you can make as many as you like! Switch up the fabrics and colors to suit any season.

Nancy has also contributed Wall Pocket Organizers, Fabric Bins, and a tutorial on sewing French seams.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Nancy Zieman

From Nancy:
Nancy Zieman—author, designer, businesswomen, TV producer, blogger and national sewing authority—is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada.

Nancy has written numerous how-to sewing and quilting books, and released her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, in 2013. Nancy is the National Spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing machines and Nancy’s Notions®. She designs patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company, designs sewing and quilting products for Clover Needlecraft, Inc., designs fabric collections with Riley Blake Designs, and also writes an interactive blog.

Nancy lives in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with her husband, Richard. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.

You can watch Sewing With Nancy® online at nancyzieman.com and visit Nancy at nancyzieman.com/blog.

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Hexagon Table Runner
At first glance, this table runner looks like it is pieced with traditional hexagons. Not so with this speedy column quilt design. The hexagon shapes are created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux hexagon halves are stitched in columns with relative speed and ease. Plus, the results are dramatic.


Topsy Turvy Table Runner
Make a nontraditional Dresden plate. No round shapes in this table runner—the wedge-shapes of the Dresden are stitched, well…topsy-turvy, to create a linear look. This finished table runner is approximately 18″ x 86″. You could shorten or lengthen depending upon your table size.


No-Hassle Triangle Table Runner
Many of you commented on the ease of creating triangles with the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and wanted additional projects. I’m confident you’ll add the No-Hassle Triangles Table Runner to your to-do list. Made in the same style as the projects featured in Quick Column Quilts, triangle blocks plus column strips make for a fast, easy, and no-hassle assembly of this 21″ x 56-1/2″ table topper.


Festive Fall Table Runner
You may recognize this next table runner tutorial from the 2015 Fall Table Runner Challenge. Featured is the Box Quilt Block, which dates back to 1898. Each 12-1/2″ block is made with eight half-square triangles and a center square. This pattern is included in No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, a quilt block sampler pattern book. Streamline the piecing process by  using the No-Hassle Triangle tool.


Dresden Melody Table Runner
Think outside the traditional patchwork world and use a multisized Dresden Template to add a modern twist to a tried ‘n true design. I call it the Dresden Melody with five half-Dresden plate designs that seem to flow melodically together. The finished size is 28″ x 82″. Enjoy this patchwork tutorial!


Heartbeat Table Runner
No matter the size—table runner to king quilt—you can sew a quick column quilt in a heartbeat! Colorful accent strips in a variety of widths make up the Heartbeat Table Runner pattern, while the subdued one-color strips add a perfect background for the design. In my book Quick Column Quilts you’ll find this design sewn in various sizes including a baby and queen-sized quilt. In this post, I’ve scaled down the design to a table runner size, 24″ x 57″.


Silk and Ribbon Table Runner
Here’s a table runner that you can easily create in 2-hours—my kind of home décor project! Renaissance Ribbons, Silk Dupioni, and a little thread are all you’ll need. The ribbon is the unifying element in this design.


Pumpkins with Style
Combine in-the-hoop machine quilting with coordinating embroidery designs to your next fall-themed quilting project. I’m happy to introduce this exciting fall-themed embroidery pack by Amazing Designs. The possibilities for Creative Quilting Outlines…Pumpkins with Style are endless.


Charming Poinsettias
For sewing enthusiasts, fall is so much more than a lovely season with great weather and gorgeous foliage. Fall is the start of the holiday-gift-sewing-season! It is never too early to dive into the Christmas gifts and décor projects. Jump start your holiday sewing with this exciting poinsettia embroidery pack by Amazing Designs. Making festive holiday décor and gifts is easy with Creative Quilting Outlines…Charming Poinsettias. Directions for the Charming Poinsettia table runner can be found here.


Flurry of Snowflakes
Novice or expert, quilting is always an exciting adventure. With so many techniques and styles to choose from, it can be tricky to master precision piecing, until now. Let your embroidery machine do the work for you! By using the software in the new Flurry of Snowflakes embroidery bundle, you can easily create quilt blocks and finish the design with outline quilting motifs. See how to use the embroidery machine to create this table runner using this easy tutorial.

Related tutorials you might enjoy:Urban Scandinavian Winter RunnerFiesta Table RunnerChristmas Tree Table Runner

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Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US shipping only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies that contribute prizes.

The Tunic Bible: One Pattern, Interchangeable Pieces, Ready-to-Wear Results!

Author: Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr
Publisher: C&T Publishing

It’s the only tunic pattern you’ll ever need! A graded bodice pattern with alternate neck plackets, collars, and sleeves provides many unique, ready-to-wear fashions. From everyday casual to preppy chic, boho, or glamorous, you’ll find the look that’s right for you. Well respected in the sewing industry for their pattern reviews and online garment challenges, Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr make the tunic accessible and exciting for those with basic sewing skills and beyond. Full size tear-out pattern included. Sizes XS-XXL.

Sew4Home Bags and Totes: 10 Easy, Fashionable Projects Anyone Can Sew

(US/Canada shipping only.)

Author: Liz Johnson and Anne Adams
Publisher: Fons & Porter

Hit the town, office or schoolyard with these one-of-a-kind bags and totes! In this handy beginner’s guide, the experts behind Sew4Home.com show you how to create ten hip projects, from clutches and shoulder bags to a slick yoga mat sling and a vintage kids’ book bag. No paper patterns required!

Throughout Sew4Home Bags and Totes, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and sewing tutorials. Learn to make ruffles, fussy cut fabric, add an inset zipper, and other design details to give your bag a professional finish. Thanks to authors Liz Johnson and Anne Adams, learning to sew trend-setting bags and totes has never been easier or more fashionable!

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 13: Gifts for the Cook
November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer
November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts
November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

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145 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 14: Table Runners

  1. Rose in MN says:

    The quilting and colors on hexagon table runner is gorgeous! I’m surprised how easy the pattern is!

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  5. Jodie in CA says:

    I love making table runners. Fun fast project!

  6. Angela Brady says:

    Angela in Louisiana

  7. Mary Beth says:

    I love the Flurry of Snowflakes.

    –Mary Beth in MO

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  9. Audrey says:

    Oh my, I love everyone of these!

  10. Jenny says:

    So excited for new projects!

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  12. Amy in IL says:

    Love these ideas. Not sure I have time for them this year.

  13. Kathryn in VA says:

    I need to make a table runner for myself one of these days.

  14. bookboxer says:

    I always get tips about great gifts … and wonderful blogs and books …. from this series. Thank you

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  16. Barb K in NE says:

    Table runners are fun and quicker to make than a quilt!

  17. Silvia says:

    Okay wow the Dresden Melody is just stunnng. Really love the snowflakes and heartbeat ones too!

  18. Janice in Illinois says:

    Table Runners! What a great way to get started quilting.

  19. Gina Ia says:

    Cute table runners

  20. Ellen M. in OH says:

    I can see the heartbeat table runner done in holiday fabrics – great gift idea! Many thanks!

  21. Sandhya says:

    Nancy Zimmerman is one of my favourite Quilt teachers. I love table runners and have followed her tutorials on Youtube. Thank you for this chance to win these fabulous prizes.

    • Sandhya says:

      Sorry for the spelling mistake in Nancy’s name.

  22. caroline says:

    Table runners are always fun to make.

  23. Erika says:

    These are great ideas!
    Erika in MA

  24. Sandy in WA says:

    I need more hours for sewing!

  25. Beth in MI says:

    Love the fall runners.

  26. Judi B in VA says:

    Lovely quilting projects!

  27. Jenny in NC says:

    Tunics!! I’d love to learn how to make one!

  28. Katie in CA says:

    What a great idea – I’d never even considered a table runner as a gift!

  29. Lulu says:

    Silk and ribbon! So chic!

  30. Ruth L from FL says:

    Wonderful feature from Nancy – love the Dresden Melody table runner – might even try to stitch one up before Thanksgiving! Great giveaways as well – always an inspiration!

  31. Shannon Gates Thomsen says:

    Lovely, make s great housewarming gift too.

  32. Becky in DE says:

    I’d love to win the Tunic Bible!

  33. calypso says:

    The Heartbeat table runner is really my style!

  34. Melanee in UT says:

    I would love making the Dresden plate runner reversible with holiday themes…

  35. asteride in Europe says:

    I just love the Flurry of Snowflakes table runner.

  36. Susan says:

    Great holiday quick gifts to make!
    From Wisconsin

  37. Great projects! I especially like the hexagon table runner.

  38. April in KS says:

    Thank you!

  39. Suze in CO says:

    That Dresden Melody is gorgeous!

  40. Patty in MN says:

    Practical,yet eye-catching ideas with a variety of pattern ideas.

  41. Jacqueline in Canada says:

    Hi there,
    I love going through your handmade holiday lists every year…gives me great ideas on what to make for my friends and family!
    I’d love, love to win the Tunic book as I really need some plus sized patterns.
    Thanks & quilty huggs!

  42. I really would like to sew a table runner in the near future– my dining room table would be so glad to receive a special new look 😉

  43. Rebekka Steg says:

    So many pretty table runners!

  44. Lydia says:

    Hexagon table runner is lovely.

  45. ElizabethD in NY says:

    Ooh! These table runners are pretty!

  46. Felicia says:

    What great table runner ideas. Thanks for putting them all in one place.

  47. Laurie in CO says:

    Adorable- great ideas! I need to make one of these for Thanksgiving next week.

  48. DeborahGun says:

    I love the hexagon runner!

  49. Tina In MT says:

    Great ideas. I better get started.

  50. Paige in SC says:

    Table runners are a nice gift…homemade, but not to time consuming.

  51. claudia says:

    Love the heart beat table runner design. I am a modern quilter and that is right up my alley.

  52. Debbie in NY says:

    I like the Dresden melody runner!

  53. Delia in VA says:

    Beautiful runners! The snowflake one is lovely!

  54. Jolyn from FL says:

    I’d love the bags and totes book!

  55. Judy In OR says:

    Thank you for all these great ideas for table runners.

  56. Great projects! Thank you.

  57. Linda says:

    Great ideas!

  58. Zina says:

    Table runners are one of my favorite quilty things to make! I have Nancy’s book, Quick Column Quilts and am excited about starting a new project for the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Zina in CA

  59. Tracy Thompson says:

    Beautiful table runners!

  60. Lynne in WA says:

    I am obsessed about making some table runners. These are great variety to chose from. Thank you.

  61. Julie says:

    What to choose? What to choose? They are all awesome!

  62. Barb B in BC says:

    Tablerunners make great hostess gifts. Thanks for the list!

  63. Andrea in WV says:

    Thanks for the great suggestions!

  64. Marguerite Namdar says:

    Thank you so much for the table runner ideas. This will be a great help in creating Christmas gifts this year. Marguerite from California

  65. Bekki says:

    So many nice table runners. The dresden melody is my favourite

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  67. Kristin F. says:

    Very pretty table runners!

  68. jayne - TN says:

    I’m a huge fan of table runners! Love these!

  69. Julie says:

    Would love either of these!

  70. Cyrus says:

    What lovely ideas for table runners!

  71. Nancy says:

    I love table runners!! I use them all the time, and find that my family is always spilling something, and therefore, I get to make more!! Love these designs.

  72. Kate says:

    I love table runners and these are all so pretty!

  73. Kiri-pa says:

    A great selection. Thanks

  74. Samantha says:

    Makes me want to start quilting. Was never interested before but this is so beautiful.

  75. Laura in OH says:

    The table runners are all so beautiful. But I love the snowflakes the best.

  76. That Dresden Melody runner is fantastic! This is a great series — thanks!

  77. Patti says:

    I’m so happy that you included table runners this year. Love them!

  78. Joan says:

    I like to change my table runners with the seasons.

  79. Gia says:

    Such lovely ideas!
    Thank you for yet another great giveaway!

  80. Barbara says:

    The Flurry of Snowflakes is definitely my favorite today. Thanks for sharing!

  81. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the all!

  82. Kellie in Okla says:

    I need a table runner to cover up all the scratches from my teenagers abuse to my table. Dragging things across the table, leaving hot things on the table without a hot pad, water marks. Thank HEAVENS, i have an empty nest but now i hsve a one year old granbaby. Will i ever decide to get a new table?? Yes, but until then table clothes and table runners for me.

  83. Sandra in CA says:

    Love the silk and ribbon table runner!

  84. Christy says:

    I like the topsy turvy one! Very cute!

  85. Audrey says:

    I love the silk and ribbons!

  86. Mandi in CO says:

    Heartbeat!

  87. Emma in FL says:

    I love these table runners! so pretty 🙂

  88. Brenda in Washington says:

    That hexie table runner is absolutely scrumptious in every way! i like all the modern patchwork featured.

  89. Linda Fleming says:

    Love all the table runners – the Dresden Melody sounds intriguing… great tutorial for it too!

  90. Stephanie S says:

    Great patterns! I especially love the Topsy Turvy pattern.

  91. Jeanne in NH says:

    This is a nice variety of table runners. I especially like the snowflakes one.

  92. Renea says:

    I always watch Nancy on Saturday afternoons. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways.

  93. Gwen in NJ says:

    Silk and Ribbon Table Runner may be the only one I have the skill to accomplish; however, they are all beautiful.

  94. Joy Avery says:

    These look like fun to make and use.

  95. Tanya says:

    Love that Dresden Melody! The Tunic Bible looks awesome! Thanks for the great tutorials and the giveaways!

  96. Tina L says:

    I need to make a table runner for my kitchen table. I will try one of these.

  97. Marian in GA says:

    The tunic bible looks like so much fun!
    Pick me, please!

  98. Jeanne says:

    Wonderful collection of table runners…especially like the “Flurry of Snowflakes” piece!

  99. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Wonderful projects! Thank you.

  100. Angela Wilkins says:

    What neat ideas!

  101. Mary from NY says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a table runner for awhile – this post might actually be the tipping point. Thanks!!

  102. Mama Squirrel says:

    I wish I were talented enough to make runners like that! They would make beautiful gifts.

  103. Donna says:

    So many great ideas! Thank you for gathering all of these for us again this year.

  104. Patty says:

    I love the tunic book! Sounds great.

  105. Susan in MI says:

    Lots of nice projects here.

  106. Nita says:

    I have never yet made a table runner, lol. Beautiful examples. Thank you.

  107. Karlie says:

    I love the heartbeat runner! I’m in Manitoba so am eligible for both prizes but would particularly like the tunic one – fingers crossed!

  108. Sue says:

    Lots of pretty table runners!

  109. Ramona in MI says:

    I love table runners and these are all great.

  110. jackie in indiana says:

    Hey more great ideas thank-you love the variety!

  111. Rachel in FL says:

    The Dresden Melody table runner is so pretty

  112. Eleanor says:

    Cute!

  113. jessicac says:

    The hexagon table runner is fabulous!

  114. Anne in Tx says:

    I’m always looking for round toppers but I’d love to win one of these books.

  115. Lee in MI says:

    Awesome runners! thank you!

  116. Katie in GA says:

    Ooh, I quite like that snowflake runner! I don’t think I do the beautiful quilting stitches, though.. I can only sew in (crooked) straight lines!

  117. Kathy L in VA says:

    You could easily do the topsy turvy runner in greens and golds and they’d look like Christmas trees!

  118. Laura says:

    I’m very interested in the Tunic Bible! (and live in the US)

  119. Anne Marie says:

    Oh dear – I want to make all of these!!

  120. Suzanne says:

    I love looking at all the tutorials in the Handmade Holidays series. Thank you..

  121. Sam in FL says:

    The table runners are awesome. I am always on the look out for new runner ideas as my sisters want them for each month of the year.

  122. Rebecca Pullen says:

    What a great tunic/dress/top pattern! It should look super on everyone! Becky in WA

  123. Wendy in MI says:

    The snowflake runner is pretty!

  124. Therese PA says:

    Today is my day! I love tablerunners for gifts, and both books are my kind of projects! Thanks for the hard work out into these posts.

  125. Heidi in WA says:

    The heartbeat table runner is lovely! Great way to use up scraps!

  126. SS in NH says:

    That Dresden Melody pattern is so pretty!

  127. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Very nice table runners!

  128. Gweneth says:

    I like the heartbeat table runner, thanks for these ideas.

  129. Betty says:

    I’m going to try out that flurry of snow flakes runner, super cute!

  130. The heart beat table runner is fun and easy.

  131. usairdoll in CA says:

    I love using tablerunners to decorate with as well as they’re great quick gifts.
    Lots of pretty patterns.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  132. Cheryl says:

    I have wanted to make table runner for a while, and your blog has inspired me! I especially like the topsy turvy table runner. I think this will be my next project.

  133. amber in ny says:

    a table runner would make a perfect gift for a holiday host.

  134. Susan M in AK says:

    This is a great collection of table runners. So many options!

  135. Stephanie O. says:

    These are gorgeous!

  136. Margo in WA says:

    Some great ideas!

  137. Kay in Tx says:

    I would love to win one of those books,

  138. Laura K. says:

    Best post yet! What gorgeous gifts for that handmade touch. I want to make them all!

  139. ParisGrrl at US 09777 says:

    The dresden pattern is particularly nice.

  140. Cathie, CA says:

    Just got to make the snowflake table runner; I love it!

  141. KJ says:

    What a great variety of patterns. Thanks. And what fabulous books to win.
    KJ in Canada

  142. Patty says:

    Love the faux hexigon runner!

  143. Kristin in WA says:

    Fun projects!

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